Why Avalon, Catalina Island Should Be Your No-Brainer Destination for Mother’s Day

Hey Southern Californians! Don’t overlook Catalina—it’s practically on your doorstep, and trust me, Mom will be thrilled with the time you took to plan this. Before you get overwhelmed, let me show you how simple a Catalina day trip or weekend can be. If you’re up for a spontaneous weekend with Mom this year, here’s the itinerary I’d follow. First, surprise her with very little notice and whisk her off to the boat terminal. With multiple ports up and down the SoCal coast, pick the one that’s easiest for you. Next, grab some snacks and hop on the boat. Since Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, consider coming Friday afternoon or Saturday to stay the weekend. For the best hotel options, hit up the Chamber of Commerce directly at www.lovecatalina.com to see all choices available. They should have an e-book you can download or just scroll their site. If staying the weekend isn’t in the budget this time, consider a day trip—take the first boat and last boat to maximize time on the island. Easy peasy!

After arriving in Avalon, head straight to your hotel to drop off luggage and go back to the golf cart rentals situated close to the boat. If you’re here for the day, simply hit it up right away as all GC rentals are located next to the boat. The saying “the early bird gets the worm” applies here for sure. They easily sell out on busy days, and this activity is consistently ranked as one of the top activities on the island so get there first. Golf carts give you the best view you can hope for short of taking a helicopter ride, and they provide a map so you can see all the best spots. This activity lasts anywhere from 1 to 2 hours tops.

After wheeling around Avalon, you might be hungry and might wanna get a bite. Consider trying some fresh seafood because, hey, you’re on an island! Steve’s Steakhouse and the Bluewater Grill are two of the nicest restaurants in town with the best views. Both are known for their constantly high-quality food prepared by talented chefs. Since it’s Mother’s Day, you might wanna splurge in this way, but to not break the budget, you’ll find many other economical choices all downtown by the water.

Next, don’t miss out on the opportunity to pamper Mom (and moms-to-be!) with a visit to Catalina Sea Spa for an unforgettable experience. Discover our diverse range of packages, offering relaxation sessions lasting from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It’s not just about sightseeing—it’s about gifting the precious moments of relaxation, showcasing your thoughtful gesture for this spontaneous trip.

So, after total relaxation, consider taking a tour into the interior if the weather is good. Explore what only locals have access to and catch a glimpse of the island’s buffalo. This time of year, the wildflowers are in bloom, and the green grasses create perfect conditions for grazing animals like deer and buffalo to be more active and visible. These trips also include a short stop at the airport in the sky, where you can enjoy a fresh warm cookie and watch the planes come and go. If the weather isn’t cooperating, consider a trip to the museum in town or the diving museum at the base of the casino building to learn more about the island—totally worth a stroll.

On the way back to the boat, be sure to grab an ice cream or homemade salt water taffy for the ride—a great way to end your trip. Think about why this will be a fun and memorable trip for Mom. Seriously consider surprising her with little to no heads up to maximize the memory. Life is short, health is fleeting, cleared schedules aren’t easy to come by, but you know she has that day already set aside, so kidnapping her might be easier than you think. Enjoy making memories!