Thirsty Souls

Thirsty Souls: Catalina Island

This week we're thirsty for a weekend in the wild. Destination: Catalina Island.

1. Camping and Hiking

Nature lovers are drawn to Catalina's pristine beauty, which includes 62 miles of undeveloped beaches.  The vast majority of the island (88%) is protected by a conservancy, but that doesn't mean it's off limits. The organization encourages public access, believing that exploration and recreation foster support for the conservation mission. So, sleep under the stars or bunk with your bestie in a tent cabin; campers are welcome on Catalina Island.

Hikers can also get their fix. Traverse the Trans-Catalina Trail (37.2 miles) if you want to take in the whole island, or choose a more leisurely path like Goat Whiskers Trail (1.2 miles) for panoramic views of the San Pedro Channel and Cherry Cove.

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2. Boating

Feeling the pull of the Pacific? Spend the day on the water, and then retire to one of the island's 17 secluded campsites that can only be reached by boat. 

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3. Bison

These iconic creatures were brought to the island for a film-shoot in 1924 and have enjoyed the California lifestyle ever since.  Who could find a reason to leave?

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4. Water Activities

Kayaking, parasailing, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving are just a few of the ways you can tap into your adventurous side while touring Catalina.  Grab your suit and gear and meet us at the water's edge. (Last one in's a rotten egg.)

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5. Cliff Jumping

Don't think of it as leap of faith. Close your eyes and count to three. You've got this.

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6. Relax

Sometimes we're at our best when we're doing nothing at all. Catalina is the perfect place to settle back and soak in the sun. 

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We're proud to be based in Southern California, surrounded by little paradises like Catalina Island. Insider tip: Take the Catalina Express to the island for free on your birthday and celebrate with a Cactus Water cocktail

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Have you visited Catalina Island? Send us your snaps by using #thirstysouls on social media.