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Activities in Newport Beach - Visit Catalina Island

Activities in Newport Beach – Visit Catalina Island

Avalon in Catalina

Catalina Island is an island,  located off the Southern California coast and is approximately 22 miles long, and 8 miles wide. It is located approximately 26 miles from Newport Beach. William Wrigley, Junior was instrumental in the development of Catalina Island, he originally bought the island in 1919 and it was improved with the Casino, a hotel, and the Casino building which still stands today – however it is now utilized as a movie theater.  Wrigley sold lots in the city of Avalon in 1921. This is the same Wrigley owned the Chicago Cubs, and the same who developed Wrigley chewing gum. Wrigley Field in Chicago, home to the Chicago Cubs was named in honor of William Wrigley, Junior in 1926.

The Casino is the prominent landmark of Avalon and typically the first thing you can see when you are crossing the ocean. The Casino is utilized as a movie theater, and the upstairs can be utilized for private events.

Avalon in Catalina

To get to Catalina Island from Newport Beach – You can take the Catalina Flyer which departs Newport Harbor at 9 am and arrives in Avalon, Catalina 10:15 am. The Catalina Flyer then departs Avalon back to Newport at 4:30 pm and arrives in Newport at 5:45 pm. There are other express boats from Long Beach and San Pedro, and there is also a helicopter ride from Long Beach to arrive in Avalon.

Avalon in Catalina

Once you are in Avalon, it is such a charming area. Avalon in Catalina is a pedestrian village with dining and shopping. You can rent golf carts, horse back ride, zip line (make these reservations in advance) and para-sail. There is a glass bottom boat, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and the water is incredibly clear. And there is whale watching as well. Enjoy a day in Avalon or stay for the weekend. Below are some para-sailing photos.

Avalon in Catalina

Avalon in Catalina

There are sail boats, luxury yachts and fishing yachts as well. There are fishing tournaments off Avalon as well.

During the cross back to Huntington Harbor, we saw dolphins which were amazing, and whales.

Avalon in Catalina dolphins

Also, on this trip, there were several very California Gray Whales – apparently they were 60-80 feet long – incredible! And they were feeding.

Avalon in Catalina - whales

It was so incredible to see these California Gray Whales and to hear them spouting as well. Amazing.

Avalon in Catalina

 There were at least three whales feeding together, however we kept our distance, but they continued to feed while we watched from a distance.

Avalon in Catalina

And we saw a few more California Gray Whales a few miles away, it was so inspiring to see these beautiful creatures.

Avalon in Catalina

Avalon in Catalina - whales

If I can provide any more information for you about activities in Catalina Island, or activities in Newport Beach, please contact me.

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Originally posted at NewportBeachRealEstateCafe.com

8 commentsSharon Paxson • August 27 2010 02:05PM
Activities in Newport Beach - Visit Catalina Island
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Activities in Newport Beach – Visit Catalina Island Catalina Island is an island, located off the Southern California coast and is approximately 22 miles long, and 8 miles wide. It is located approximately 26 miles from Newport Beach… more