The paradise that is Catalina Island has attracted all types of people over the years: from Hollywood stars to business moguls, to regular folks looking to spend a relaxing day away from the mainland. Its appeal has made it a favorite getaway of mine for more than 30 years. Catalina Island’s main city, Avalon, is often described as having European charm and a Mediterranean climate. The best part is you do not need a passport to visit!

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