'Catalina Island'

'Twenty six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is waiting for me' and so the song goes.

As you ship pulls into Avalon Bay, you'll get a chance to see the historic and beautiful Casino that has been used by many ship's captains as a landmark. You should know that the word 'casino' is Italian means 'place of entertainment or gathering'. And so, it's not a gambling place nor was it ever intended to be one.

So, all the way from bike rentals to golf cart rentals, to taxis, trams, and bus service including walking or hiking is the way to go on this Southern California island. There's lots to see here any time of day or night. Strolling down the boulevard, looking in the store windows and shopping along with a chance to just lay out at the beach can be so relaxing for someone looking for peace and quiet.

However, if touring is your thing, Catalina is certainly not short in that respect. There's a hundred things to see and do. All the way from the glass bottom boat, to touring the casino and its museum, to snorkling, parasailing, or taking guided horseback rides, you can keep yourself pretty busy while here. Plus, there's a 7-mile scenic tour too for those who just want to take it all in. All these tours can be taken once you arrive here on the island, but recognise that there will be 'additional cost' for all these separate tours.

Last, but not least, is the great eating establishments that line the boulevard here. All types of cuisine is found here on the island, from fast-food to fancy dining to private clubs. Your time spent here will be quite memorable, to say the least.

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