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Why September/October Is One of the Best Times to Visit Catalina Island

While many people think that the summer months are best to visit Catalina, the local secret is that this incredible island is excellent for seeing in the fall months. If you’re not convinced, keep reading to find out why September/October is one of the best times to visit Catalina Island.


The weather is at its absolute best on Catalina Island in the early spring and fall. While so many enjoy the hot summer weather, making it perfect for beachgoers, few realize that the summers often bring heavy overcast that can sit around until the late afternoon. In the fall, the overcast is minimal and tends to clear early if it is around at all.

Alternatively, the winter can make for colder weather which isn’t always ideal for those looking to get out onto the water and enjoy the many beaches Catalina Island offers. Also, storms that brew in the winter can make for a reasonably choppy ferry ride over to the island. So, if you’re at all worried about getting seasick, you’ll want to stick to the calmer months of the year.

Catalina Island Marathon

2021 marks the 44th anniversary of the Catalina Island Marathon, making it California’s oldest trail race. This year the event will take place on Saturday, October 9th, and is often referred to as the “bucket list” marathon for its incredible views.

The race starts in Two Harbors and finishes in Avalon. Along the course, runners can enjoy spectacular wildlife and vistas on an extreme course with challenging climbs.

Events that will take place this year during the Catalina Island Marathon include:

  • 44th Anniversary of the Catalina Island Marathon
  • Catalina Island 10K
  • Catalina Island 5K
  • Kids Run
  • Virtual Marathon Run
  • Virtual 10K Run
  • Virtual 5K Run

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

In talking about traditions, it’s worth noting that this October will also mark the 34th anniversary of the Catalina Island jazz festival. The 2021 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival is the longest-running smooth jazz festival in the world.

This year, the JazzTrax Festival will take place over two consecutive weekends in October:

  • October 14-17
  • October 21-24

Each weekend included in the JazzTrax Festival kicks off with Thursdays Unplugged Under the Stars in the outdoor area at Descanso Beach Club. The festival will continue that Friday through Sunday inside the 1929 Casino Ballroom.

Make Memories at Hotel Catalina

So, if you’re looking to head to Catalina Island this September or October to enjoy the Catalina Island Marathon, the JazzTrax Festival, or to just enjoy the island in all of its glory, Hotel Catalina is the ideal accommodation. 

Conveniently located a few doors down from Avalon Bay, Hotel Catalina offers all the charm and hospitality of the island’s yesteryear, but with all the modern amenities and conveniences that families love today.

Join us at Hotel Catalina for your next family vacation, where we understand that life is meant for good friends and great adventures.

Book directly with us to ensure you get the best rates available. Visit our website for more information. If you’re ready to book, visit our online reservation system or give us a call at 310-510-0027.

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