The Beautiful Catalina Island Beaches
Catalina Island has a lot of nice features, but when you come to an island, you better believe the beach is the number one attraction! The Catalina Island beaches are breathtaking! Here the water is blue and the skies are sunny, always culminating with calm, Mediterranean temperatures and a beautiful sunset. There are actually a few beaches in the Catalina Island area. For starters, let’s discuss the Avalon area.
The city of Avalon is only one square mile in size, but it still boasts the finest beaches in all of California—and arguably all of the Pacific. The surf is generally calm around Avalon, because it is on the protected side of the island. These Catalina Island beaches are sandy and deep, perhaps a steeper drop off than normal. South Beach, Middle Beach and Step Beach are found in the area. South Beach is a small area with a retaining wall and steps. Whenever the tide comes in the beach is known for its surges. In fact, the current is strong enough to discourage children from swimming in it. However, it is an ideal place for fishing and snorkeling.
Relax and unwind on the spectacular Catalina Island beaches
Step Beach is found north of the Green Pleasure Pier. It is even smaller than Middle and South Beach and has a deep drop off into the ocean. Weston beach is best accessed by boat. Why? This beach requires a 14-mile hike from Avalon. Once you get there, the beach is well worth the effort, as it is possibly the most beautiful of all Catalina Island beaches.
Lastly, there is the Descanso Beach. This is the most popular Catalina Island beach site in the area, and is the only beach that accesses a seaside bar and restaurant. The Descanso Beach Club has a romantic atmosphere ideal for weddings and get-togethers.
Come enjoy yourself on the beach! You can even camp out and sleep an entire night in this year-round summer climate!