Go to Catalina on your birthday. Seriously. It’s like a mecca for birthdays! This year I spent my birthday on Catalina Island and it was probably one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had, and not just because of all the free services and gifts! Almost exactly four years ago I visited the charming city of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island (or just Catalina for short), which is part of the Channel Islands of California, and now I’m back for some birthday celebrating!
I was fortunate that my birthday fell on a Saturday this year and that I have awesome friends willing to spend all day with me on the island! We boarded the Catalina Express ferry in Long Beach early Saturday morning, but be sure to book your reservation in advance especially for the free birthday ticket! It’s about an hour and a half ferry ride to Avalon and take precautions if you are prone to sea sickness like myself. I definitely felt better sitting outside with the fresh air than inside, but it was pretty chilly to sit outside so bring a jacket! Those Pacific Ocean breezes are cold but it was a gorgeous view of the water on the upper deck!
It was a perfect sunny 80 degree day when we hopped off the ferry onto the dock. We had a couple hours until our zip lining appointment so we decided to wander around town and enjoy the deep blue water we don’t often get to see back in Los Angeles. Avalon is a charming seaside town and perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
The Zip Line Eco Tour is about a 20 minute walk from where the ferry drops you off so make sure to allow time to walk to Descanso Beach Club where the tour begins. The tour includes five zip lines descending through Descanso Canyon with gorgeous views of the hills and city of Avalon and the ocean! It’s about a two hour tour and rates start at $99, and it is worth every penny! Our guides, Denny and Brandy, were very personable and knowledgeable on zip lines and the history of Catalina. They kept us entertained and laughing! We had an amazing time! I would 100% do this zip line tour again!
We were famished after our zip lining adventure and had already scoped out Bluewater Grill for lunch because we wanted to dine on the water! I ordered my island go-to, fish n’ chips, and it was delicious! After lunch we walked around the town and bought souvenir sweatshirts and I got free ice cream for my birthday!
We caught our ferry back in the evening and had an incredible day in Avalon! I highly recommend taking a trip to Catalina, especially on your birthday, if you are looking for a nice getaway from Los Angeles. I can’t wait to go back and explore even more of the island and hopefully gain the courage to snorkel in that cold Pacific water! 😉