Norma Jean Baker, age 16, was married to Merchant Marine, James Dougherty. She spent a year living in Avalon while her husband trained for World War II. Once he was sent overseas, Norma Jean returned to the mainland and worked in an airplane factory where she was “discovered” and eventually became known as Marilyn Monroe.
Welcome to Santa Catalina Island!
Leave all the hustle and bustle behind and return to slower pace of life, the island life. Whether it’s your first time to Catalina Island or fiftieth time, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy your stay and come back time and time again. Catalina Island has a rich and storied history, where soldiers lived, movies were made, couples fell in love and where warm hospitality abounds.
Santa Catalina Island is located 22 miles south southwest of Los Angeles and is the southernmost island of the Channel Islands of California. Santa Catalina Island is made up of two towns, the incorporated town of Avalon to the east end and unincorporated town Two Harbors to the west end. The island is just 22 miles long and 8 miles across. Outside of the two towns is a rugged wilderness with majestic beauty, owned and operated by the Catalina Island Conservancy.
To get to Santa Catalina Island, you can take a passenger ferry from Newport Beach, Dana Point Long Beach or San Pedro, CA. You could also fly in via helicopter, private plane or sail over on a private boat. Catalina Island’s Airport in the Sky, sits on a mountaintop, 1,602 feet above sea level. Visit our boating section for information about mooring around Catalina Island. Catalina Island is a regular weekly stop for some Cruise Ships.
Most visitors and residents get around the island by foot, bike or golf cart. The weather on the Island is described as a mild subtropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. Read on to find out about the Santa Catalina Island’s history, points of interest, including the Catalina Casino and to view maps, webcams, events and photos.
We look forward to seeing you on Santa Catalina Island!*Even though we love dogs and other pets, the hotels, restaurants and facilities of the Catalina Island Company do not have accommodations for dogs or pets and are not considered pet friendly.