Santa Catalina Island is located 22 miles from Los Angeles. It is one of eight Channel Islands situated off the coast of Southern California. The island is accessible from the mainland harbors of Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. It has a rich history of Spanish explorers, Hollywood movies, gold mining, commercial fishing and more. Catalina was once owned by chewing gum magnate and former owner of the Chicago Cubs, William Wrigley Jr. For three decades the island was the spring training camp for the Chicago Cubs. Today, Santa Catalina Island is a playground for boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, nightlife and more. The island is renowned for crystal clear water making it one of the premier scuba diving spots in California. Interesting wildlife common to the island includes buffalo, dolphins, Garibaldi and flying fish.
OTHER HELPFUL SITES:
Catalina Island Website
Catalina Island Conservancy
Catalina Island Visitors Bureau
Catalina Island Company