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Just a short boat ride from Los Angeles lies Catalina Island with its white houses set against the mountain landscapes, and sandy beaches that lead into the clear blue Atlantic Ocean. Avalon is the main resort on this small island, although it remains quaint and quiet, with bars and restaurants that look out over the sweeping shoreline. Much of the appeal of the area comes from it exclusivity, with only a few hotels and facilities, allowing you to escape from city life and listen to the roar of the ocean.

Things to see

Avalon Pier stretches out into the sparkling blue sea, and you'll often see fishermen lined up to try and catch a bite. If you want to enjoy the colorful marine life without needing a snorkel then you can catch one of the glass bottomed boats that depart from here and can take you out to see deeper areas of the sea. This will also give you a great view of Avalon Port in case you missed it on arrival, and with white stone houses sitting on steep hills, and dramatic mountains covered with lush greenery, you'll want to make sure you have your camera ready for a panoramic shot. One of the best spots to enjoy the island's natural beauty is Descanso Beach which has long sandy shores, clear warm seas, and palm trees swaying in the breeze, allowing you to appreciate the calm of this island paradise. There are also some small bars and restaurants scattered along the seafront, and you can grab a cold drink while you watch the sun go down.

Hotels in Avalon

Most Avalon hotels offer a full resort experience, and this ensures you are well looked after when taking a relaxing vacation. You can enjoy luxurious features such as hot tubs, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness centers, spas, and poolside bars. There are often restaurants and bars within the hotels, and some resorts offer room service if you want a relaxing night in. This comfort extends to your guestroom where you'll enjoy plenty of amenities, and these can include free WiFi, air conditioning, blackout drapes, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, televisions with satellite channels, and coffee makers.

Where to stay

Avalon is the main town on the island, and it's where most of the resorts and tourist facilities are located. Set on a slope that leads towards the sea, it's surrounded by mountains and offers great views of the ocean from most hotels. The streets are lined with white houses and palm trees, and you'll find a few facilities such as souvenir shops, friendly bars, and small restaurants that offer a friendly welcome. As a quiet town there's not a huge amount in the way of nightlife, but at night it's great to be able to look out over the area as it's lit up and enjoy a cocktail or two as you relax.

How to get to Avalon

The island is home to Catalina Airport, although this is little more than a runway for private jets and a helicopter landing pad. However, with helicopters running from San Pedro and Long Beach to the island in just 15 minutes, it's certainly worth splashing out if you're in a hurry. From the airport there are shuttle buses that can be booked in advance, although there are no cabs on the island. If you're visiting Avalon then taking a boat is often the cheaper option, and this will take you into the port which is a short walk away from most resorts. Services leave from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point and take 60 to 90 minutes.

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