Santa Catalina Island Attractions
Los Angeles CountyLocation and generalThe island of Santa Catalina lies 26mi/42km southwest of Wilmington, the port of Los Angeles.
It is 21mi/34km long and varies between 0.5 to 9mi/0.8 to 14km in width. In the interior there are hills as high as 3135ft/950m. The island was discovered by Cabrillo in 1542. He named it "San Salvador" after his ship, but Vizcaino gave it its present name 40 years later, having dropped anchor there on the feast day of Santa Catalina (St Catharine) of Alexandria. The first North American set foot on the island in 1805, and when Governor Pico gave it to an inhabitant of Santa Barbara in 1846 it became first the property of the United States and later was privately owned. Finally it belonged to the chewing-gum manufacturer William Wrigley and his son Philip, who built the main township of Avalon and made the island into a tourist attraction. Deep-sea fishing (tuna, swordfish, sea perch, barracuda and mackerel), diving, swimming, riding and hunting are the main attractions. The interior and most of the coast are uninhabited.Of the three other neighboring islands the smallest, Santa Barbara (2mi/3.2km long and 1mi/1.6km wide), is included in the Channel Islands National Park, San Clemente is used for naval exercises and San Nicholas, from where all the Indians were taken to the mainland in 1835, is uninhabited.
Santa Catalina Island Museum
Visit Avalon's only institution devoted to the arts, culture and history of Santa Catalina Island. The first inhabitants of Catalina Island, sportfishing, and ranching are a few of the permanent exhibits at the Santa Catalina Island Museum. Catalina pottery and tile are on display along with information about the steamships that serviced the island for 100 years. The museum features a digital theater, a number of galleries dedicated to the history of the Catalina Island and a new traveling exhibitions gallery.
Address: Box 366, #1 Casino Way, Casino Building, Avalon, CA 90704-0366, United States
Opening hours: Jan 1 to Mar 31: 10am-4pm; Closed: Thu
Apr 1 to Dec 31: 10am-4pm
Apr 1 to Dec 31: 10am-4pm
Always closed on: Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior $4.00, Child $2.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
Two Harbors, California
Two Harbors is a small island village located just north of Catalina Harbor on the northwest end of Santa Catalina Island. Mainly a tourist resort, Two Harbors offers hiking on ocean-view trails, snorkeling and scuba diving, ocean kayaking, mountain biking, pleasure boating or sandy beaches.
Casino Point Underwater Park
Casino Point Underwater Park is located off the southeast coast of Santa Catalina Island. It has a number of wrecks and marine life that can be enjoyed while snorkelling or scuba diving.
El Rancho Escondido (Wrigley's Arabian Horse Farm)
El Rancho Escondido is located east of Little Harbor on Catalina Island. Prize winning horses are raised on the ranch.
Little Harbor is located on the west shore of Catalina Island south of Catalina Harbor. It has a cove and good beach.
Santa Catalina - Seal Rocks
There are cruises to the Seal Rocks on Catalina Island. A large colony of sea lions make this spot their home to the delight of visitors.
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