Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Catalina Island

A few years ago, the fiance and I decided to spend our Spring vacation camping on Catalina Island.
I was a starving college student,
and he had limited vacation time, 
so Catalina seemed like the perfect compromise.

Santa Catalina Island is just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.
On rare, smog-free days, you can even see the island from the coast.

Most people, when visiting this Island, stay in Avalon-
a tourist hot spot full of shops and restaurants.

Since we were on a budget,
we decided to travel to a different part of the island and camp for a couple nights.
Freeze dried food is better anyway.

The fiance and I spent our time exploring the island,
reading in the sun, 
(the fiance) swimming in the freezing waters,
and (me) almost walking into a rattle snake- literally.
















Overall, Catalina is a beautiful little island right on LA's doorstep.
While it may not compare in tropical wonder to someplace like the Caribbean,
it was a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the real world.

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36 comments:

Alex said...

wow, it's absolutely gorgeous!! Sure, the Caribbean is beautiful, but I have a huge soft spot for the California coast and its islands.

Jenna said...

I LOVE Catalina - it's one of my most favorite places ever and somewhere I really want to take Jurgen to sometime. I got scuba certified there :)

Your pictures are stunning! They definitely do the island justice!

xxx
Jenna

Kelly said...

OH wow, just gorgeous!! I love how you have the mountains/hills for hiking and then the beach and ocean RIGHT there! Amazing.

Elisabeth said...

beautiful shots! wow - i might just have to go :)

Autumn Ingram said...

The pictures are beautiful! Sounds like it was a great trip. I think camping would be more fun than staying in a hotel, any day:)
Autumn,
http://missesinthemaking.blogspot.com

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Wow!! Gorgeous pictures!! I think I'm going to add Catalina Island to our vacation list!

Courtney B said...

It looks soooooo pretty there! I think it sounds so fun to go camping there! I'm going to have to talk to the hubs about doing this sometime soon.

Stephanie said...

This is one of the places I've always wanted to go!

Beccah Nelson said...

You and your man are too cute! Vacationing together is one of the best things you can do! At least in my opinion. Your trip looks so fun, and like everyone else has said... your pics are gorgeous!

Lydia said...

Catalina looks beautiful. I'll be spending 10 days in LA at the end of this month, hoping to visit Catalina for sure. x

Ben & Cassie said...

It looks so beautiful there, and how fun that you camped! My husband and I have been looking for somewhere not to far away to go for our 2 year anniversary and this place looks so fun!

Mama and her boys said...

Its so gorgeous there. My husband and I both love it there, although we have not been there together yet.

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like you and your fiancé had a fabulous time!
A few years ago my family took a sailing trip to Catalina; it's one of my favorite family memories because it was so much fun and so beautiful!

Alyx said...

Wow, it's definitely beautiful!!

The Adventurer said...

Um, excuse me, is that even real life?! So seriously jealous of this trip. It looked like, oh, only the best thing ever :)

xo - Michelle
On The Adventure

Casey said...

I love Catalina- such beautiful pictures!! Did you go to the ballroom? It's absolutely gorgeous. And oh geez- rattle snakes give me the creeps!!! Love those spring vacations!

Also- I tagged you in a post this morning :)!!

Corey @ Learning Patience said...

It looks just as pretty (if not prettier) than my side of the Caribbean - so beautiful to have that so close... xoxo from Trinidad

alex butts said...

whoa! do I live under a rock? how have i never heard of this place, amazing!

debbiecutieface.com said...

I've heard Catalina is amazing - certainly looks it.

Krystal said...

oh my goodness these pictures are beautiful!! I was born in Cali and debating moving back there when I graduate in a few months.. you may have just made my decision for me!

Leah said...

I love your pictures, they're great!! I can't believe I still haven't been to Catalina, I definitely want to make it happen this summer! I'd love to camp in a remote place like you did, so pretty!

Ana F. said...

Beautiful pictures!!!

psychelyn said...

Hi, thanks for leaving comments in my blog for it has led me to your wonderful blog. It's my pleasure to read blogs of people who also love travelling.

These are very beautiful pictures. I fell in love with the place. I've seen many beautiful places and I still wish to see more like this one for example. :) I'm following you now.

marie said...

Wow, those photos are stunning! You are such a good sport, I can't stand camping, my husband will take the kids and go with friends for a night, I am such a baby.

Christi Lynn said...

i WILL do this one day! I lived in newport for 15 years and i have never been! pathetic. looks beautiful

Laura said...

Cute blog! Wow those pictures are awesome, what a fun trip you and your fiance went on! Your blogger meet up looked like fun too, how fun to meet up in real life!!

julie @ the semi-reformed nerd said...

Dude, that's gorgeous! I never realized Catalina was near LA... definitely going to have to put it on my list of places to visit. :)

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

I have always wanted to take a trip over there. Looks like it is a beautiful place. However, the water is way too cold for me:)
*Erin

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

You guys do the coolest stuff! Can I hang out with you please?? lol These pics are gorgeous. I like the one looking over your shoulder. That's frame worthy.

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