Catalina Island
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An Island Getaway Off the Coast of Southern California
This rocky little island off the coast of California is a great weekend getaway from Los Angeles and Orange County. It's the largest of the 8-island cluster known as the Channel Islands of California. Ferries depart from Orange County in Newport Beach and Dana Point, and from Los Angeles County in Long Beach, San Pedro, and Marina del Rey. The entire trip takes approximately an hour. The island is car-free, both commercial and resident vehicles, so you either rent a golf cart or a bike to cruise around, or you can just walk as the main attractions on the island are all within walking distance. During the day, you can rent a small boat and explore the shoreline and beaches or be adventurous, and go ziplining. At night, enjoy a night of live music at one of the many jazz bars and restaurants or take a leisurely stroll through the quaint Mediterranean-inspired alleyways. While the entire island can be covered in one day, people commonly spend the weekend to relax and soak up the beautiful California sunshine without any traffic disruptions or big city noise.
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