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1402 Avalon Cyn Rd, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

A visit to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden offers an introduction to plants native to the California islands, including a few species particularly associated with Catalina Island, such as the Catalina...

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1402 Avalon Cyn Rd, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

This popular hike starts at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and is a great way to explore the island's ecosystem. The two-kilometer (1.2-mile) loop is a moderately difficult hike with a gentle incline on the...

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1 Casino Way, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

You won't find any gambling at Avalon's Catalina Casino: The name actually refers to the Italian word for "gathering place." The glamorous 1929 structure was commissioned by William Wrigley, Jr., and quickly became the island's...

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20 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

The underwater world around Catalina Island is as fascinating as what is above the surface. From sea lions to spotted calico bass to bright orange Garibaldi and sea urchins, the marine life here is thriving. See it all without getting wet in a...

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306 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

It is little wonder Bluewater Grill is so popular, with terrific water views and menu options like grilled salmon over cedar, lemon pepper–seasoned mahimahi, miso-glazed cod and grilled steak. And the food is not only good, it's...

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Avalon Cyn Rd, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

The Sandtrap makes a great stop for lunch after you've hiked the Garden to Sky trail. The cuisine is mostly Mexican (although you'll find some American standards as well), and it is quite authentic—including excellent tacos. Wash it all down...

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107 Pebbly Beach Rd, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

Part boutique, part quirky souvenir shop, Ciao-Baci is where to head for affordable accessories from purses to candles to retro-design pillows. Look for the shop near Lover's Cove, across the bay from the Casino and just a stroll...

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226 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

Located right on the main strip in Avalon, Catalina Gear is a unique beach boutique. It offers a mix of contemporary clothing from small independent lines as well as the usual known indie chic labels like Free People and Michael Stars....

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A dolphin and sea lion tour departing from Avalon offers views not just of the majestic marine mammals but also of the rugged coast of Catalina Island. In addition to sightings of common dolphins, you may spot a Risso's dolphin, a species that is...