Catalina Island Vacation Packages & Travel Deals
Catalina Island is a small island off the coast of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina, United States. It is rich in quartz and is composed of two distinct types of rocks, thus some of its beaches have silvery-grey sand. Clearly, this would make for a unique aspect of your Catalina vacations. It is home to at least 50 endemic wildlife species that occur naturally on the island and nowhere else in the world. The same is true for 6 plant species out of total 400 that are found here. Catalina Travel packages are an obvious choice to save big on ticket prices, inflated ticket prices and avoiding last minute rush.
Catalina Island is a year round destination. The best times to travel to Catalina Island is the spring season in March and April. It is warm and sunny at about 60 deg F. This is followed by the summer season from June to September. It is mildly placed at 70-75 deg F. You can use this time for camping, fishing, hiking and scuba diving.
Places of Interest in Catalina Island
Snorkeling and Scuba diving
Catalina is synonymous with snorkeling and scuba diving in California and the nearby Los Angeles. For those wishing to enjoy scuba diving, the Casino Point is a north-pointing dive site that is protected from the heavy surf throughout the year. The island also offers facilities to view the underwater marine life through semi-submarine ride and glass-bottom boat rides.
Its name is a complete misnomer, because does not entertain any gambling facilities and is rather a social gathering place. The Casino was built by an American chewing gum industrialist named William Wrigley, Jr. in 1929. It was the tallest building in Los Angeles County after its completion for quite some time. It now consists of a ballroom and a movie theater. It was formerly associated with the Catalina Island Museum that is home to over 10000 photographs related to the island’s history plus a large collection of Catalina-made pottery and tiles, ship models, and much more.
The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden consists of a botanic garden and a memorial dedicated to William Wrigley Jr. on Catalina Island. The garden is home to those six remarkable and endemic plant species that grow exclusively and naturally on this island but nowhere else in the world. It is located at 30 minutes ride from the nearby downtown Avalon.