The voices of a summer night have begun on Catalina Island. We hear them beginning around this time every year. People have come home to discuss their day on the island and maybe party a little, too. It is a happy sound on a warm summer breeze.
We have been spending a few days in our Bahia Vista condominium home for a few days, enjoying the island, and enjoying the great Catalina weather. Here are some of our photographs we’d like to share with our friends, family, guests and potential guests.
We began our Catalina holiday at the San Pedro Catalina Express Terminal, which was built about four years ago. It replaced an old terminal building, which had been there for over 30 years. The new building is very modern, with good food and bar service. Sometimes, we leave from the Long Beach Terminal, which has more boats in the winter.
We often see whales and schools of porpoises during the crossing to Catalina, but this time we just enjoyed escaping the heat of the mainland, with a refreshing sea voyage. It is interesting leaving from San Pedro, because it is a major shipping port, with cargo ships arriving from all over the world.
It is less than an hour from the Los Angeles Light to Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island. Boat rides have improved dramatically from the days when we first ventured to the island 30 years ago. The ride is usually smooth and just long enough to enjoy being on the water. For us, the boat ride is part of the fun of the Catalina experience. When we’re on Santa Catalina Island, we’re only 26 miles from the mainland, but we’re in a totally different world.
Avalon has East facing beaches in a protected bay, with a far gentler surf than the West facing beaches of the mainland.
The island is nearly 26 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest point, filled with hiking trails, paved roads for biking and adventuring. We love going into the vast interior of Catalina Island during the cooler weather, but we have friends, who like going at any time of the year. In the the Summer, however, we like to stay near the water.
Snorkelers viewing the undersea gardens in Lovers Cove, while a boat brings cruise ship visitors back to the ship.
Setting up for the day on Avalon Beach and waiting for the family to arrive. All Avalon public beaches are free to use. There is a small fee to use Descanso Beach.
Our most recent visit to the Island was in the middle of June, But we really appreciate that the warm Southern California and Catalina weather can be enjoyed all the way to the middle of October.