Catalina Island, California
Just 22-miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina is easily accessible via an hour-long ferry ride, which has up to 30 departures daily. Here, silent hikes and secluded beaches are part of the lure, especially in the off-season (November to March). Beyond Avalon, the island’s main hub, an outdoor paradise awaits with more than 165 miles of trails and unpaved roads, and remote campgrounds with sweeping ocean views. Kayak or paddleboard into isolated coves and sea caves along Catalina’s 52 miles of coastline, or snorkel alongside schooling blacksmith and colorful Garibaldi fish. The seaside village of Two Harbors, located on the west side of the narrow Isthmus Cove, offers a quiet reprieve and lodging, while Catalina’s Little Harbor Beach, with its soft sands and calm waters, provides a perfect place for unwinding.