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    Catalina Island Museum

    Santa Catalina Island is one of America’s most serenely beautiful islands, and the Catalina Island Museum is one of the island’s most popular venues.  Committed to preserving and sharing the fascinating cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, the museum is one of the oldest institutions on the island and has built an outstanding collection over its lifetime.  » Read More

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    The Catalina Casino has recently undergone an overhaul on its exterior. The exterior update on the Catalina Casino in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island » Read More

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What to Expect When You Visit Santa Catalina Island
What can you expect when you visit Santa Catalina? To some extent, it depends on what part of the island you find yourself on. However, whether...
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The Catalina Island Ferry Connects People to the US Mainland
Santa Catalina Island is a beautiful island respite off the coast of California that attracts tourists and residents alike. The island is just a...
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Things To Do in Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina is an island with many joys. Here you can enjoy everything from sunny beaches to thrilling tours to exciting underwater...
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Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina is one of the most beautiful locations in the lower half of the U.S. This is an island that is quickly developing, yet still staying true to itself as a natural landscape. Its plants and animal life, and rugged terrain, are among the most beautiful sites you will ever see. Its beauty rivals that of Hawaii or Alaska, and yet much to your convenience, it is just a short drive from Southern California. What makes Santa Catalina so special?

The land here is 88% controlled by a Conservancy group, legally in charge of protecting the land from over-industrialization. The paradise dwellers here have William Wrigley Jr. (yes, the gum guy) to thank. He pioneered tourism and development in the area, which was once practically dead after the Civil War and Second World War. His wishes were preserved and the land remained true to its original formóan undeveloped, natural landscape with coastal plains, ocean water and mountainous wilderness.

There are cars in Santa Catalina but getting one is a pain and impossible for some. This makes the city of Avalon and the town of Two Harbors a biking town. Some of the most crowded streets (like Crescent) are foot traffic only. Despite the prevalence of eco-tours, glass-bottom boats and snorkeling fun, there is also much in the way of entertainment. Visitors can go to Santa Catalina Casino for some fun, movies and dancing.

Residents or visitors will also enjoy ferry rides, evening cruises and kayaking adventures. There are many five-star quality hotels and restaurants to choose from, many of which offer breathtaking view of the bay areas. Why not come to Catalina Island? Visit Two Harbors, Avalon and perhaps even the islandís rough interiors, courtesy of an eco-tour. This is an experience unlike any other, and you donít have to travel halfway around the world to enjoy it!

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The Designer Behind Santa Monica's SHOREbar Brings Venue To Life
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 13th, 2012 11:45AM
On this side of Santa Monica?s north border near the Pacific Coast Highway is SHOREbar, one of the newest hot spots in town after opening in June...
Coast Guard officer killed on the job is remembered
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 9th, 2012 12:01AM
Hundreds mourn Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III at a service on Terminal Island. The memorial is a reminder of what officials say is a...
Peter Schuyler Elected President of the Environmental Defense Center
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 8th, 2012 2:17AM
New Executive Committee Takes the Reins
Coast Guard colleagues remember fatally injured chief petty officer with respect
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 3rd, 2012 9:37PM
Colleagues of a U.S. Coast Guardsman killed during a weekend encounter with a panga near Santa Cruz Island remembered the Redondo Beach man Monday...
Panga Boat Rams, Kills Coast Guard Chief Near Santa Cruz Island
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 2nd, 2012 8:02PM
The patrol boat was investigating the panga for illegal activity; two suspects have been arrested.
Panga Rams Coast Guard Boat, Kills Chief Officer
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 2nd, 2012 8:02PM
Patrol boat investigating suspected smugglers near Santa Cruz Island; two people in custody.
Coachella Valley business briefs for Sunday, Dec. 2
Source: Yahoo News | Dec 2nd, 2012 8:19AM
CALIFORNIA ? The California Department of Justice will award consumer assistance grants for housing counseling and legal service providers ranging...
Behind the scenes with Natalie Wood: Rare photos of late Hollywood star mark 31st anniversary of the day she was found ...
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 30th, 2012 5:36PM
Thirty-one years since the West Side Story actress was found drowned during a Thanksgiving weekend boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner and...
Wood's Daughter Misses Mom
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 28th, 2012 12:41PM
LOS ANGELES ? November 29 marks 31 years since Hollywood golden girl Natalie Wood drowned on a weekend trip to California?s Santa Catalina Island.
Weekend Open House: Oceans at Risk House Now Just A House
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 24th, 2012 4:20PM
Click here to view the full photogallery. Open House: Sunday, November 25, 2012, 1 PM - 4 PM 825 Berkeley St., Santa Monica Price: $3,725,000...
Offshore California : Islands with a tale to tell
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 16th, 2012 10:35AM
The Pacific caresses and corrugates the coast of California , providing the Golden State with its iconic beaches, cliffs and surf. Yet within easy...
Offshore California: Islands with a tale to tell
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 16th, 2012 10:35AM
The Pacific caresses and corrugates the coast of California, providing the Golden State with its iconic beaches, cliffs and surf. Yet within easy...
Lew Mahieu, 85
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 16th, 2012 3:24AM
Lew Mahieu was a remarkable man. Lew Mahieu was a remarkable father.
Sailing: Locals Win 2012 Cal 25 Fleet V Championship
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 12th, 2012 1:35AM
Art and Scott Melendres of Long Beach Yacht Club won the 2012 Cal 25 Fleet V Championship Sunday in dominating fashion.
Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Reducing ship collisions with whales
Source: Yahoo News | Nov 9th, 2012 8:03PM
You've probably noticed those container ships plowing through Pacific blue waters to transport cars, books, wood and other products that we...