Avalon is the main (and arguably only) town in Santa Catalina island. We had heard great things of it, and wanted to have spent New Year’s there. But weather forced us to push it forward. Last week, we came back to Santa Catalina Island, and this time made it straight to Avalon, which lived up to our expectations in style !
Since leaving Seattle, we had Avalon as a key point of interest on our trip South.
When we arrived to Santa Catalina last December, our plan was to make a quick stop in Catalina Harbor, and then move to Avalon for New Year’s.
But after the nasty passage we had had from Santa Cruz, we were very alert to the weather. And in doing so, we were aware of the possibility of strong NE winds for the last week of the year. Despite our strong desire to spend the New Year’s night moored off Avalon, we decided to play it safe and ended up staying in Cat Harbor, for we believed it would provide much better shelter from the forecast wind and seas direction than Avalon.
The weather did change for worse, and the night of December 30th wind swept across Catalina Harbor, probably at around 40 knots. As strong as it was though, we were well protected from the seas, and all we had was an uncomfortable night. Unfortunately, conditions were much worse in Avalon, as wind and seas wreaked havoc in there.
After spending nearly two weeks at mainland, in Alamitos Bay, we returned to Santa Catalina, and this time the forecast warranted us a safe stay in Avalon.
Over the four days spent there, we enjoyed the harbor from Pesto, from under water, and from above the hills, strolled around the tiny town, tasted some of its eateries, watched a movie in the famous Catalina Casino theater, saw two weddings on the beach, and even paid a quick unplanned visit to the medical center – as the pictures below will attest:
And like this, our days there flew by.
Our next stop – Catalina Harbor. Again. This is the first time we return to a place along this journey since leaving Seattle. I believe this tells how much we liked the place.
More to be reported soon.
Have a great weekend !