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Old March 18th, 2011, 07:56 PM
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Has anyone been to Catalina Island off of Calif. I was reading about it awhile ago and it seems like an interesting place. Thinking about taking a 10 day cruise Out of San Fran.that stops there for a day.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 06:09 PM
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I have not been there since I was a child - but I do know it is a natural reserve with very few people actually living there. It is scenic and if you rent a car you can see most of it in a day.

I understand there is a small herd of bison living there.

I have a friend who once took his family to stay on the island for a week. He found a B&B. He said that within a few days every local knew who he was because NO ONE does that on Catalina. There is a daily ferry there, but I think there are only one or two restaurants (I could be wrong).

It is interesting just because it is an anomaly - the only inhabited ialand off the California coast.

I often wonder what it would be like if people had been allowed to settle there - it would prbably be packed with a million people, like the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 08:20 PM
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The article I read said there was like an eight year waiting list to have a car on the Island Since they only allow so many.It all so said that the sheriff of the town rides around in a golf cart. I thought that was funny Ill bet there are not very many high speed pursuits!I thought it would be fun to rent a couple bikes for the day and look around.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:30 PM
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You can see what you need to see in a golf cart. It's pretty nice, very clean, interesting houses. There are lot's of places to eat there. It is a fun port--you do tender.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 01:06 PM
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You can visit the Wrigley mansion and gardens. There is a glass bottom boat tour although all I remember seeing were gold Garabaldi fish. Also tours to watch the flying fish but they only run after dark I think. As I recall, there are quite a few restaurants.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 04:05 PM
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The golf cart rental is fun and is less expensive early in the day. The submarines and glass bottom boats are great fun too and the cactus garden is beautiful.
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