Catalina Island is a little slice of heaven. It has qualities similar to Hawaii, yet is so accessible! I have traveled to Catalina a few times with Ian now, but my mom has never been. So for the Fourth of July, she and I had a girl’s trip. Catalina did not disappoint…it never disappoints!

One of my goals in life is to own a boat and bring it to Catalina with my future children. Catalina has so many family traditions that are so much fun! For the Fourth of July, there is a dinghy parade. During the parade, the boats throw water balloons at you, squirt you with water guns, and blast music! I have never experienced anything like it! Catalina also has a parade complete with the USC marching band. The night ends with an incredible firework show!



Catalina is small but mighty. There is so much to do and see. There is a little something for everyone.

For starter’s you must decide how you want to get to Catalina. You can fly into the Airport in the Sky by small plane or helicopter. The other alternative is taking a ferry or small boat into Avalon. Depending upon the type of boat, it can take an hour to a few hours. Either way is going to provide gorgeous views!



Whether you are going with a group of friends or the entire family, there is a beach scene for you. For the adults, Descanso Beach is the place to go. Descanso is a beach club complete with a bar and snacks! You can also rent cabanas or lounge chairs.

For the family oriented trip, the main beach is the place to go. Catalina has inflatable obstacle courses on the water for the kids to play on! Not going to lie, I spent some time on them myself and boy oh boy are they fun!



Catalina has so many fun thing to do! You can go zip-lining and rock climbing. You can rent kayaks and take them around the island, paddle board through the boats, and even go parasailing. The best way to see the island is to rent a golf cart. Nearly everyone in the island drives golf carts! Finish off the day with a round of miniature golf!


If you enjoy wearing Hawaiian shirts and dancing to live classic rock, then Luau Larry’s is your type of place. You can also karaoke at El Galleon. There are tons of other bars but these are my top two. Additionally,  you can enjoy Catalina’s night club, The Chi Chi Club. 


Catalina has everything you can imagine to eat. My favorite spots for breakfast and coffee are Catalina Cookie and Original Jacks’ Country Kitchen. For a gorgeous meal on the water, Bluewater Grill is the place to go. Bluewater provides delicious food and drinks with breathtaking views. My other favorite is Maggie’s Blue Rose. This Mexican restaurant is so scrumptious and delivers servings and drinks larger than your head.


For a quick afternoon hike, walk to the gorgeous Botanical Gardens. You can access longer hikes from this point or just enjoy the beauty of this site. For the adventure seekers, hike the Trans-Catalina Trail. This 38.5 mile hike covers the entire island, from coast to coast. Camp at secluded beaches and take in the serene views.

Catalina really has it all: adventure, romance, peace, relaxation, and delightful cocktails!