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If you are like many people who live or even visit to La, a time will come whenever you just might want to get from the madding crowd. Once the urge to escape that huge city arrives some people go to the tranquility of the Santa Monica or San Gabriel mountains. Others drive a bit farther to savor some desert solitude. But still others in that situation say "anchors aweigh" and strike out over the Gulf of mexico. There is no finer side trip from Los Angeles than setting sail for any excursion or perhaps a weekend getaway to nearby Santa Catalina Island.

Under 25 miles offshore, Catalina Island is a part of mostly-hectic Los Angeles County. But notwithstanding its political jurisdiction, Catalina is really a world unto itself. The majority of from the island is owned by the Catalina Conservancy, and it is environment is extremely protected.

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Catalina is really a small but historic and environmentally significant Los angeles island. Tourists from Los Angeles and beyond have been coming to Catalina Island since before the turn of the 20th century, but through the years its isolation has helped to preserve and protect its magnificent natural beauty. There are only three ways to get to Catalina -- on a private ship or boat, on the ferry or by air - and cars are restricted. As a result, today Catalina greets its tourists in exactly the same as it did in yesteryear.

Nothing can compare to a little time on a small (although not deserted) island to soothe the soul and quiet the mind. Being an asylum from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Catalina is almost beyond compare. Avalon and Two Harbors would be the island's two population centers. Both offer amenities to visitors, but nobody in the right mind would ever call either one of them a city.

Most visitors tour the island on foot, but bicycles and golf carts easily could be rented if you like not to walk. Cars are restricted, so the permissible island modes of transportation give a refreshing vary from Los Angeles traffic jams. Full-service resort hotels and vacation home rentals provide a number of accommodation on the island. Many hotels and rental villas are oceanside or offer views of Avalon Harbor or Hamilton Cove. Dining options include seafood of course, however the island's restaurants also boast indoor and alfresco fine dining, steaks and ribs, Italian dishes, pizza, Mexican food and good old-fashioned home-style cooking.

Catalina Island is a small place but there are plenty of items to occupy vacationers. The skill Deco Casino is really a notable Catalina landmark found on Avalon Beach. A well known tourist attraction, this tall structure features the earth's largest circular ballroom, a large cinema and also the interesting Catalina Island Museum which preserves the island's cultural heritage through its many exhibits. Semi-submarine and glass bottom boat tours take vacationers offshore to enable them to begin to see the marine life, reefs and shipwrecks with the island's superior waters. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, biking, hiking, eco-tours and golf will also be popular vacation pastimes, and 2 beaches around the island offer good surfing. And Avalon features a pedestrian walkway lined with quaint shops, charming boutiques and galleries for those who love shopping. But instead of benefiting from these offerings, many people prefer to just relax on one of Catalina's idyllic beaches.

Catalina Island is definitely an oasis within the ocean, a haven near the coast of Southern California. A location where people can also enjoy warm clear waters inside a friendly Mediterranean-style setting. Catalina Island can be whatever you want so that it is. Relaxing or adventurous, it can be romantic but it is also the perfect getaway if you're traveling alone.

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