Welcome back to Day II of our Catalina Weekend Getaway! If you’ve missed Day I, you can catch up by clicking this link here!
Our Day II Catalina itinerary went as follows:
8:00 am Complimentary breakfast buffet at Avalon Grille. With our hotel, we got breakfast complimentary! The restaurant was across the street from our hotel which made it super convenient too! We got up early and sat down for breakfast right at 8 am. We were like the second couple there lol. After breakfast we walked along the boardwalk to Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. After getting some coffee (and hot chocolate for Joey) we walked over to the pier and just watched the boats floating in the water. It was still pretty early in the morning so after enjoying the views for about 30 minutes, we went back to the hotel and jumped into bed to watch a movie! It was really nice and relaxing just soaking in the morning and not rushing off to do anything. We had to check out at 11 am and our boat back to Newport didn’t leave till 4:00 pm, so we ended up leaving our luggage with the concierge (again) when we checked out so that we could continue touring the island!
11:00 am Hike up to Mt. Ada! Mt. Ada is a lookout point near the top of one of the islands various mountains. Once you’re at the top, you get this amazing view of the entire cove. The hike up took about 30 minutes to walk, but is also accessible via golf cart if you rent one! Anyone who visits Catalina Island should definitely make the trip up to Mt. Ada!
12:00 pm Walk down the mountain to Mi Casita Restaurant for lunch! We couldn’t resist getting the horchata one more time!
1:30 pm Head over to Brown’s Bikes for our complimentary bike rental. With our hotel, we were given 2 hours of bike rentals, complimentary. We picked up two bikes and rode up the coast away from the town about as far as you could go, it was about a half mile up before the island becomes gated. Joey wanted to drone over the water, so we stopped to take some shots with the drone and then we decided to ride down in the opposite direction to Descanso Beach Club!
With our hotel, we were also granted access to the beach club but because it was pretty cold out, we ended up just walking around to check it out and then leaving. At the beach club, if you’re there during warmer months, they have kayak rentals, float rentals, and cabana rentals to really enjoy the beach and water.
After touring the area, we rode up and down the neighborhood streets just to get a feel for what local living looked like. It was getting close to our 2 hour mark so we started to ride back to return the bikes.
3:00 pm Return bikes to rental shop and head out for some gelato! After having returned the bikes, we walked back to the boardwalk into a ice cream/gelato shop called Scoops! Joey and I each got a scoop of gelato and then went back to our hotel (which was right next door) to enjoy our gelato on the hotel patio overlooking the beach.
3:30 pm Time to head over to the docks to board our boat back to the mainland! We had to start heading over to the boat docks by 3:30 pm so after finishing our ice cream, we got our bags from the concierge and started the journey off the beautiful island.
Our weekend in Catalina was absolutely amazing and one neither of us will ever forget. I absolutely love that my husband planned this weekend completely on his own and gave me the absolute best surprise EVER.
We seriously cannot wait to go back, especially since the island has SO MUCH more to offer! There are tons of activities we didn’t get a chance to do but really want too! My next post is going to encompass the history of the Avalon Casino, so stay tuned!