Catalina Island welcomes vacationers again
Love Catalina, Catalina Island’s official tourism authority, just announced that the scenic island off the southern California coast is once again welcoming leisure travelers, with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place.
The state has lifted its stay-at-home orders, allowing tourist activities and hotel and rental accommodation to resume their activities. Los Angeles County recently updated its public health orders to allow the reopening of additional categories of businesses. Hotels and vacation rentals are now accepting reservations, while campgrounds are expected to fully reopen on February 12.
In fashion now
Local businesses, retail stores, and recreational activities are now open to the in-person experience, and restaurants currently offer alfresco dining, some of them with tables set right on the beach. All facilities on Catalina Island adhere to social distancing and face coverage guidelines under county-wide health ordinances.
The Catalina Express ferry has resumed daily passenger service from Long Beach to Avalon; weekend service from San Pedro to Two Harbors and Avalon; and weekend service from Dana Point in Orange County to Avalon. The Catalina Flyer ferry is scheduled to resume service on February 26 from Newport Beach. Alternatively, travelers can book helicopter service, available seven days a week from several locations in Southern California.
“The health and well-being of our residents and all visitors is the top priority at this time, and businesses on the island have done an incredible job of implementing proper safety protocols,” Jim said. Luttjohann, president and CEO of Love Catalina, in a statement. “The ability to safely accommodate leisure travelers and resume overnight accommodations, outdoor tours, activities, restaurants and more, is not only a promising sign for the future of travel, but will also be a vital lifeline in saving so many businesses and jobs on our small island which depends on tourism. Being open for President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Spring Break is wonderful.
Due to the need for social distancing and smaller groups, many activities require customers to make reservations in advance. Potential visitors are also encouraged to contact businesses, attractions, and service providers directly to check their status and availability before booking. While many of the island’s businesses, parks, harbors and beaches are now open, some currently only have limited service.
A collection of real-time updates from Catalina’s transportation providers, services and businesses, including closures and hours of operation, is available at Love Catalina’s’What is open‘ Web page.
For more information visit lovecatalina.com.