Santa Catalina Island
The waves crashing against the window, a collaborative gasp as everyone on board's stomach jumped. We had no idea we were in store for such an adventurous morning when we purchased ferry tickets out to Catalina Island. Just 22 miles off the Southern tip of Los Angeles, the island is surprisingly full of Mediterranean charm. This place clearly knows how to show off for the camera..We pulled up to the bustling little town of Avalon and immediately found a brunch spot to get our mimosas on. The morning's gray clouds cleared by the time we were ready to tour the waterfront properties. The colors that little town did rock! A good stroll along the board walk was in order and kept us on pace for the sunny afternoon. I recommend you save room for Big Olaf's ice cream when you go. Good life decisions and such.The Catalina Casino is the most prominent building to welcome you to the island. It isn't in fact a casino but rather a decadent theater, art + history museum and ballroom. During our trip, The Phantom of the Opera was on stage. When we found ourselves immersed out of curiosity in the crowds to enter the theater, suddenly all of the cosplay we had being seeing around the island made much more sense. Avalon offers a whole range of activities from beachside lounging to tiki hutting to marketplace shopping. Beyond the city gets even more exciting with hiking, diving, kayaking, zip lining..I could go on. So, leisurely or adventurous..your choice. To get there, you could helicopter in or just ferry it like the rest of us. Aaaaand you get a free ferry ride on your birthday! Between the cosplay and the birthdays and the bachelorette parties, we could have been content to just tiki hut it and people watch the whole day!Oh yeah, and Ronald..
Would you ever live on an island?? (I can hear Justin saying no from the other room)