Avalon, the gateway to Catalina Island, is the island's main city and home to many of its amenities, hotels, and businesses. There are plenty of things to do in Avalon during a Catalina Island getaway.

Getting There

Avalon is located just 22 miles off the mainland. The best way to reach it is via a 1-hour ferry ride on the Catalina Express.

Descanso Beach Club

Rent a beach chair or cabana and spend a few hours relaxing at this  beach club, one of the top things to do in Avalon.

Tour the Casino

The historic casino once used to be a gathering place for LA's elite, and is one of the most iconic buildings on the island.

Rent a Golf Cart

Renting a golf cart is one of the top things to do on Catalina Island - they are the main transport mode here. Cruise around Avalon for a few hours and check out the views along the way.

Wrigley Garden + Memorial

See native plants to Catalina Island and California, as well as a stunning memorial to William Wrigley, founder of the island.

Try a Buffalo Milk

The official cocktail of Catalina Island, made with Creme de Cocoa, Kahlua, Creme de Banana, vodka, and cream. It tastes like a banana smoothie!

Pleasure Pier

Grab some fish and chips and stroll the iconic pier, one of the most iconic spots in Catalina Island.