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Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Catalina Island

The local secret is that Catalina Island is excellent for seeing in the fall months, while many people think the summer months are the best time to visit. If you’re not convinced, keep reading to find out why fall is the perfect time to visit Catalina Island.

Unbeatable Weather

The weather is at its absolute best on Catalina Island in the early spring and fall. Few realize that the summers often bring heavy overcast that can sit around until the late afternoon, making it less ideal for beachgoers. In the fall, however, the overcast is minimal and tends to clear early if it is around at all.

Great Island-Wide Activities

In addition to the unbeatable weather on the island in the fall, there are great island-wide activities that occur during this time. Enjoy the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival and the Catalina Island Marathon during the fall.

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

This October will mark the 34th anniversary of the Catalina Island jazz festival, 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.

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

Make Memories at Hotel Catalina

So, suppose you’re looking to head to Catalina Island this fall to enjoy the Catalina Island Marathon, the JazzTrax Festival, or just to enjoy the island in all of its glory. In that case, 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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