Earlier this year, I visited Santa Catalina Island. For those of you who are not familiar with this place, Catalina Island (as it is usually called) is located off the coast of Southern California at 22 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles. Actually, really close but a world away from the big city.
For years, I have heard magnificent tales about this little island. A lot of people swear this is the closest you can get to the Mediterranean ambience in the United States. Honestly, I thought all these were exaggerations. But, you know what? I had to ate my thoughts and words. The island does feel like it is located in the Mediterranean Sea. I have been to Capri and some Greek Islands. In Catalina, you feel a similar vibe, weather, view and coolness factor. I just couldn’t get enough of it.
Today, I want to take you on a photographic journey to the only incorporated city in the island, Avalon. The “city” is small (about 4,000 residents) but full of charm (the rest of the island is also gorgeous).
Here is why I loved Avalon:
Getting to the Island
I arrived at the island in a big cruise ship. Due to its massive size, the ship was not able to dock at port. You have to take a small boat in order to arrive at the main pier. While on the little boat, a pod of about 200 dolphins began to follow us. It was so great to see them. Imagine starting your day with dolphins surrounding you!!! Soon, the beauty of Avalon began to get closer and closer.
The Main Pier
Then, we arrived at the colorful main pier. A lot of excursion and activities are offered here.
The town waterfront street is short and oriented to tourists. However, it is really charming and has enough dining and shopping opportunities (for those who enjoy those activities).
The Artistic Vibe
Stores, galleries and shopping areas are decorated in creative, colorful and modern ways. It is like a shot of light for the brain.
A short walk away from the waterfront street, gives you a better idea of how people live on the island. A lot of houses, or I should say dream houses, inspire you to leave the mainland and run towards the island life. Adorable colors and unusual shapes abound.
When I say the odd, I am saying it in a nice way. I am referring to those little things that add a hint of coolness in the most unexpected places. What about a pink, old car? Or a multi-colored buffalo statue? Without doubt the oddest article was offered in one of the waterfront stores. It is called the “ex knife set”. It consists of a knife holder shaped as a person. The holder contains some holes where you insert the knives. Basically, you get the feeling of stabbing your ex every time you use it. Gulp. I guess there are those kinds of problems on islands too.
There was a restaurant offering topless tacos, whatever those are.
Of course, you can’t go to Avalon without taking a look at its World Famous Casino.
What was the worst part of the day? Having to leave the island. Avalon, hopefully I will see you again.
Have you visited Catalina Island? Let me know in the comments section below.