An hour after leaving the dock in San Pedro, the boat pulls into the Avalon harbor. Tourists pull their luggage along the sidewalk towards the sleepy town. I watch the boats bob up and down with the gentle waves as they reach the shores of Catalina Island.
Island life puts everything into slow motion ; thoughts, actions, movements. I hear that Marilyn Monroe worked in the candy shop on Main Street when she was sixteen.
The history of Hollywood’s riches are found in the homes on the Island’s hills and the yachts in the harbor.
It’s a quiet place, safe to walk and full of charm.
I make the most of my day here with a few adventures, but let’s start with a general overview filled with walks along the beach and stunning west end scenery.