If you tuned in yesterday I introduced the island of Catalina, a family favorite vacation spot. Here are some of my top things to do there (in no particular order):
1. Bike Rides – There are several bike rental shops on the island. On my most recent trip I tried out a tandem bike for the first time. It was a lot trickier to balance than I thought it would be but it was definitely worth the experience. Plus, I still got my solo riding in with a mountain bike later. I highly recommend that for anyone interested in exploring the unmanicured side of the island.
2. Golf Cart Rides! – Due to the small size of the island, most residents and visitors do not drive your standard vehicles around. Instead they ride in golf carts! Even if you’re the type who enjoys walking everywhere, it’s worth it to rent a golf cart for an hour and enjoy the fun of zipping along the little roads. I like to try and spot all the specialty carts like the tow-truck cart or the police cart. My all-time favorite was a “driver-in-training” cart.
3. Good eats – It’s not hard to find something delicious to eat in Catalina but everywhere is pretty pricy. For the Best sandwiches on the island though, head to “Lori’s Good Stuff”. I’ll admit that I’m maybe a little biased based on the name… My other top food are the island’s candied apples. An old time candy shop named Lloyd’s does the best ones in my opinion. Crispy green apples coated in a thick layer of caramel and your choice of chocolate, melted marshmallows, nuts and other flavors if you so choose.
4. Pier Fishing – This is sort of a family tradition of ours. You can rent poles, buy bait and then start fishing all at the pier. We never keep the fish that we catch though, but as far as I know it’s only the Garibaldi (California state fish) that your obligated to throw back.
5. Anything in the water – The water may be cold (usually in the 60s) but there are just too many fun activities in the water to avoid it. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, peddle boats, inner tubes, or snorkeling gear. There is also jet skiing or parasailing if you’re willing to pay more. If you’re really keen on staying dry there are glass bottom boat tours and submarine rides.
If you’ve ever been to Catalina I’d love to hear about your favorite things to do!