My wife and I recently returned (late Oct, 2012), from a short stay at the Vista Del Mar Hotel on Catalina where we celebrated the big 20. (along with a few college friends of course) By the way there is nothing like flying coast to coast to spend 4 days for an anniversary. Anyway we chose the Hotel Vista Del Mar by a referal from a long time Catalina Island resident/friend of ours. They were dead on. Perfect location, a short walk from the ferry landing. Central to downtown Avalon. Newly rennovated, this property is beautiful. Great tile work guys!! Inside the hotel is a quiet peaceful retreat that leaves you amazed the the "hustle" of Avalon is just two floors below your feet.
I suggest bringing/renting your snorkeling gear/ dive gear and get wet. The water around Catalina is amazing, kelp fields and brilliant fish, Garibaldi are the orange ones you'll see as you disembark the ferry on the island. Go visit Catalina, bring your wine from home if you like the good stuff (like my wife), super expensive there. Book your room at the Hotel Vista Del Mar a perfect lodge to top off a wonderful trip. So nice it was worth a 5000 mile round trip for four days!!More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included