Avalon is a peaceful harbour village to the south of California, with a wonderful Mediterranean climate and a wealth of charming shops to explore. It also acts as your gateway to Santa Catalina Island, which combines beautiful scenery with a touch of glamour left over from a Hollywood surge. Since 1975 the island is held as a conservation trust, meaning the rich and varied wildlife, including dolphins, garibaldi fish, sea lions and more are protected. There’s even buffalo that were originally imported for a movie in the 1920s that have now made the island their home.
Once you’ve toured the gorgeous scenery of the island, and wandered through the tranquil streets of Avalon, consider living a taste of the glam life with a visit to the classic Catalina Casino. It’s a monument to the bygone era of the early 20th century, with gorgeous artwork and a vintage pipe organ, along with a world-renowned ballroom. And no visit to Catalina Island is complete without taking in the Botanical Gardens, which showcase plants from all over the world along with a monument to William Wrigley Jr, the inventor of chewing gum who originally funded the island’s development.
The US Dollar is the official currency of Avalon. Avalon is 7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -7).
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