Catalina Island Port Guide

The port of Catalina Island is a must-see place. The area is famous for the natural beauty of the warm beaches that are perfect for swimming, fishing, strolling and surfing. Breathtaking sunsets are always present from Catalina Island. Tourists are sure to find fun, memorable and romantic activities on this Southern California Island.

Shopping

Catalina Island offers a lot of shopping choices. The Catalina Souvenir Shop is the best place to get local artwork, souvenirs and nautical gifts. This shopping spot along Crescent Avenue also has a lot of Catalina Island t-shirts in varying colors and designs.

The island’s Metropole Market Place is a haven of must-grab shopping finds. The place is known for its wide array of boutiques and specialty shops. The Metropole Market Place also features cobblestone walkways, fountains, an espresso bar and a French quarter.

Filling in one’s groove for glitz and glamor is also easy at the Catalina Island Jewelers. This luxury place offers eye-catching and jaw-dropping bracelets, charms, earrings, rings and necklaces that are popular with many shoppers.

Things to See

There are a lot of activities to try on Catalina Island. Dana Wharf provides opportunities to go sport fishing as well as sailing and whale watching. Diving Catalina Island is the perfect place for those seeking out snorkeling and diving adventures. Learning how to snorkel in a matter of hours is also possible as the establishment offers reliable professional staff.

The Catalina Island Museum is a non-profit organization that features 7000 years of island history. The museum highlights the lives of island residents through modern times; these include Native Americans, the early explorers, fishermen, ranchers, celebrities and so forth. There are a lot of exhibits in the institution that feature sport fishing, local tile work and pottery. Open daily, the Catalina Museum is the perfect place for those who want to be in the know about the island.

The museum is located in the lower level of the Casino; this building is a Catalina landmark. The building is famed for its ballroom and the big-band dances that were held there during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The building is not a gambling establishment; the name means “gathering place." The Casino is large, white and in the art deco style.

Golfers can explore the Catalina Island Golf Course. Established in 1892, the golf course features 2,100 yards made especially for the sport.

Restaurants and Bars

One will never go hungry at Catalina Island. There are a lot of dining destinations that one could choose from. The Original Jack’s Country Kitchen is a local favorite that provides mouth-watering burgers, pies and fries. The relaxing ambiance of the restaurant is perfect for enjoying traditional country cuisine. Gastronomic Mexican dishes are also available on Catalina Island. The restaurant Mi Casita provides well portioned meal choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Travelers should not leave the island without trying Mi Casita’s margaritas which are considered to be the best.

Tourists can enjoy good size servings of seafood at the Landing bar & grill. Aside from this, the restaurant also offers heart-stopping pastas and delectable gourmet pizzas. All of these can be enjoyed while taking in the scenic ocean view.

 

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