Catalina Island offers the perfect island oasis for newlyweds. Known as the “Island of Romance,” couples will find luxurious accommodations, stunning ocean views, sun-soaked beaches, and a variety of activities available to celebrate their marriage.
A little about the island
Catalina Island sits just 23 miles off the coast of southern California. With 50 miles of coastline, couples can find everything from popular beaches to isolated coves along the ocean’s edge.
The island is about 22-miles long, with its main town, Avalon, to the east and a more rustic town, Two Harbors, to the west. Avalon is home to a vibrant beach community with a Mediterranean vibe and five-star accommodations for tourists and honeymooners alike.
Getting to Catalina Island
Most honeymooners arrive by ferry. Four cities in California, San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Dana Point, all offer a one-hour ferry ride to Catalina. Visitors can also arrive via private boat or helicopter. There isn’t a commercial airport on the island. Check out the map!
Accommodations for Honeymooners
Catalina Island has accommodations to fit every budget and taste. From a quaint bed and breakfast to a beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the island can cater to every couple.
Most of the lodging options are in Avalon, which is the busier side of the island. Two Harbors has a few options, but it’s a much quieter town. Some of the most popular choices in Avalon include:
Centrally located in the heart of Avalon is the luxurious Hotel Metropole. With stunning oceanfront suites, complete with a fireplace, jacuzzi bath, and a balcony overlooking the harbor, the lavish amenities make this hotel a hot spot for honeymooners.
The Beach House
For honeymooners looking for an elevated experience, The Beach House is a lavish choice. This two-bed, two-bath home with panoramic ocean and mountain views offers an exquisite treat for newlyweds.
Activities fit for Catalina Island honeymooners
Honeymooners have their choice of activities. From action-packed day trips to more leisurely excursions, here are some things to do on the island:
Indulge in a spa day
Let all of your cares wash away during a luxurious couple’s massage. Enjoy a full-body Swedish massage paired with reflexology and a peppermint scalp massage at one of Avalon’s prestigious day spas like A Touch of Heaven Day Spa tucked inside the Metropole Market Place.
See a movie in a legendary theatre
Plan a movie night at Avalon Theatre. Enjoy a unique viewing experience inside a historic theatre with hand-painted murals, a 43-foot high dome ceiling, and one of few existing pipe organs in the country.
Movies run every night at 6:30p.m. If you’re there on the weekend, go an hour before the movie starts to hear tunes played on the pipe organ.
For those looking for adventure, there’s nothing like gliding 600-feet above Descanso Canyon. Sail over Eucalyptus trees, zip past island vegetation, and learn about the natural beauty of Catalina from experienced guides.
Couples should book their Zip Line Eco Tour early as it’s the most sold-out tour on the island.
Get an astronomy lesson
Couples are whisked away to the top of Buena Vista Point to take in the night sky as part of the Astronomy Experience. With pristine views of the stars, Astronomer Katherine Hill Carlisle provides an unforgettable astronomy lesson, complete with a high-powered telescope.
Catalina offers world-renowned fishing spots. Drop a line and snag Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Tuna, Marlin – you name it, you can catch it. There are several charters on the island including Afishinados and Memory Making Fishing Charters.
Catalina Island is the ultimate honeymoon destination. With great scenery, first-class lodging, and activities galore, couples that honeymoon on the island often return year after year.