Monday, November 08, 2010
Catalina Island If you are looking for an island getaway, but don’t have the time to travel to some remote faraway location, Catalina Island is located just 22-miles off the coast of Southern California, southwest of Los Angeles. Catalina is part of the eight Channel Islands archipelago, and is the only one of the eight islands with a significant civilian population. The island totals 76 square miles of beautiful waterfront and mountainous majesty with Mt. Orizaba being the highest elevation at 2,069 feet while Mount Black Jack is close behind at 2,006. The water between Catalina and the mainland runs nearly 3,000 feet deep, or more than 1/2 mile. The temperature of the water ranges from 64 to 73 degrees in the summer and 54 to 59 degrees in winter, rivaling many of the more expensive getaways outside the US. Read the full Catalina Island article.