Ben was a sea lion that most likely swam up from the island’s east end and into Avalon Bay in the late 1800’s. Deciding to make Avalon his home base, the huge bull sea lion set about making friends of the Islanders, visitors and especially the fishermen
Catalina Island is home to the oldest golf course west of the Rocky Mountains. The scenic 2,100-yard course boasts nine holes and two sets of tees for 18 hole play. The course offers a fully stocked Pro Shop. There’s no need to worry about the hassle of bringing clubs over on the ferry – you can rent clubs, electric and pull carts.
Many say the most notable landmark on Catalina Island is the iconic beautiful Casino building. Perched along the harbor, the Art Deco circular icon has been the focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened its doors over eighty years ago.
The longer you live in Avalon the more you become aware of the unique and wonderful people that are your friends and neighbors. Some of these individuals are especially unique for you know that they must have wings or a halo somewhere, for they truly are angels on earth.
We want to tell you a little bit about some of the wonderful people that call Avalon their home…Rose Ellen (Arno) Gardner is a true Islander and one of a few actually born on the island. Rose Ellen’s parents, Joe and Rose Arno arrived in Avalon in 1934 to run the local fish market eventually owning the market, Catalina Café, Arno’s Seafood Grotto and the ice concession.
Lolo Saldana is an Avalon treasure. For the past 60 years he has run the local barber shop in the Island Plaza. Lolo’s is an island tradition, a place to gather and chat while waiting for your haircut and learning the latest Avalon news. Every kid in town knows that Lolo is always ready to give them a piece of bubblegum or candy when they stop in to say hello.
As construction continues on the former El Encanto building, the new destination spa is beginning to emerge and is due to open early summer. As with any eighty-two year old building, as the remodel progresses, some construction issues are beginning to pop up that need to be addressed. Most of these issues were anticipated, some were not. The main focus has been on the replacement of portions of the foundation in the entry tower.
Romance is in full bloom this spring on Catalina Island! Spectacular views, a calm setting and a variety of venues to choose from ensure that couples and their guests have an experience to remember. Santa Catalina Island Company’s team of skilled wedding planners make it their priority to plan dream weddings and guide each step of the planning process from choosing the perfect location to planning an exciting weekend for wedding guests.
Just 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, adventure junkies can experience one of Santa Catalina Island Company’s thrilling hands on, packaged experiences. Taking guests to new heights, the Heli-Adventures showcase breathtaking views and allow guests to explore the natural, uninhabited beauty of Catalina Island via helicopter, trail trekking or pedal power.
Ahoy mates! Catalina Island’s party of the year is right around the corner with the 2nd annual Shipwreck Weekend kicking off April 11-12, 2014 at Two Harbors. A spring version of the popular Buccaneers Event that takes place every October, Santa Catalina Island Company is excited to host a castaway weekend of costume contests, live entertainment, DJ’s, treasure hunts and more.
Looking for a quick and easy getaway from southern California that leaves room for plenty of thrills? Then look no further than Santa Catalina Island Company’s zip line, offering adrenaline junkies an exotic experience just 26 miles away from Los Angeles. Guests are invited to propel down five separate zip stations dropping from 500 feet to 600 feet above sea level, with one stage that is up to 1,100 feet long!