as i mentioned yesterday, i convinced my husband to take me to catalina this past weekend. he had never been and i couldn’t wait to show him around the island. i swore i was going to dress up more this time around but somehow only ended up dressing up once (again)! we didn’t make any plans in advance except for zip lining so the rest of the time was spent exploring the island in our golf cart, eating good food and relaxing. over the years, i had been told by many people that you can see all there is to see on catalina in a few hours. they don’t know what they are missing. or maybe i have just been in good company both times. =)

we knew the weather was going to be a little gloomy and much cooler than the last time i had visited but we got lucky and had one gorgeous day. which also happened to be the day we went zip lining. i knew i was going to be putting on that stinky ol’ helmet so i pretty much just threw my hair up and we headed out the door first thing in the morning to check out the island. not quite sure what i am doing in this pic but i do know that i was really excited to take a pic under this random rock wall in the middle of nowhere.

and then we came across this tree swing that is high up on a hill cliff above the ocean. it was such a beautiful view.

my husband and i right before the first zip line. it was his first time, my second. and you guys, i am addicted! which is shocking because i am normally extremely afraid of heights.

a view of the famous catalina casino & avalon harbor. when i went with my mom & brother, we were a little disappointed that it wasn’t an actual casino (it’s a theater, ballroom and museum). but then we came across pedro’s bar where i had the best margarita i have ever had in my entire life. so it totally made up for the casino….lol. i went from never having been to catalina to now having spent a full week (combined) on the island. i used to want to retire in palm springs. i’ve changed my mind. now i want to spend half of the year in palm springs, and the other half in catalina.

***if you are planning a trip to catalina, i HIGHLY recommend staying in hamilton cove (although i recommend renting through CIVR if possible). each unit comes with a golf cart which is the only other way to get around the island unless you walk or take a taxi. otherwise they are about $40/hr to rent. my two favorite places to eat are steve’s steakhouse and the lobster trap. and of course, zip lining is a MUST. =) feel free to email me if you have any questions. this is not a paid/sponsored post. i just fell in love with catalina and had to share.