Los Angeles County’s island in the sun beckons with streamlined art deco landmarks, mostly car-free streets and unspoiled natural surroundings. After a swift ride via the Catalina Express from San Pedro, Dana Point or Long Beach to Avalon, disembark for a stay at the 1920-built, recently refurbished Hotel Atwater, now cheerfully reimagined with many acknowledgments to Catalina Island’s pre-World War II heyday. 

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