CIVR Guest Blogger: Staying in Hamilton Cove

Guest Blog submitted by William Zain

I visit Catalina Island a lot and usually stay at one of the hotels in the heart of Avalon. This time I decided to spend a more leisurely time with my family in the island. We ended up staying at the Hamilton Cove Villas and I am glad we did. Hamilton Cove is a gated community about 1.5 miles from Avalon. It has many condos on hills surrounding the cove. Every condo has an amazing view of the ocean.

Our unit had 2 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen. The master bedroom was very large with an attached office/lounge area and a master bathroom with a luxurious bathtub. The living room had a sleeper couch and a large flat screen TV. After a busy day exploring the island, it was nice to relax and enjoy a movie with the family.

The best feature to me was the large balcony with stunning views all around. We had our breakfast on the balcony and admired the breathtaking scenery around us. We also enjoyed getting around with the complimentary golf cart that comes with the villa.  Hamilton Cove Villa balcony


CIVR Blog: Catalina Island summer

Catalina’s warm waters are calling.

Southern California’s recent heat wave sometimes makes it difficult to remember that fall is just around the corner, but the time available for a summer getaway is quickly running out. Fortunately, one of the best times for a Catalina summer getaway is the last time for a Catalina summer getaway.

Santa Catalina Island has seen record crowds this summer, with perfect weather and a wealth of new activities and experiences creating an irresistible combination for Southern California travel enthusiasts. Most Catalina island visitors think they’ve got to wait until fall to beat those summer crowds, but the last two weeks of August often offer a chance for a Catalina Island summer vacation without quite as many fellow travelers. Many schools are back in session beginning August 24 and for those that aren’t, parents are often making last minute preparations for when school does start. For those who can escape school obligations, Catalina Island in late summer offer the perfect respite from the mainland, with cooler temperatures, sea breezes and a carefree attitude perfect for this idyllic Island.

Catching that last wave of summer for a Catalina Island vacation is even easier, thanks to Catalina Island Vacation Rentals. CIVR will be offering an end-of-summer special offer of 50 percent off on stays between August 23 and August 27 (must reserve by August 22, certain restrictions apply).

CIVR Blog: Catalina Family Reunion


Undersea Expedition

Undersea Expedition

Catalina Island, with its wide range of activities and easy access from the Southern California mainland is a destination for all reasons and seasons. One of the best special occasions to get away to Santa Catalina Island is a family reunion. Avalon offers a number of relaxing spots for catching up with family or bond together over an exciting new activity like parasailing, ziplining or snorkeling. Dining options run the gamut from burgers and fries for the kids to culinary creations sure to please even the pickiest foodies in the family.

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals is the perfect choice for Catalina family reunion accommodations. With quaint cottages, exclusive Hamilton Cove Villas and Avalon condos all available, CIVR offers Catalina Island family lodging options for just about any budget. All the comforts of home mean your family will be able to spend time together over a meal – and argue over who gets dish duty. As the day comes to close, your Catalina Island vacation rental will come to be your home away for home, with room for relaxing, family game night or just long talks into the wee hours.

Guest Blogger: Two Harbors Casas


Photo credit: Let’s Play OC!

We stayed at the beautiful Casa Santa Cruz, a renovated modern rental home in Two Harbors that’s centrally located with views of both harbors seen throughout the house. It can accommodate 8 comfortably with three bedrooms (each has a view of a harbor, the master has a view of both harbors), two full restrooms, a loft with a pull-out bed and DVD player, full kitchen, dining area, a living room, and two patios. Amenities include a full washer/dryer, dishes, silverware, a BBQ, and cookware.

NOTE: There is no WIFI in the rental, however, there is free WIFI next to the restaurant.

After we played in the water all day, we picked up supplies and ingredients from their General Store to make dinner every night. They had all the tools we needed. It doesn’t get much better than this. How would you like to dine every night with a breathtaking view of Isthmus Cove from your patio?

Isthmus Cove, Two Harbors CA Catalina Island Photo by (c) 798

Photo credit: Let’s Play OC!

There is one restaurant, one general store, campgrounds, and a recreational center where you can rent bikes, kayaks, snorkeling, SCUBA gear, and umbrellas, etc.

What to Pack:
Beach Towels (there are towels in the rental but they are white),
Groceries and ingredients (plan your meals ahead),
Music (It’s like a party house with plenty of seating throughout the house),
Bug Spray (don’t forget to apply it in the evening),
Warm clothing for nightly walks, and
Your favorite DVD’s for movie nights (they have a great selection there too).

Written by Mary Tran. Mary is a mom of two boys who blogs about family fun things in Orange County at To read more about Mary’s Tips for Two Harbors and staying at Casa Santa Cruz, please visit:

Disclosure: We received a media rate. All opinions are our own.