If California is your spring break destination, make sure to add Santa Catalina island to your to-do list while there. This place is a hidden piece of heaven with a picturesque harbor, narrow streets and hillside homes that will make you think you are somewhere in Italy. The views, the story of the island and its unique rules are different from anything you’ll see and hear on the coast.
For starters, you can get there by express ferry boats from San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point, or on the Catalina Flyer ferry from Newport Beach, which is 50 minutes away from LA. Once on the island, you probably won’t know where to start, my suggestion is to get a guided tour by bus for a couple of hours that will tell you the most interesting facts about the island; and after, take a golf cart and run uphill and take pictures with the superb view. You will want to do this because during the tour you won’t be allowed to get down and do it, but you’ll know how to get there by yourself after taking the tour. Golf carts are rented by the hour. By the way, when you get to the island the first thing you’ll notice is people driving golf carts instead of cars. The wait list for an island resident to bring a car on the island is 20 years, how interesting is that?
Some other cool things that you can do on the island are zip lining, safari, rest on the Descanso Beach, visit the old Catalina Casino and some cool old hotels. Rest assured one day won’t be enough if you’ll want to do them all, nor will you want to leave the island after the first day. Happy Spring Break!