Avalon is a large city in Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands. Visiting Avalon feels like being on an exotic island -- the beautiful bay is truly a paradise and a resort community. The city is lined with the little porched houses and impressive architecture which mixes Mediterranean vibes. Plenty of cruise ships dock out at Avalon harbor, meaning the town has slowly increased in popularity with travelers.
Plan a vacation to beautiful Avalon for great scenery, architecture, exploration, amazing food, and welcoming people. Don't worry about finding your home away from home in Avalon either, the city has great vacation rental homes for families, friends and large groups.
Avalon is a beautiful city, not only a beach resort but also a paradise for nature and adventure lovers. There are plenty of things to do here to keep entertained for days. Head to the Wrigley Mansion where you can soak in the views of Avalon and the sailing ships and docked yachts. Alternatively, take to the waters yourself and hire a boat -- there are tours with glass bottom boats to enjoy the amazing marine life right under your feet.
For even more excitement, go on a submarine tour where you can go deep in the ocean and explore the darkest waters. If you are a big fan of sealife, check out Lover’s Cove where you can go on snorkeling. There are also night boat rides, where those on board can witness flying fish.
Don't forget to see the other side of the island -- where boats cannot dock -- and hike to the Botanic Gardens, a great place for kid and adults alike. Avalon is ideal for trekking and hiking through the beautiful lands and hills. If you're not an experienced hiker, find a guide to take you along the trails and get the best lookout points.
The Catalina Island Museum is also a top spot to learn more about history, art and the values of the island. For a great adult night out visit the Catalina Island Casino where games, drinks, movies, and entertainment occur all night long.
The best areas to stay include the harbour front and the hilltop area of Avalon, where you can find plenty of amazing vacation rentals. Most of these vacation homes have harbour view balconies, plenty of bedrooms, and full kitchens as well. Whether you're traveling with family or friends you're sure to find the best vacation rental houses. There's also the option to book a vacation beach house for large groups if that's more suitable.
Avalon is not only sunshine and warm weather, it has a long and cold winter as well. The best time to visit is during the summer months, especially July and August. That said, September is still warm with an average temperature of 74 degrees.
From November to April, the weather is around 55 degrees (and sometimes lower), with cloudy skies and rain. If you plan to be outside most of the time and want to visit the beach, plan your vacation for the summer months.