Costa Mesa's Neighborhood Blog: Day Trips from Orange County - Catalina Island

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Day Trips from Orange County - Catalina Island

Day Trips from Orange County - Catalina Island



Catalina Island is one of the eight islands that makes up the Channel Islands archipelao.g


Located 26.2 miles off the coast, Catalina Island is a great day trip.



You can jump on the boat in the morning.  Enjoy a day on the sand, shopping or in the interior of the island observing the wild life, and still be back in time for dinner.


It's very convenient to hop on the Catalina Flyer and take a quick 75 minute trip.  After enjoying the ocean, sea lions, dolphins and whales, you'll land at Avalon and have just a few minute walk into town.





Getting around Avalon, Catalina's main town.  Is easy.  It's a mile square, and everything is in easy walking distance.  This lovely little town feels like a small mediterranean village.


If you want to get around the hills behind town, you can rent a golf cart.


Wondering what else there is to enjoy on Catalina Island? Try a glass bottom boat, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, biking or indulge at a spa.


If you decide that one day is just not enough to enjoy all that Catalina has to offer, spend a night or two in one of many hotels and bed and breakfasts offered by the Island.

If you've never been to Catalina Island, be sure to take a day or a weekend to see all that this lovely place has to offer.

If you think that a day or two on Catalina isn't enough, you might consider buying one of the lovely homes available.

In addition to the homes for sale in the multiple listing service, we have a lovely home that is just coming on the market. Please contact Christine Donovan at 800-610-7253 x 1 for details.


 Please click Catalina homes for sale to see other homes that are currently available.

 See additional pictures in the slide show below.




Originally published at Day Trips from Orange County - Catalina Island









About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

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Disclaimer: All information in this blog is deemed reliable but is subject to change at any time and is not guaranteed to be accurate nor are there any warantees either express or implied. This blog is not intended to offer any legal, tax or other advice.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsChristine Donovan • August 22 2010 01:26AM


Christine:  Catalina Island sound very lovely.  It is hard to believe that such places exist to close to the hustle and bustle of the mainland and Los Angeles.  Sounds like heaven to me.  I'd really love to see more pictures, videos and more.  Thanks so much for sharing.  "Suggested."

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Christine ... well done!  I enjoyed the travelogue ... and missed the sales pitch to the very end!  You're good!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

I haven't been to Catalina in years, maybe it is time to plan a trip!  Thanks for the post, Christine.

Posted by Laurie Martinez, South Orange County Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) almost 10 years ago

That is a great day trip for those of us in Southern California.  Need to go again soon.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne - I do have a lot more photos of Catalina.  Maybe I'll go back and add a slideshow in the next day or so.  Thanks for the suggestion.

Jack - Thanks. It really is a lovely place.

Laurie - It's so close.  Take a day, and go enjoy.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 10 years ago

It's time to plan a trip to Catalina Island! Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

Posted by Coleen Donovan, Frisco Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Frisco) almost 10 years ago

Coleen - Bring the kids, and let's go.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 10 years ago

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