Sunday, May 29, 2016

Santa Catalina

View of Avalon Harbor and Casino

Santa Catalina Island lies about 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. It's a popular tourist destination, with the boat trip taking about an hour from Long Beach. (And it's free if you go on your birthday.) This is a view of part of the Avalon harbor, with the Casino in the background.

The Casino was built in 1929 by William Wrigley, Jr. You might recognize that name from the chewing gum brand that he created, or as the owner of the Chicago Cubs, where Wrigley Field was named after him.

Cars are limited on the island, so you mainly get around by foot, bike, golf cart, or boat. My daughter and I walked around the town, took a glass-bottom boat tour (fun!), and climbed up several flights of stairs to this vantage point where we had this wonderful view of the entire harbor.


  1. I have spent many happy days on this island, but in a private camp rather than in Avalon. This is a lovely photo. I've never seen on from this perspective.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. This must have been a wonderful place for summer camp! This picture was taken from the top of the stairs that parallel the road towards the casino.


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