How Many Days should I Stay on Catalina Island?

Catalina Island, a gem off the coast of Southern California, offers the perfect escape for any time of year. While it’s tempting to extend your stay, three days are often just the right amount of time to enjoy all the island has to offer. So let’s dive into both seasons! 

Summer Escapade on Catalina Island
Here are our suggestions for a fantastic 3-day summer itinerary to make the most of your stay:

Day 1: Relaxation and Adventure
Begin your trip with a soothing massage therapy session at one of the island’s top spas visit Release all your stress and feel rejuvenated to kickstart your adventure. In the afternoon, don’t miss the exhilarating zip line experience with breathtaking ocean views. Cap off the day with some relaxation on Descanso Beach, soaking up the sun on the pristine sands or renting a cabana for added comfort.

Day 2: Island Fun
Catalina offers more than just the beach and adventure. Delight your taste buds with some delicious ice cream from the quaint shops in Avalon (don’t forget to try the locally made crepes and saltwater taffy). In the afternoon, embark on a thrilling half-day sports fishing trip to catch some fresh fish.

Insider Tip Alert: Take that fresh fish to the Lobster Trap for dinner, and they will clean it and cook it for you. In the evening, enjoy a game of beach bingo or watch a summer movie on the beach, creating lasting memories for adults and kids.

Photo by Michael Juliano

Day 3: Island Time
It’s incredible how time seems to slow down on this island. The final day is about savoring the slower pace of Avalon. After three days, most visitors have explored the major attractions, making it the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the island’s laid-back atmosphere. Choose a beachside restaurant and enjoy that last local seafood meal. Catch the last ferry out for the day and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your trip and start planning your next visit.

The beauty of a 3-day stay on Catalina Island is that you’ll never get bored, and it allows you to explore both the exciting and relaxing sides of Avalon.

Winter Escape on Catalina Island
If you’re visiting during the winter months, Catalina Island has a lot to offer as well. Here’s a 3-day winter itinerary for a cozy and scenic experience:

Day 1: Couples Retreat
Start your winter visit with a relaxing couples massage, perfect for unwinding and reconnecting visit Follow it up with a leisurely hike through the island’s scenic interior, where you can enjoy the island’s natural beauty and possibly run into the island’s deer or the small, adorable island fox.

Day 2: Island Exploration
Take a trip to the museum to discover the island’s rich history and culture. The curators change the exhibits all the time. In the afternoon, embark on an inland motor tour from the Santa Catalina Island Co. to see more of the island’s unique interior. Don’t forget to pack a warm coat to stay cozy, as the coastal air can get cool during the winter months.

Day 3: Culinary Treats and Island Discovery
Experience fine dining at one of the island’s year-round restaurants, although be mindful of their shorter winter hours. Rent an e-bike to explore the town at your own pace or take a self-guided golf cart tour to discover hidden gems.

Whether you choose a summer or winter visit, a 3-day stay on Catalina Island is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the island’s charm and enjoy a delightful change of scenery. So, start planning your Catalina Island escape and create unforgettable memories in this picturesque paradise.

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