Santa Catalina Island is only 22 miles from the coast of Los Angeles, but it’s a world away from the city. Its natural beauty and laid-back vibe make for a great escape. Getting there is an easy hour ferry ride from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point. Upon arriving it’s impossible not to be charmed by the quaint tile-lined streets of Avalon or the isthmus village of Two Harbors. Whether you come for a day trip or spend a night or more, here are some of the fun things to see and do in Catalina.
1. Strap Up For the Zip Line Eco Tour
Active adventurers can get a birds-eye view of the island’s unspoiled nature on a two hour zip line eco tour. Experienced guides lead you on a thrill through Descanso Canyon 500 feet above the sea level, reaching speeds up to 40 mph. One of the lines is 1,100 feet long! Stop at five eco-stations along the way to learn about Catalina’s rich history, topography and lore.