La Quinta locals know that their city has tons of things to do and see. However, sometimes you’ve got to get out of the desert for a weekend and experience the beach life that SoCal is so famous for. There are hundreds of award-winning Southern California beaches for you to choose from, but if you’re looking for a getaway that can keep up with you and your lifestyle, Santa Catalina Island is here to deliver.
Sand, Surf, and Sun
Catalina Island is famous for its beautiful crystal-clear waters, so start off your getaway by sampling some of its aquatic offerings. Get an up-close look at the residents of the island’s waters with scuba and snorkeling tours, or hit the waves with kayaking and sailing tours – the multi-day kayaking tour of the island is an unforgettable way to truly experience everything the island’s waters have to offer. And Catalina doesn’t just specialize in guided wildlife tours – it invented the most popular way to experience undersea life, the glass bottom boat tour. If you’ve got an itch to fish in the clear ocean waters, charter a fishing tour and see if you can land a marlin to brag about on the way home.
Hiking, Biking, and More
Catalina Island has a lot to measure up to when it comes to entertaining La Quinta hikers and bikers, and luckily, its trails have plenty to offer at any level of experience. Whether you’re a seasoned pro at hitting the trails or a newbie just looking to marvel at the island scenery, there’s a trail that can cater to you. Guided walking tours are available for those looking to learn about the island’s rich history – though if you’re more the solo type, GPS rentals are available for self-guided tours. Guided wildlife tours are available for anyone passionate about experiencing the true beauty of Catalina’s environment. If you want to really go where few have gone before, pick up a permit and pedal your way into the island’s interior to marvel at the untamed beauty of Catalina’s tropical paradise.
Wining and Dining on the Beach
No island getaway is complete without a great lineup of restaurants and eateries to keep you fueled and going strong. Luckily, Catalina Island is poised to deliver with an array of excellent spots to grab a bite to eat; whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich between golf rounds, a full-course dinner at an elegant eatery, or even a food tour that takes you around the island to sample everything it has to offer, letting you learn about the island’s rich history while you nosh. It’s a must-see (or rather, a must-taste) for any La Quinta foodie, and will let you explore Catalina Island with all your senses while supporting local businesses.
La Quinta’s desert beauty can’t be beat, but Catalina Island’s surf and sun is no slouch in its runner-up spot. With this much fun and excitement waiting for you and your loved ones, you owe it to yourself to check in to the Island and check out all it has to offer.