I had the pleasure of sailing on the Disney Wonder with my family and one of our ports of call was Catalina Island and it turned out to be one of my favorite stops on our cruise!

Catalina Island feels like a private wonderland. The island is full of quaint shops, happy tourists, fun restaurants, and endless beauty. There are no stop lights, everyone walks everywhere, and the crime is super low.

Catalina is 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and is known for its beautiful wildlife, scuba diving, ziplining, and offers a charming coastal town feel. It’s full of interesting facts too.

The island is owned by the chewing gum king, William Wrigley who also owned the Chicago Cubs. He brought spring training to the island for over thirty years.

Catalina is also home to the oldest golf course in Southern California, Avalon. More than 4,000 people reside on the island and the weather is just about perfect every day. It rarely gets above 85 and the lows are in the 60s so anytime is perfect to visit. It’s easy to get to Catalina if it’s not one of your ports of call.

There is a one-hour passenger ferry ride from Long Beach and Newport Beach. You can rent golf carts or bikes once you arrive on the island. It’s the perfect spot for a day trip or a long weekend.

My family and I spent the day ziplining and sight-seeing. We walked around the island and checked out all the gift shops, beaches, and restaurants. There was plenty for us to discover and we can’t wait to return!