We have a special post to share today—one of our guests is guest blogging for us! Here at CIVR we love hearing about your experiences on Catalina, the activities you enjoy doing when visiting, and the traditions you’ve created. Read on to hear about Carlin and her family’s experience on Catalina Island and staying in one of the CIVR villas at Hamilton Cove.
In the quest for an unforgettable vacation that would match the stunning beauty of the Amalfi Coast, but had a closer proximity to home, I googled “most Mediterranean-like city in America”. Catalina Island came up on the list and it did NOT disappoint! Based on images I’d seen, I quickly booked a Hamilton Cove villa for our stay.
Catalina Island delivers that gorgeous Mediterranean feel, particularly if you stay in the lovely Hamilton Cove resort. Built vertically into a cliff, the units overlook the ocean allowing an incredible view 24/7. So many beautiful memories were made on this vacation. Every morning we ate breakfast on our balcony, watching yachts and dolphins sail around the sea. During the day we spent time on the beautiful Descanso Beach in a private cabana, paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming and soaking up the sun, all while being attended to by excellent servers. We zip-lined, went deep sea fishing and explored the gorgeous island vegetation in golf carts provided with each villa. The evenings were savored by again eating on the villa balcony or at our favorite Italian restaurant, Villa Portofino. Catalina Island was truly one of our best vacations, bringing huge smiles to our faces and gratitude in our hearts each time we reminisce.
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