Post # 1
I am trying to plan a trip to Catalina Island and would love your input on places to go and things to see. We are going for our first wedding anniversary (yay!) but I think Catalina would make a great honeymoon destination too!
Please share any and all ideas you have for ways to get there, places to stay and eat, things to do and anything else you can think of. Your ideas would be great for me any any other brides planning a relaxing honeymoon or romatic anniversary trip to Catalina. It would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I was looking into Catalina Island as a destination for an anniversary trip and found a Carnival cruise that stops there (departing from San Diego and going on to Mexico).
The cruise (which is a week long and includes all meals) worked out to be a fraction of the price of a hotel on the island.
I haven’t booked yet, because we aren’t sure about time off and stuff, but currently there is a MAJOR sale going on for it.
If you wind up going- please tell me how it goes!
Here’s a link to it on Travelocity:
Post # 4
I LOVE catalina island! Fi and I just went there on a day trip over the summer and had SUCH a relaxing day. We snorkled at Lover’s Cove and found it was much calmer and quieter than Descanso or Casino Point.
We rented bikes from a little shop right past the boat docks in Avalon and spent the day riding through the quaint little streets of Avalon, then up to the Wrigley Memorial monument and gardens (beautiful!). The bike rental place gave us a map of the island and the trails you can ride (as well as how rough the terrain is).
We spent some time laying out out at Descanso beach which is a "younger" beach with an outdoor restaurant and drink service.
We had dinner at The Landing, which I thought was a fantastic restaurant with a great atmosphere. Ask to sit outside if at all possible; the setting and the view are second to none! This might have been my favorite party of the day.
I wish we would’ve gone horse back riding, but there will be other times! I don’t have any advice on hotels as we didn’t stay there overnight, but PM if you want some pictures of the island…I have quite a few.
Have fun–you will love it!!
Post # 5
I love Catalina island! It is so cute and small. I stopped there on a carnival cruise. We went from LA, catalina and to ensenda (sp?). I didn’t do much there except go to the spa (fabulous!) and shop. My DH went scuba diving with his friends and had a great time.
Post # 6
Thanks so much for these great suggestions! We have booked a room/rental at the Hamilton Cove Villas on Catalina and are super excited! A golf cart rental is included for the entire stay for free!!! It doesn’t take much for us to get excited.
I would love any ideas you great ladies have on what to do while we’re on the island. What are the good restaurants? Fun places to go at night? What about during the day!
I think Catalina would be a great minimoon destination as well for anyone out there wondering where to go post-wedding.
Thanks again for your help. I always know I can depend on the hive!!
Post # 7
I’m so excited for you! Expect to see lots of dolphins during the boat ride there! I would definitely hike (its easy) to the top of the hills. It’s very romantic because there probably won’t be anyone else around and the view is amazing. You will see the ocean on either side of the island. It’s basically a desolate dirt road and you enter from the botanical garden area. Have fun!
Post # 8
I’ve been going to Catalina for my entire life and absolutely love it! I was going to suggest that you rent a condo in Hamilton Cove, as it’s private, you’ll get a golf cart and you’ll have your own "place," rather than a hotel. Good job on picking a great place to stay.
As for things to do, I like to go down to Descanso Beach, you’ll pass it on the way into Hamilton Cove, and rent kayaks and go snorkeling. If you’re in the mood for a casual dinner, don’t forget to stop by Antonio’s (the one on the ocean) and finish up with ice cream from Big Olaf’s, next door. I would also suggest seeing a movie at the Casino, the interior is absolutely amazing. We’re also big fans of the Glass Bottom Boat and Flying Fish tours, they’re really fun. You might also want to take one of the bus tours from the vacation company, it will really give you a sense of the island and some take you up to the ranch.
Ooh, just a tidbit of info. . . sometimes our boat departs the island several hours after we have to check out. As the Catalina Island Vacation Rentals (if that’s who you’re using) if you can leave your luggage in that office – you can walk around Avalon while you wait and then walk straight to the boat dock with luggage in tow.
Post # 9
I know you have already booked a hotel but just for anyone else whose checking this post out my hubby and i stayed at a hotel called Snug Harbor Inn located in Avalon on our first overnight trip! and it was lovely, the rooms are comfortable and each room has a theme, theres a jacuzzi in each room, and the staff is very friendly! its right in the middle/heart of Avalon but its sooo quiet and peaceful in the hotel! I can’t wait to go back again this May too!
Post # 10
I am planning a Catalina Island destination wedding in July of 2010. Do you have any advice in addition to the above posts? I would love to hear!
Miss Cali Girl in NJ
Post # 11
We like Catalina very much too. I can recommend something NOT to do. We took a tour from Avalon to up to the airport in the early summer. It’s done in an old 1950’s? era bus – like a old school bus. It travels up along some very winding dusty roads and you bake if you sit on the left side. The other thing is it goes on dirt roads with a lot of bumps. I had to put my arms against my girls to keep them from bouncing and hurting! A little too rustic for me:)
Post # 12
@bettybooboo: thanks for the tip!! i have heard it gets rather dusty on the island in July
Post # 13
We live in LA so this is a perfect thread for us! I’m bookmarking it for when we want a little get away at the holidays (we can’t always go home to TX)!