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Winter in Catalina


Visiting Catalina Island in the off season months is full of adventure and fun. After all, there are many perks, from less crowds and cooler weather as well as incredible savings.


Catalina Express and Boat & Hotel Package Partners is offering boat and accommodations packages at hotels in Avalon. Following is a sampling of winter offerings. Each package also includes round-trip transportation on Catalina Express.


Casa Marquita: Casa Marquita is located in the heart of Avalon. A wonderful variety of shops and restaurants, the post office, local food market, massage services, golf-cart and bike rentals, scuba diving, boat services and much, much more are all within walking distance. www.casamariquitahotel.com

Best of Winter package includes: One night standard King-bed room Continental breakfast


Catalina Island Inn: Operating for 40 years, the Catalina Island Inn presents its most luxurious rooms and suites with decor of lush fabrics and contemporary style. Spacious private patios have electric awnings, which allow guests to entertain or relax in sunshine or shade. www.catalinaislandinn.com

Best of Winter package includes: 

1 night accommodation

Round-trip taxi transfer


Pavilion Hotel: Pavilion Hotel offers a relaxing escape. Spend quiet time among the swaying palms and tropical flowers in the hotel’s landscaped gardens. Share complimentary wine and cheese around the fire each evening. www.visitcatalinaisland.com/hotels-packages/avalon/pavilion-hotel

Best of Autumn & Winter Package includes: Overnight accommodations Hot breakfast with build-your-own omelet bar Wine & cheese Complimentary tours and activities Fitness classes at Island Spa Catalina Use of bicycles


Hermosa Hotel: The historic Hermosa Hotel offers visitors a glimpse into the island’s past. Serving guests since 1896, the rooms are quaint and simple with lots of character. The hotel is a favorite amongst scuba divers and active, outdoor enthusiasts and the larger units hold up to eight people and provide full kitchens. www.hotelhermosa.com

The Best of Winter package includes: Two Night Stay Pet friendly


There are many fun tours you can take to explore the island.


Catalina Avalon Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour brings delicious food and the history of the island together. This food and drink experience takes you throughout Avalon to different eateries with yummy tastes at each stop. Try the coconut shrimp from Steve's Steakhouse, fabulous caramel apples at Lloyd's Candy, a quesadilla from Maggie's Blue Rose and even a spiked Arnold Palmer at Coyote Joe's. As you explore your guide will tell you stories and tales about Avalon and the amazing architecture that surrounds you. www.catalinafoodtours.com


The Avalon Scenic Tour is a delightful journey that takes you along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of this friendly town. The Avalon Canyon Trail Tour offers a narrated tour that offers a historical perspective of Avalon Canyon and views of Avalon Harbor and the iconic Casino. The Avalon Harbor Lights Tour takes you along the waterfront past Lover’s Cove before heading up to Mt. Ada for spectacular views. For thrill-seekers, the Zip Line Eco Tour lets you travel three quarters of a mile over five consecutive zip lines at speeds pushing 45 mph. The Catalina Aerial Adventure offers five self-guided, self-paced courses—each made up of rope ladders, log bridges, balance beams, zip lines and other challenges.


The Catalina Casino hosts three walking tours – Discover the Casino, Behind the Scenes Casino and Twilight at the Casino. Each offers a unique perspective of this art deco masterpiece, from the first theatre in America designed and built specifically for “talkies” to the world’s largest circular ballroom, where as many as 6,000 dancers twirled to big band music.

Descanso Beach is a beautiful beach is located just beyond the historic Casino. Great food and beverages can be enjoyed with table service at Descanso Beach Club Restaurant. There is also easy access to snorkeling, kayaking, the Catalina Climbing Wall, Catalina Aerial Adventure and the Zip Line Eco Tour.


Finally, what's a vacation without relaxation? Check into the Island Spa. Located inside Avalon’s historic El Encanto building, Island Spa Catalina offers indoor and outdoor bliss. Amenities include nine treatment rooms, lounges, private suites, Jacuzzi, soaking pool, dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room and an expansive relaxation deck with beautiful views.  www.visitcatalinaisland.com/island-spa-catalina


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