One of the nicest things about living in Los Angeles is being by the sea. There’s nothing as healing as the ocean air. We have plenty of beaches but if you really want to get away from it all, visit Catalina. It’s 26 miles across the sea from LA and is so easy to get to by boat.
I started going to Catalina when I was a kid – a zillion years ago
During the 1960s the way to go to Catalina in style was on the S.S. Catalina, a 301-foot grand vessel we fondly called The Big White Steamship. It was built in 1924 and is now, sadly, sitting half-sunk off the coast of Ensenada.
As a pre-teen and teen in the 70s, we lived in Orange County and would take our cabin cruiser called the Toot Sweet to the island out of Newport Bay. Later, my dad switched over to a sailboat that was moored in San Pedro. For a while, he flew a small Cessna and would occasionally fly us to Catalina for lunch to eat Buffalo Burgers. We weren’t rich but dad loved his toys.
My kids went to summer camp there a few times and once I took them on an overnight trip on the Catalina Express.
That’s why I wanted to tell you about a special that’s running right now
Whether you are looking for a fun adventure, want to spend a day relaxing, or are planning your very first visit to the island, Catalina has something for everyone including more than two dozen land and sea activities & adventures, overnight accommodations, spa experiences, and more.
Catalina Island Company is offering its lowest rates during fall and winter for boat and hotel packages when you go midweek. The package includes round trip transportation on Catalina Express from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point and overnight accommodations at one of our outstanding properties in Avalon or Two Harbors.
Guests can choose from the newly-renovated Hotel Atwater in the heart of Avalon; island-chic Pavilion Hotel only 14 steps from the beach; 4-star Mt Ada high above Avalon Bay; or historic Banning House Lodge overlooking Two Harbors on the quieter side of Catalina. Reservations must be made for midweek stays between November 4, 2019, and February 29, 2020.
I plan on going there again in December and will go into more detail, but in the meantime, if you’re in LA, take advantage of this fabulous deal.