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 Post subject: [LA] Catalina Island
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:13 pm 
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I haven't been yet and would like to go. Tips? Any info? Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: [LA] Catalina Island
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:38 pm 
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What kinds of activities are you looking for?

On the Avalon side, I've done:
-lots of shopping and places to eat (not lots of vegan options)
-Wrigley botanical garden - pretty, and you can climb the memorial and get a good view
-snorkeling in the kelp forest/among garibaldis. Walk south past the ferry terminal for good snorkeling spots, or you can buy fish food and feed the fishies.
-very small beach to sunbathe
-see the old casino, take a tour
-rent a golf cart and drive around (pretty and fun, but expensive)

Things I haven't done but my friends have done:
-scuba diving
-glass bottomed boat tour
-other water sports (parasailing, jet ski, kayaking)

On the Two Harbors side (less developed), I've done:
-hiking
-backpacking
-camping
-kayaking (if you do this, stay on the mainland side. The water is really rough on the ocean side of the island!)


I've never found good vegan food on Catalina, unfortunately. There are a few options at Antonio's (spaghetti with marinara sauce, garden salad) and a few Mexican places with veggie burritos. There's a really popular ice cream place near the Casino but they don't have any dairy-free options (but my omni friends are zealots about stopping by there).

ETA: According to Happy Cow there are a few vegan friendly places (Cafe Metropole, Ellie's Island Deli). I guess I've just always missed them!

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 Post subject: Re: [LA] Catalina Island
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:55 pm 
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I also wanted to add you can hike on the Avalon side. There is a trail head at the Hermit Gulch campground. We've also stayed at that campground and liked it.

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 Post subject: Re: [LA] Catalina Island
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:21 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions. I don't really know what I want to do, just that I want to go, so that was very helpful!

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