For an island experience and urban escape, conveniently located just off the coast of California, Catalina Island may just be the perfect fit. One hour on the Catalina Express ferry whisks you from the mainland to the main port of Avalon where you immediately get the vacation “feel.” Avalon cove has the same vibe as a “mini” Monte-Carlo, except the yachts are replaced by small sailboats and the casino is used for events – not gambling.