Catalina Island Info - Resources
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
|The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
Annual October smooth Jazz in the Avalon Ballroom
|Catalina Island Ocean Rafting
For Whale Watching Trips, Coastal Excursions, Ocean Rafting Trips and Snorkel Expeditions
|Catalina Island Transportation
Helicopter Charters and Flights. Departs from Long Beach or San Pedro
Express high-speed vessels, including Catamarans for fun transportation to and from the island
|Catalina Island Weather
10 Day Weather Forcast
Catalina Island - Interesting Facts
The originanal inhabitants of Catalina Island was the Tongva tribe, who also lived in the Los Angeles area. This rocky island is off the California coast (about 20 miles from Los Angeles) and is about 74 square miles in size. It is one of the eight islands which make up the Channel Islands.
Catalina Isalnd is the only channel island with a permanent civilian population. As per the 2000 census, there are 3,696 permanent residents. Most of the island is owned by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Detailed Catalina Island Information can be found on Wikipedia.
About 1,000,000 tourists per year visit the island. Access to the island is via Ferries or "The Airport in the Sky". The airport is located in the center of the island at an altitude of 1602 feet. It has a single runway which is only suitable for small planes. Two mountain tops had to be blasted away and the gap between the two was filled by 200,000 truckloads of rock. The airport is often closed due to low-hanging clouds. Make a point of visiting the airport while you are on Catalina Island - and preferably by hiking or by bike.