When I first saw a picture of Catalina Island on Instagram, I knew I had to come here. I was so surprised that an island like that existed in the United States, not like the U.S. Virgin Islands, which aren’t really near the mainland of the United States. Catalina has two main cities on the island, and they are Avalon and Two Harbors. Two Harbors is more of the hiking and campground city and there aren’t much restaurants or hotels, it’s mainly just endless amounts of mountains and hills and views of the ocean. Avalon was the city that I went to. It has a bunch of restaurants, shops, a beach front, hills of houses, and mountains.
I got to the island by taking a ferry from the Long Beach port and it took about an hour to get to and from the island. People typically stay on the island for more than a day because it’s a nice and relaxing getaway from the hecticness of Los Angeles. But I only spent one day there because of time. Once on the island, I was amazed by the breathtaking views of the ocean, the mountains, and the hills of houses. It truly looked like the Amalfi coast of Italy.
One thing that was interesting that I saw were the endless amounts of golf carts! That’s how people get around on the island, either by foot, by bike or skateboard, or by golf carts. There are no actual cars on the island.
I went with a friend to the island and we were determined to get to the best spot to get a good view of the overall island. We weren’t sure how to achieve that so we got a map that showed us a long and winding road to get to the top of a hill to get a view that overlooked the island. We climbed up a lot of steps in between houses, went up some long and winding roads, and we finally reached the top of the hill, and believe me when I say that it was such a breathtaking view. The walk up to the hill took us about 30 minutes and it was tiring because it was so hot and we weren’t in proper hiking attire. But regardless of all of that, we managed to take in all of the beauty of the island along the way and at the top of the hill.