Downtown Avalon on Catalina Island
Why This California Destination Is Known As America's
Amalfi Coast
By Hillary Louise Johnson


For those seeking a Mediterranean getaway without leaving the U.S., look no further than the town of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island just off the coast of Orange County.
The town is easy to reach by taking a quick ferry from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana's Point. Thanks to its balmy climate, Avalon is pleasant to visit year-round.
Whether you're staying the weekend or a single night, Avalon offers several accommodations for visitors, such as the opulent, Amalfi-like Mt Ada and the beachfront Bellanca Hotel.
Even if you visit for just a day, the hotels offer fantastic restaurants, like The Naughty Fox. You can also visit one of the town's other restaurants, such as the Lobster Trap.
If you are feeling adventurous, Catalina is one of the most stunning snorkeling spots in the U.S. You could also take a Humvee tour to see the island's Bison herd.