Insider Favorites: Sherri’s Guide to Avalon, California

Insider Favorites: Sherri’s Guide to Avalon, California

View of the marina and Casino in Avalon

I lived in Avalon on Catalina Island for nearly 20 years. This Pacific paradise offers unique adventures, spectacular natural beauty, and the closest you can get to Mediterranean-style living without leaving Southern California. Living on the island requires flexibility and adaptability, but it also provides the blessings of small-town life and unspoiled natural wilderness.

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A “Staycation” Haven

View of Catalina from the green pier

Los Angeles has so many opportunities for people to get away. It’s easy to forget what is available.

A recent trip to Catalina Island for work brought back so many memories of childhood and family that going back for a local "staycation" with the family will be an easy decision. From the moment the Catalina Express ferry leaves Long Beach for its destination of Avalon, there is an overwhelming sense of relaxation.

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Chill Out on Catalina Island

Avalon from above

If you want to lose the stress from life’s 24/7, then head straight to Catalina, the beautiful island just off the Long Beach coast. The ferry ride takes about an hour, and in no time, you can relish the warmth of the island’s hospitality and transition to “island time.” If you crave outdoor adventure or the tranquility of a quiet beach, you’ll find it all in this ideal destination.

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Catalina Island: Where Luxury Meets Nature

Avalon Bay in Catalina, California

Jetset Extra was recently invited to take an Eco Tour of Santa Catalina, better known as Catalina Island. Catalina Island is only 22 miles from the coast of Los Angeles and only a short boat ride away, so it’s the perfect weekend getaway. It features a wide range of water activities as well as camping, hiking and biking.

The quaint city of Avalon is known for shopping, dining, and being a great place to relax and get away.

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