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Things to do in Catalina Island

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Catalina Island. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Catalina Island attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Catalina Island to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Catalina Island.

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  • Catalina Express ferry

    Since 1981, the fast track to Catalina Island from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point is aboard the Catalina Express. Eight different vessels cut... More
  • Catalina Island Conservancy

    This organization, based in Catalina Island's south side town of Avalon since 1972, practices conservation, education, and recreation. They protect... More

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