This weekend I had a fun fit adventure when I arrived on Catalina Island. I wanted a little get away, without packing on the usual vacation pounds. So I made sure to incorporate some fun activities where I could break a sweat, and Catalina Island was the perfect place to do so. With a list of tons of activities to do, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.
Catalina Island is an island off of the coast of California in the gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is only 22 miles long, and 8 miles across at its greatist width. The highest point on the only is 2,097 feet high at the top of Mt. Orizaba, and it is only a hour ferry ride from Long Beach.
Catalina had various choices for land and sea activities. I always wanted to go ziplining and rock climbing, and luckily for me Eco Tours provided both. The only zip lining courses in the LA County area, Catalina zip lining included five separate ziplines 600 feet above sea level, running over 1,100 feet long at speeds of 46 mph, and a cool outdoor rock climbing wall, with a birds eye-view at the top of Descanso beach.
You can climb your way to fit with rock climbing and burn anywhere from 500 – 900 calories per hour. It’s a great upper body workout without having to pick up a dumbbell. Even with the zip lining, although majority of the two hour adventure your are soaring thru the sky, you will have to climb the stairs at the 5 different eco stations between the ziplines. This zip lining and rock climbing adventure has definitely changed how visitors see the island.
Check out this cool Zip lining video I took with my gopro and experience the ziplininig adventure for yourself;
I woke up the following day with sore fore-arms from climbing, I made sure to jump in the hot tub at the hotels jacuzzi to help break up the lactid acid. I then wanted to see what the island looked like on foot. It was perfect weather for my morning run, not
too hot and not too cold. I headed north towards Lovers Cove, and ran alongside the sea shore. I was able to witness the boats sailing, birds flying, and a couple sea lions poking out from the water. Running thru the island, other runners greeted me and when I was heading back in to town I could smell the fresh smell of grits cooking from Patty’s Pancakes, a great breakfast spot on the main road.
Another option to get a good workout in, with additional great views, is Hiking. I opted for riding a golf cart for a faster trip around the island. You can also rent beach cruisers if you want to put in some physical work to get around the island. When I return, I will make it a point to try some water activities like snorkeling and kayaking.
Staying active during the day made me feel less guitly when I wanted to indulge in drinks and food at night. Although the town shuts down early around 10PM , there are a few great places to eat with live music that are on the water. Blue Water Grill was a perfect place to on the water and delicious options for sea food.
Honestly the best view had to be from the balcony from my hotel room. I roomed at the Mandolian hotel, which is the closest hotel you can get to being on the water. It also has an indoor fireplace, jacuzzi bath, and is in walking distance of .
Catalina offers free ferry rides to the island on your birthday, and lots of discounts when you get there. This makes Catalina the perfect birthday gift to yourself or someone else. All you need is proof of your date of birth by showing your id.
View more pics of my active escape to Catalina Island;
To learn more about visiting Catalina Island and zip lining thru the island click here