Why Catalina Island makes the Perfect Weekend Getaway

Summer may be over but there’s no better time to take a trip to the beautiful Catalina Island – the perfect weekend getaway or, for those living near the coast of Southern California, the ultimate “staycation.”

Located only 22 miles from the coast, the local paradise is only a short boat ride away. Visitors can do everything from exploring the island’s natural beauty by camping and boating to relaxing at an upscale vacation rental or a trip to the Island Spa. 

Our very own Audra Stafford shows you how to make the most of your stay at Catalina with activities like kayaking around the island, watching sea creatures underneath the waves at Lover’s Cove, and the best places to eat with the most delicious offerings.

And if you haven’t been to Catalinas Annual Wine Mixer in Avalon, book your ticket to the island from September 22-24.  Inspired by the hilarious “Catalina Wine Mixer” scene from Will Ferrell’s comedy classic Step Brothers, this annual event attracts thousands for one last summer beach party.

To learn more about this tourist destination, watch the full episode below or see it air nationwide on this week’s episode of California Life with Heather Dawson.