Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island. Manly a tourist destination, there is a mere 1400 hundred residents that live there full time. Due to that, the town has more kitschy shops than local hangouts. Nevertheless, the white sandy beaches, outdoor activities and eclectic restaurants will prevent boredom.
If you are looking for a short day hike, I recommend the Garden to Sky trail. It can be accessed via The Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden located at the top of Avalon Canyon, a quick thirty minute walk from town. There is a trolley you can catch a ride on but I highly recommended flexing those legs. The walk is fairly flat – just remember to wear sunscreen. Otherwise, you will look like a lobster by the end of the day.
Don’t rush straight to the hiking trails though. Check out the botanical gardens and read the fun facts that are written on the placards next to certain plants. It is a very kid friendly activity while also being educational.
Once you work up an appetite, indulge in a Mexican feast at Maggie’s Blue Rose. Homemade tortillas and sauces are sure to please the pickiest palates. Running free? Venture over to Luau Larry’s where are the drinks are the size of your head. They are also make a mean ahi tuna burger.
You can’t end your adventure packed afternoon without a sweet treat. I’m a huge fan of Catalina Coffee and Cookie Company. They serve homemade pastries and what else? Cookies! Soft baked and slightly chewy in the middle, they are reminiscent of your grandmother’s secret recipe. Enjoy two or three alongside a steaming cup of coffee.
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