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LA Day Trip: Catalina Island

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The 21-mile long Catalina Island is a European escape just off the coast of LA. An hour-long ferry ride from Long Beach is the cheapest and easiest route and will take you to the tiny town of Avalon. Once there you can either relax, unwind and enjoy the beach and dining by foot. For the more active at heart, you can bike, hike, kayak, scuba, para-sail, golf cart or even do a day on the zip line that takes you from mountaintop to oceanfront.
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1359 W 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA
The 1.7 mile hike up the grueling Hermit Gulch Trail overlooks the Avalon harbor cradled between the evergreen shrubbed hills. You can make out the wakes of boats coming and going like airplane contrails in the ocean but you wouldn't expect the...
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1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
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Santa Catalina Island, California 90704, USA
Catalina + wine + good conversations = lovely early summer evening