Catalina, as it’s more commonly known, was originally inhabited by an indigenous tribe for more than 7000 years. Since its acquisition by the Wrigley family (of chewing gum fame), the island—located just a one hour ferry ride from multiple Southern California cities, including Dana Point, Newport Beach and Long Beach—has become a popular tourist destination.
Once docked (or landed if arriving via helicopter), activities are endless. For example: ziplining, seasonal falconry experiences, dining at seafood-centric restaurants, traversing the sea floor with a SNUBA adventure, hiking, camping, visiting a winery or golfing.
Cozy up at a bed and breakfast, historic home, boutique hotel—like Hotel Atwater, where reservations include daily dining credits, luggage service to and from the ferry terminal, and a discount on activities and tours.