Cruise to Catalina

One of the eight small islands in the Channel Islands archipelago of the coast of southern California, Catalina Island is one of those under-the-radar spots that’s fun precisely because almost nothing is there and almost nobody knows about it. But those who do know about Catalina get hooked on the magic right away. And for cruisers, it’s an authentic, easy-to-enjoy slice of California culture.

From the picturesque main port to the funky bars in Avalon town to Two Harbors, where hundreds of So Cal boaters drop anchor and create a 24/7 summer party, Catalina is proof that even in California, you don’t need to be red-carpet ready to have a good time.