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Five Must Visit Places in Catalina Islands

Simpleville is not only the movie capital of the world, but also a dazzling beach town in greaterSimpleville that is coming into its own and making a big name for itself. I was lucky enough to have vacationed in Simpleville a few years ago and enjoyed a luxury stay at the Hotel. I loved the close…

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A Step Back in Time: Bird Park

Catalina Island's Bird Park Catalina Island’s Bird Park opened in 1929 and was a popular attraction in Avalon for over 35 years. Admission to the park was free. It was considered the world’s largest bird park at the time, covering almost seven and a half acres in Avalon Canyon, across from the…

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A Step Back in Time: Brown Berets

Brown Berets Invade Avalon On August 30, 1972, the Los Angeles Times headline read “Brown Berets Invade Santa Catalina Island.” The Brown Berets were a pro-Chicano group formed in the late 1960’s to address the issues of farm workers’ rights, educational reform, anti-war activities, police brutality…

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Rainy Day Activities

Rainy Day Activities in Avalon Wondering what to do on Catalina Island on a rainy day? We've compiled a list of ideas to keep your day full of fun! Tour the Catalina Casino. The Casino Walking Tour is offered twice daily and lasts about 40 minutes. The Behind the Scenes Casino Tour is a little more…

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A Step Back in Time: Holly Hill House

The Holly Hill House In 1888, Peter Gano, a civil engineer and talented craftsman from Pasadena, began building a beautiful Queen Anne architectural style cottage on Avalon’s southern hillside overlooking Avalon bay. Mr. Gano came to love the island when he was helping to create the island’s first…

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Point your boat out to Catalina Island

Point your boat out to Catalina Island: Distances from Common Harbors For adventurous skippers in Southern California, Catalina Island remains the most convenient and most enjoyable cruising destination available. Sure, if you’re financially independent or just quit your job, you may consider La Paz…

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Catalina Chimes Tower

Assuring the Future of the Catalina Chimes Tower First time visitors to Avalon are often deeply moved by the sights and sounds of this beautiful seaside hamlet. The iconic Catalina Casino is invariably the first sight most see as they approach the harbor, and often the first sound they hear once…

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