Santa Catalina Island

Catalina Island Beach

Catalina Island Beach

Casino, Catalina Island

Casino, Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Island Transportation

Island Transportation

Residential Garden

Residential Garden

Typical Street

Typical Street

Beach

Beach

Casino

Casino

Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Spanish Influenced Art

Spanish Influenced Art

Beach

Beach

Catalina Island

Catalina Island

The first time I saw Santa Catalina Island was at ‘Getaway’ – an Australian travel show. I was awfully surprised that I have been to USA many times and I’ve never heard of this beautiful island. I wasn’t even living under a mushroom. It certainly escaped from my ‘travedar’ (travel radar). It became my mission to go there asap.

Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, is a rocky island off the coast of California. The island is located about 35 kilometres south-southwest of Los Angeles, California. The only way to get there is by a boat.

As soon as we arrive, I was instantly delighted. We were greeted with a vivid blue sky like a huge parachute hovering across the island. It is a beautiful island removed from the hustle and bustle of LA. The atmosphere and demeanour of the island has an exotic Mediterranean-feel. The Mexican influence is evident in the architecture and cuisines served in the restaurants. The island offers many leisure activities like sailing, snorkelling and mountain-hiking (might not be leisure for some). If you just want to stay in the main drag, there’s the stunning art-deco Casino, a couple of nice beaches (at the front and at the end of the island ), a good selection of nice restaurants and a handful of souvenir shops. I love this island although we were only day-trippers. I would have loved to stay there overnight if not for some time constraints. Apparently, the ambience magically changes from daytime frantic to twilight romantic.

TIP: Hire a golf cart to see the whole island. It’s worth it.

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