Only in the last few years have I even begun to learn the art of slowing down. You know how it is. In our society, people are always on the go. We’re in a hurry to eat, purchase our necessary (and not so necessary) items, and just plain get on our way. Slowing down can be a hard skill to master. But if you’re looking for a place to start the process of learning, you’d do well to cruise to Catalina Island.
Located on Channel Islands archipelago, Saint Catalina Island is one of the four Southern Channel Islands in a string of eight that make up archipelago. Whether you’re looking for wild or mild, Catalina (named after Saint Catherine by Spanish explorer Sebastian Viscaino in 1602) can deliver. The island is rich in history, sparse on motor vehicles and heavy on the speed of slow.
On Catalina Island, just about everything is within walking distance. If you’re not a fan of that mode of transportation, you can rent a golf cart (or own one if you get the whim to move there), hail a taxi or catch a ride on one of the hotel shuttles. Just don’t get to the island and expect to pick up a rental car. There are limits to the number of vehicles allowed on the island and currently there is a waitlist.
Situated on this small island, visitors will find a plethora of things to do. From zip lining to fine dining to hiking the trails where buffalo roam, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a little bit of wild and a whole lot of mild island doings as well. Shopping, beach combing, and enjoying the ocean view just to name a few things.
Catalina is a place where family roots run as deep as the ocean floor with generations going back for years. The people welcome tourists and have an inviting attitude to those who are just passing through to explore the rich beauty of the island.
If you’re looking for a way to unwind or need to make the conscious effort to begin learning how to slow down and enjoy life a little more, take the trip to Catalina. Experience what so many have already discovered.