July 2006

Fishing Talk Radio | New Product Reviews

Find your Hotel Room Worldwide



Cool Catalinaís Calling

Beyond Arizona

By Jim Kelly

As summer stamps its fiery feet into Arizona, the state is a rumble with the sounds of suitcases sliding off the shelves and thoughts of distant climes.

One favorite destination is anywhere near the blue chill of the Pacific Ocean.

However, although most Arizonans have made the trek west to California, one part of the state still seems to be overlooked by many of them.

This adventure and recreation spot is Santa Catalina Island.

Once the playground of the wealthy and aloof, Catalina Island has more activities for individuals and families crammed into its 76 square miles (54 miles of coastline) than any other day destination in the state.

Getting There

There are a number of ferry choices when going to Catalina, and your pick for the best one will probably be determined by where you are staying in California. There are choices ranging from seaplanes to private charter yachts, but my favorite is a trip into the past with the largest (and best-priced) boats belonging to Catalina Classic Cruises www.catalinaclassiccruises.com

Once you arrive in Avalon Harbor, however, the variety of things to do is almost overwhelming.

Catalina Water Activities

Discovery Tours' Undersea Tour

Sit 5 feet under the water and watch Catalinaís abundant marine life. Daytime and nighttime trips are offered aboard the semi-submersible vessels. This company offers Seal Rocks, Flying Fish Tours, and Sundown Isthmus Cruises. 310-510-TOUR

Catalina Kayak Adventures - http://www.catalinakayaks.com/

They offer guided tours, group discounts and rentals at Avalon and Little Harbor: (310) 510-2229.

Catalina Divers Supply - http://www.catalinadiverssupply.com/

Congratulations to this company for their 48 years of business on Catalina Island. This is a noteworthy anniversary for any dive shop, and they say their crew members are ready for the many great years of diving to come! (310) 510-2229

Catalina Ocean Rafting - http://www.catalinaoceanrafting.com/

Yes, ocean rafting. This company offers whale watching, snorkeling and a variety of related rafting trips: (310) 510-0211 or 1-800-990-RAFT

Restaurants

Just so you donít starve while visiting Avalon and parts beyond, the island has a wide selection of restaurants. These are only a sampling of the choices available:

Ristorante Villa Portofino

They offer a sampling of regional Italian specialties along with the best of European and American cuisine. 101 Crescent Ave. (310) 510-2009

Sally's Waffle Shop

They specialize in delicious omelets and waffles on the beachfront. Next to Joeís Place at the foot of the Green Pleasure Pier. (310) 510-0355

Steve's Steak House

Steveís is open 7 days a week and has a full bar. reservations are accepted, and group rates are available for lunch and dinner. 417 Crescent. (310) 510-0333.

Armstrong's Fish Market

Unless youíve caught one yourself, Armstrongís offers the only fresh seafood dining in Avalon Bay. The feature mesquite broiled Seafood, Steaks and Chicken. Fresh Sashimi, Clams, Oysters, Mussels and Crab Cakes and also have a Full bar. 306 Crescent Ave. (310) 510-0113.

Descanso Beach Club

This is an oceanfront bar and grill on Avalonís premier beach. They also have the only cocktail and food service on the beach. (310) 510-7410

Joe's Place

Where Islanderís and tourists can meet to enjoy good food and friendly service at family prices. Pancakes, hamburgers, full dinners. (310) 510-0491

So what are you waiting for? Jump on a plane, hire a car or bus out to San Pedro to begin one of the adventures of your life.

More information on Catalina Island can be obtained by visiting the Chamberís Web site at http://www.catalinachamber.com/

 

Last minute hotel reservation!


Find San Diego Hotels
Check in:
Check out:
Advanced search

Latest Issue: Click Here
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
Advertise with AZBW
spinfish

Spinfish Online Magazine And Where to Fish Directory