Posts Tagged ‘Catalina Island’
Flight to Catalina Is a Great Way to Begin a Private Catalina Tour
Avalon Bay is like a welcoming jewel as our twin-jet helicopter streaks across the 23-mile wide channel separating Santa Catalina Island from Los Angeles. The tiny bay is nestled in the arms of steep hillsides, some rising to almost 2,100 feet, mountains really, but Avalon faces the mainland so the waters are generally calm. The island feels almost like a protective barrier keeping the wild Pacific Ocean from harming the great metropolis to the east. We have many ways to enjoy a visit to this, the largest of the eight Channel Islands which rise from the sea from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Besides the beautiful flight and arrival at our helipad near the water, we can board a golf cart and sightsee throughout the town. A special place to visit is the old Avalon Casino, the largest structure on the island. Now a museum and community auditorium there are often special programs and films available for our private Los Angeles tour guests. Art and film festivals are organized throughout the year. The city offers quaint lodging, fine restaurants and shopping. Our favorite island artist, Porschia Rene Denning, has recently opened a new art gallery, Rain Dance Art. We enjoy showing off Porschia’s murals as we amble around town. For our more adventurous guests wishing some physical outlet during this custom luxury tour of Catalina, there is hiking, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Oh, and for those who really want to get their adrenaline pumping there is a five level zipline with an ecology theme and incredible views of the island and sea. Herd of buffalo? Why yes, in fact, we can visit the island buffalo, too.
Looking for a Great Oscar Party? How About Catalina Island?
We anticipate that many of our private Los Angeles tour guests will not be on the Oscar guest list at the Dolby Theatre this year. We are offering them ideas as to the best places to watch the Academy Awards that will make their visit to Los Angeles extra special. One of our suggestions is the An Evening with Oscar Gala being hosted by the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. This black tie optional event will take place in the Avalon Casino Ballroom, 25 miles offshore from Los Angeles. Food, dancing and silent auctions to raise money for a good cause will make for an enchanting evening as the world celebrates Hollywood and the movies.
Private Los Angeles Tour Enjoys a Typical Clear Hollywood Day
It is a dry heat they say but it really does provide our private luxury tour guests with the opportunity to enjoy lovely clear days throughout the year despite the city’s proximity to a cold Pacific Ocean. Maybe it is the recession and sequester and partial government shutdown, maybe it’s climate change and maybe it’s just cleaner fuels and cleaner fuel burning engines, the result is many many more crystal clear days throughout the year. No smog, less fog – as soon as the daytime temperatures decline we can see forever. And it is beautiful. Our guide sent us this photo the other day of Catalina Island, rising from the Pacific Ocean off the Los Angeles coast and south of the Hollywood Sign (about 35 miles as the sea gull flies) where this photograph was taken. That’s the Lake Hollywood Dam in the foreground sitting just below the Hollywood Sign.