Best Things to Do on Catalina Island on a Mexico cruise
So you’ve ported in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island on a Mexico cruise. Where to begin? Just 22 miles from the California mainland, it’s a world apart. With its mostly protected status and very limited car use, the outdoor excursions and eco-adventures are endless. The mild Mediterranean-like climate and swaying palm trees serve as a perfect backdrop for dining at outdoor cafes, popping in and out of shops or just exploring the quaint harbor village. Here are CruiseExperts.coms top picks of the best things to do on Catalina Island on a Mexico cruise.
Avalon and the Catalina Casino. Follow Crescent Avenue as it parallels the Avalon harbor past gift shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and not-to-pass-up fish-n-chips stands with ocean views. Rent a bike—even electric ones—from Brown’s Bikes for adventures further from town. A stop by the cylindrical Catalina Casino with its 1,250-seat movie theater, Art Deco murals, classic 1929 pipe organ, impressive circular ballroom rich with history and amazing vistas is sure to please. Santa Catalina Island Company offers a few tour options that include village and casino tours.
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Take time out to smell the roses and visit the memorial to William Wrigley, Jr. (yes, he’s the chewing gum guy) who once owned and developed Catalina Island. It’s a 30-minute walk up Avalon Canyon from the center of town or you can go via golf cart, bike or trolley. Here you’ll also find the gateway to the popular Garden to Sky Trail.
Rugged interior. Explore rugged interior valleys and protected wilderness areas and gaze at two-thousand-foot peaks. Watch roaming wildlife (including buffalo, fox and bald eagle) in Catalina’s vast interior. Visit the summit at the famed “Airport in the Sky” on the Skyline Drive that also travels through Avalon Canyon. Trips can be made via open-air Jeeps, classic 1950’s Flxible Bus™, open air Unimog, Hummer or zip line! For memorable excursions on foot, Catalina Backcountry offers expert naturalists as the only permitted company approved by the Catalina Island Conservancy to access certain areas of the island.
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Linda Brandt joined the team at CruiseExperts.com in November 2011. She has been working with the marketing team in many capacities. Her new role is to pass on the expertise of the agency to help travelers understand the world of cruising through blogging. She studied journalism and writing in college and was a writer for The Campus newspaper for two years at the College of the Sequoias. She is also currently working on her Bachelor’s degree.