Theme Week Los Angeles – Santa Catalina Island

Monday, 30 March 2015 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Greater Los Angeles Area, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks
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Catalina Casino and Avalon Bay © flickr.com - Justin Ennis/cc-by-2.0

Catalina Casino and Avalon Bay © flickr.com – Justin Ennis/cc-by-2.0

Santa Catalina Island is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) across at its greatest width. The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles. The highest point on the island is 2,097 feet (639 m) Mt. Orizaba. Santa Catalina is part of the Channel Islands of California archipelago and lies within Los Angeles County. The total population is at 4,100 people, 90 percent of whom live in the island’s only incorporated city, Avalon (named after Avalon from King Arthur). The second center of population is the unincorporated village of Two Harbors at the island’s isthmus. Development occurs also at the smaller settlements of Rancho Escondido and Middle Ranch. The remaining population is scattered over the island between the two population centers.

Catalina claimed it for the Spanish Empire. Over the years, territorial claims to the island transferred to Mexico and then to the United States. During this time, the island was sporadically used for smuggling, otter hunting, and gold-digging, before successfully being developed into a tourist destination by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. beginning in the 1920s. Wrigley invested millions in needed infrastructure and attractions to the island, including the construction of the Catalina Casino which opened on May 29, 1929. Wrigley also sought to bring publicity to the island through events and spectacles. Starting in 1921, the Chicago Cubs, also owned by Wrigley, used the island for the team’s spring training. Since the 1970s, most of the island has been administered by the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Little Harbor on the backside of Santa Catalina Island © D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-4.0 Two Harbors - Isthmus Cove on the left, Catalina Harbor on the right © Weedwhacker128/cc-by-sa-3.0 Avalon © Spartan7W/cc-by-sa-3.0 Santa Catalina Island, is owned and maintained by the Catalina Island Conservancy © D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-4.0 Santa Catalina Island Ferry connection © RosarioVanTulpe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Catalina Casino and Avalon Bay © flickr.com - Justin Ennis/cc-by-2.0
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Santa Catalina Island, is owned and maintained by the Catalina Island Conservancy © D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-4.0
Close to one million people travel to Catalina Island every year, though the total numbers in any given year varies depending on economic conditions. Glass bottom boats tour the reefs and shipwrecks of the area, and scuba diving and snorkeling are popular in the clear water. Lover’s Cove, to the east of town, and Descanso Beach, to the west of the Casino, are popular places to dive. The Avalon Underwater Dive Park was the first non-profit underwater park in the United States. The area is famous for the schools of flying fish and the bright orange Garibaldi which teem in local waters. Parasailing is also offered. Bus tours are given of the interior. While tourists rarely have an opportunity to surf, two beaches on the “backside” of Catalina offer good waves: Shark Harbor and Ben Weston Beach. There is also a place called Camp Emerald Bay on the north end of the island that offers summer camps for children and Boy Scouts. Two Harbors is the second, and much smaller, resort village on the island. Located at the isthmus of the island, north of Avalon, it is the primary landing spot for those who wish to tour the western half of the island. It is accessible by boat from San Pedro and by bus or boat from Avalon.

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