5 Reasons to Visit Catalina in the Off Season

Photo credit Roger Meadows.

Photo by Roger Meadows

Catalina Island will take a lifetime to reveal all her secrets, but one of the best ways to learn more about this fascinating island is to visit in the slower winter months between November and March. The Catalina off season experience provides a unique vacation, whether you are looking for peace and quiet or pulse-pounding adventure. Here are just a few of the many inducements that Avalon offers in the off-season.

Nature: Whether you are looking to spot breaching gray whales or soaring bald eagles on your Southern California vacation, Catalina Island is the place to do it. Dappled with wildflowers in the early spring or greened by winter rains, the natural wonders of the island are much easier to appreciate when you are here, when everyone else isn’t.

Projects: Do you have a novel just waiting to be written – or read? How about a craft project that you’ll finish Some Day? Maybe you have an annual report to put together and need to eliminate the normal office distractions. A Catalina getaway may be just the inspiration you need to get it done.

Events: Catalina Island events are intriguing and varied throughout the off season. Endurance events dot the calendar in November, January and March. An air show and a swing dance festival bring late fall to life. The holiday season brings plenty of Christmas cheer at Shop at Home night. In the early spring you won’t want to miss the treasure hunt atmosphere of the Avalon Harbor Underwater Clean-up or the black tie elegance at An Evening With Oscar.

Peace and romance: Winter on Catalina Island brings with it a slower pace of life that invites you to relax and unwind. Curl up with a good book, get a massage or cook an intricate meal, no matter what you do in the off season you’ll be able to do it at a pace that reminds you what’s truly important in life. Speaking of which, if you’re looking for a chance to reconnect and rekindle the romance, a Catalina Island getaway is one of the most romantic things to do in Los Angeles County.

Weather: Catalina Island weather is rarely severe and when it is, you don’t want to miss it. Periodically, Santa Ana winds blow through Southern California, pushing water before them across the channel. By the time they reach Avalon Harbor, that power has been transformed into high surf that crashes into town in a spectacular display of nature that must be seen to be believed. Winter also brings rainstorms that are perfect for a fireplace and a good book as well as crystal clear air that showcases the snow on the Southern California mainland.

2 replies
  1. LISA FOSTER
    LISA FOSTER says:

    THE LAST 2 TIMES I HAVE BEEN TO CATALINA I HAVE BROUGHT 1ST TIME VISITORS WITH ME WANTING TO SHARE THE EXPERIENCE OF THE YELLOW SUB AND THE FLYING FISH TOUR….AND BOTH TIMES THE SEASON WAS OVER OR THE WATER WAS TO ROUGH FOR THE TOURS..I PLAN TO RETURN THIS YEAR WITH YET ANOTHER 1ST TIME VISITOR..IS THERE A TIME OF THE YEAR
    WHEN I CAN BE RELATIVELY SURE BOTH TOURS ARE AVAILABLE?….IF SO I WILL BOOK WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO…THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR RESPONSE

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