Friday, 13 September 2013
Catalina Island [part 2]
Avalon, in Catalina, is teeny tiny. You can walk from one end of (the only) high street to the other end in five minutes. The residents of the island mostly live up in the hills and everyone drives golf buggy's instead of cars, which I found pretty awesome.
There's not a whole lot to do there. There are a few small beaches, but nothing compared to the ones in Los Angeles, you can explore the island in a golf cart, you can go kayaking or paddle boarding, you can go snorkelling... and you can eat. We spent most of our time exploring and eating. They have amazing ice cream there!
It's the kind of place I'd love to go back to with a partner. At night, when the sky darkens and all the little shop fronts are covered in fairy lights it is so romantic. You could walk around, have dinner under the stars while listening to the ocean.
The views in Avalon are astounding, on our last day there Orlaith had an afternoon nap in her pram, so I walked to a deserted bench overlooking the sea, and I lay down on it and watched the ocean for at least an hour. I felt the sun beating down, I could see, smell and hear the ocean all at the same time. I was trying to savour that moment. It was such a nice moment, so peaceful and so perfect.
I'm sure I'll go back one day, and when I do I'll definitely stay at La Paloma Las Flores again. It's such a hidden gem, and by far my favourite hotel. And I can report that I kicked my driving fears up the backside and drove the freeway home from San Pedro, which turned out to be a piece of cake!