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  • Catalina island is quite the hidden gem in Los Angeles.

  • I have been living in Southern California for about seven years now, and the first time I heard of the island was just a few years ago.

  • It's located southwest of L.A., and it's a gorgeous beach town that can only be reached by ferry.

  • This was my first time riding the Catalina Express, and I departed from the Long Beach port.

  • The ride was roughly an hour and a round trip ticket cost about $75, and if you're bringing your fur baby, they can ride for free.

  • I happen to go on a weekend that had a lot of rain in the forecast, but despite the on and off showers, I actually found plenty of things to do, from beaches to hiking.

  • Here are my top 8 things to do on Catalina Island.

  • Number 1, Avalon Beaches.

  • It's no surprise that you will have plenty of beach options in Catalina.

  • Descanso Beach is a private beach with public access that is just beyond the world-famous Catalina Casino.

  • This beach is part of the Descanso Beach Club, which offers a restaurant, bar, and Cabana rentals.

  • Middle Beach overlooks the center of the harbor and this is where the majority of the town's shops and restaurants are located.

  • Number 2, Descanso Canyon.

  • The Canyon is situated just 600 ft above the Descanso Beach Club, and there are plenty of activities at the area of Adventure Park.

  • None of the outdoor activities are pet-friendly, so I parked here and took Zoe to the grassy area where she had plenty of space to herself and she really enjoyed running around the area.

  • Number 3, Catalina Casino.

  • I initially thought the casino was a Vegas-style gambling venue, but it's actually a massive theater and event space, and you can't miss this building as its structure dominates the island.

  • Number 4, Green Pier.

  • If you're looking for things to do on the island, the visitor center is located here, so it's a great place to stop and get visitor information if you're keen on diving and safari tours.

  • Number 5, take a scenic drive.

  • If you want to drive around the island, you can rent a golf cart and easily explore the mountain terrain.

  • I spent about an hour driving around the island, which was plenty of time to cover the one-square-mile island.

  • Number 6, Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden.

  • The drive of the mountain to the Botanical Garden was gorgeous and I spotted several deer along the way.

  • I wasn't aware that dogs weren't allowed inside the garden, so I wasn't able to enter the premises; however, the guy suggested dog-friendly hikes in the area.

  • Nonetheless, I enjoy the scenic drive up and hope to return to the garden someday.

  • Number 7, Downtown Avalon.

  • There are plenty of shops and dining options in Downtown Avalon, and it's a pleasant area to walk around.

  • We had dinner on our first night at Bluewater Avalon where we had the best views of the Green Pier.

  • Number 8, The Metropole Market Place.

  • Across the street from Bluewater Avalon is the Metropole Market Place, which is an adorable cobblestone village.

  • I purchased a cup of coffee and a couple of fresh baked cookies at the Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.

  • I really enjoyed my time on this island even though I didn't have the best of luck with the weather.

  • Of course, there are still plenty of things you can do on the island, but this gives you an idea of how much the island has to offer.

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Catalina island is quite the hidden gem in Los Angeles.

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8 Things To Do For a Leisurely Weekend On Catalina Island

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