Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Discover L.A.: Catalina Island

If you are looking for a romantic place to go for a long weekend or Valentine’s Day, I would strongly suggest nearby Santa Catalina Island.  This island is roughly 26 miles from the coast of Los Angeles harbor.  It is one of a chain of islands called the Channel Islands.  It is the only one of the Channel Islands that caters to tourists.  You can reach the island’s only city, Avalon, quite easily by boat from Long Beach or San Pedro. 
Catalina Island became a popular tourist attraction in the 1920s and was frequently visited by movie starts and millionaires.  It was known as a popular place to go for a day or for a weekend with your sweetheart.  In the 1950s a band called The Four Preps made the island well-known nationwide with their hit song about the island.  The chorus of this song lets you know that Catalina is a place for lovers:
Twenty-six mile across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me
Santa Catalina, the island of romance, romance, romance, romance….

So take your sweetheart or a group of friends and head on down to the seaport of Long Beach or San Pedro and make the one hour trip to Catalina.  The island features beautiful beaches, great restaurants, scuba-diving, zip-lining, glass bottom boat rides or just strolling along the bay with your true love.  If you decide to go by yourself, you just might meet someone new to fall in love with!  After all, Catalina Island is the island of romance! 

Taken from our monthly e-Newsletter

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