Tips on Visiting Catalina Island with Kids?

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My family is heading to Catalina Island with our kids for a little getaway and I was hoping to get your tips on visiting Catalina Island with kids. Can you help me on the questions below?

The trip came about through an email I got about a special blogger contest a company called Catalina Island Vacation Rentals was running a couple months back. I thought, HOW FUN, so I entered and a couple weeks after I got another email that we had won!

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals rents nearly 200 privately owned condos and houses in Hamilton Cove and in Avalon; such a perfect set up for families.

We get to stay in a two bedroom condo with a community pool.  I love the idea of staying in a condo with all the amenities of home ~ most especially a kitchen and two separate bedrooms so we can put the kids down to bed and my husband and I can stay up later.

We are super excited for our trip. For anyone that has been recently, can you comment with any tips on the below?


Do you have any favorite kid-friendly restaurants in Catalina?

Any tips on things we should see/do with the kids?

How do you suggest we get around? Taxi? Rent a golf cart?

Anything in particular we should bring?

Thanks mamas for your advice! We are very excited!

[Disclosure: I won a two night stay and ferry transportation from Catalina Island Vacation Rentals. Photo credits above via Catalina Island Vacation Rentals website.]


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  1. 1
    Susanne says:

    El Galleon has karaoke, it can get a little rowdy because it’s also a bar but if you go early I bet the girls would love it!
    The island is so small you’ll probably just want to walk, or I’d double check- I think some units come with golf carts? Have SO much fun!

  2. 2
    Susanne says:

    Oh and there’s a mini golf course just behind the main street. Hard to miss.

  3. 3
    Kim says:

    You won’t need to rent anything to get around…it’s very tiny in. I’ve been to Avalon all during my childhood. We would rent kayaks, swim, bring sand toys for the beach, mini golf, rent bikes. There’s a cinema on the island and a new public ‘resort’ with beach rentals , chairs, restaurant and zip lining (made famous from The Bachelor…we loved it!) my family would sometimes go on the glass bottom boat, too.
    You must get ice cream from Olaf’s, and the mexicanfood restaurant right in front of the beach (forgot name) was very kid friendly and loud .

    Have fun! We hope to take our girls there this summer!

  4. 4
    jen says:

    Thank you for the tips! I have never been ziplining but want to try it! Also, can’t go wrong with a great Mexican food spot. We are so excited, thank you!

  5. 5
    Jenny says:

    I’ve been going there for years. Mini-golf and the glass bottom boat are must-do’s for kids. El Galleon has great food, but after 5 or 6, it may a little much for little kids. The Mexican place on the beach is called Catalina Cantina and the food is awesome. Our favorite trip is the Flying Fish tour. Antonios is fun and don’t be scared of Picnic Fry on the corner. Its good, clean and cheap. Its been there forever. For breakfast, the Pancake Cottage is great, too. Have a great trip!

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