Post # 1
We have been thinking of our mini moon and been thinking of a local place (in the U.S). I was searching of some beaches in California and then came across this Island and it looks great! However, would like to know if its great place to stay in for 3 days and how is the weather in Sept? Also is there beaches to swim and such?
Post # 3
Catalina is awful you will be so dissapointed. It’s hotel on top of hotel, without a good beach or decent restaurant. If you want to stay in SoCal check out Terrenea (they have good deals on jetsetter and luxury link) or the new Auberge in San Diego area. Seriously, Catalina is awful and soooo boring.
Post # 4
I disagree with nyc2labride. I love catalina! It is a sleepy little island but a good place to go and relax. I will admit that there isn’t that much to do, so 3 days is the max that I would spend there. My brother is getting married on the island at the end of September and staying for a week…I think that is too long. The weather in september should be nice. There are a few beaches. When we were there we sat on the beach, rode bikes through the main town and took a few hikes. There are some really good restaurants.
Post # 5
@Ka393: Terrible. You really cant swim off the beaches..only scuba dive. Seriously, the island just drops off in most places and would be pretty dangerous to swim around the rocks. Also count on it being super foggy/cold most of the time. I would stay on the coast somewhere..like Santa Barbara.
Post # 6
California is gorgeous in September!
Post # 7
September is the nicest time to visit Southern California. Its warm and sunny, and the marine layer fog aka “June Gloom” or “May Gray” that blankets the coast in the mornings has finally lifted.
I visited Catalina for an afternoon trip when I lived in San Diego, and one afternoon was long enough for me. Its not an island like an island you may be imagining. The coast drops off, so its not like beaches and an ocean you can swim in. There are some things to do there I guess. We took a bike tour of the island and a glass bottom boat tour which just showed us a bunch of ugly brown fish. The Wrigley family set up estate on the island, so the Cubs training camp is there. Other than that, its more residential than tourist. I would be disappointed with a honeymoon on Catalina, but I wouldn’t mind taking a day trip there. Its definitely a day trip place, in my opinion.
Post # 8
Catalina reminds me a lot of Provincetown. Cute place for a day trip. No swimming though is right. I think I saw like a 10 foot beach.
Post # 9
I go to Catalina every year, and it really depends what you plan on doing there! Avalon (the town) is fun, and there are shops and tourist-y things to do there, but it is true you will run out of things to do after a day or two. They did put in an AWESOME new zip-line that ends at the beach club.
If you really want to relax at the beach you should look into Two Harbors. It’s on the northeast side of the island and definitely has a more beach-y feel. There is also lots of hiking and snorkeling/scuba opportunities. The only downside is that there is only one small bed and breakfast on that side, and while it is BEAUTIFUL it is a little pricey. Otherwise there is camping, and during some parts of the year there are small cabins. It is beautiful and full of wonderful history (you can even see buffalo on the bluffs overlooking the ocean)
Post # 10
@JessyMess: I would have to disagree. I live right by the coast and can see the islands from where Im at and at least in the mornings to early afternoon they are generally covered with marine layer.
But if you decide to go with Catalina I wouldnt stay there for more than a day or two 🙂