Get a taste of the beauty of Santa Catalina Island and the City of Avalon through our eyes in this tour by foot & golf cart of the scenic island. We arrived via a 4 day Carnival Cruise aboard the Carnival Imagination that had a stop in Ensenada, Mexico as well. The ship must use tender boats to ferry guests to shore as the ship is too large to dock. Waiting for the tender boat was a lengthy process that took an hour or so. The ride was very scenic, however, and within about 10 minutes we were at the Avalon Catalina cruise port. We pretty much did our own DIY excursion and as you can see in the video it was not difficult at all. In the video you can see various styles of houses in Catalina ranging from cottages to more modern, mega-expensive homes on the hills.
We first went on foot for a nice leisurely walk to the famous Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater. On the way we passed by the Avalon Veteran’s Memorial Park and Knabe Park. We also saw many people enjoying the nice beach nearby, called South Beach (yes like the one in Miami). We proceeded down Crescent Street, past the quaint shops and restaurants, and checked out the Green Pleasure Pier. We then continued onward to the Avalon Theater/Casino, and took a look inside the Avalon Diving History Exhibit, as well as the City of Avalon Dive Park. There we had a terrific view of our cruise ship, and also were able to zoom into Abalone Point/Lovers Cove.
Afterwards we went on a DYI golf cart tour of Catalina. The cost of the golf cart rental was $45 an hour + a $45 deposit. This was the highlight of our visit. We passed by the island’s golf course, Joe Machado Field, then the Hermit Gulch Campground, and reaching the gates of Wrigley Botanical Garden. We did not get a chance to go in due to time, but there is always next time. We then drove the golf cart up the hills on a beautiful scenic ride on Country Club Drive and then Chimes Tower Road, where we saw the Catalina Zipline Ecotour area, which looked quite fun. From above we saw the Descanso Beach Club and magnificent views of the Avalon Bay. We then drove past the Catalina Chimes Tower plus the Catalina Island Museum before returning the golf cart.
Then it was time to return to the cruise ship via another tender, and then we sailed away from Catalina, ending a fun visit there.
This was from our December 2018 cruise on the Carnival Imagination 4 day cruise to Catalina & Ensenada, Mexico.
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