Santa Catalina Island is a rocky island off the coast California. Catalina is one of the Channel Islands and is part of Los Angeles County. The island is located about 22 miles (35km) southwest of LA. The highest point on the island is 2,097ft (639m).
About a million tourists visit Catalina every year and it is serviced by ferries and the a small airport on the island. Ferries depart from Orange County and Los Angeles County from Long Beach, San Pedro and Marina Del Rey. The trip takes approximately an hour by ferry and there is a helicopter service that is available from Long Beach or San Pedro that only takes about 15 minutes.
There are two small towns on the island, the largest being Avalon, where most of the ferries arrive. The second town is Two Harbors, a much smaller village is located at the isthmus of the island. It is the primary spot for those who wish to see the western side of Catalina.
Two Harbors is accessible by ferry from San Pedro and by bus or boat from Avalon.
Getting there is easy and Catalina Island is an exciting excursion from Southern California.