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Old 02-26-2010, 06:54 AM   #1
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Catalina/Long Beach

I'm interested to go to Catalina and have reserved 2 nights accommodation in Long Beach area (early flight out on the last day prevents me being able to book in accommodation at Catalina for the duration).

I'll have a full day in Catalina and will take the Catalina Express out from Long Beach. I'd like to see the island and we are outdoorsey people. Any ideas about tours, walks or kayaks on Catalina?

Also - any recommendations for restaurants?

I also reseached Long Beach and was interested to find out that there is a Gondola tour. Is this worth doing?

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You can see a lot of Catalina in a day! We always do everything when we get there. This is/was a tour on a little train/tram that gives a lot of history and a good tour of the area.

There are glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling, kayaking etc.
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Thanks. Sounds like I'll be able to do the same and decide when I get there. I like the idea of kayaking....
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I can't help you out much with Catalina, but I can tell you a lot about Long Beach, haven't done the Gondola tour. It's been around for a while, but I think there are probably some better things you can do. I can certainly reccomend restaurants, what kind of food do you like? or want to try? Do you want ocean views or cool local hang outs? Where are you staying in LB?
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I'm interested to go to Catalina and have reserved 2 nights accommodation in Long Beach area (early flight out on the last day prevents me being able to book in accommodation at Catalina for the duration).

I'll have a full day in Catalina and will take the Catalina Express out from Long Beach. I'd like to see the island and we are outdoorsey people. Any ideas about tours, walks or kayaks on Catalina?

Also - any recommendations for restaurants?

I also reseached Long Beach and was interested to find out that there is a Gondola tour. Is this worth doing?

Thanks.
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Hee hee! Good thinking! I just happened to catch this thread this very moment and saw that it had been here for almost a month! Where have I been? You know I saw the word "Catalina" and that snapped me to attention!

Okey dokey...first of all, are you going to take the earliest boat out of Long Beach to the Island and the latest boat back to Long Beach? If you do both of those things, you will get the most out of your day. One time my friends and I did a day trip to Avalon, taking both the earliest boat to the Island and the latest boat back, and we managed to rent a golf cart for 3 hours, then we did 4 tours (the Casino tour, the Semi-Submersible, the Flying Fish Tour and I think the Cruise to Seal Rock as well). We also shopped and ate snacks and dinner.

If you take the latest boat back to Long Beach at night, and if you are making this trip in May - September, you will be able to do the Flying Fish tour, which only runs at night! That is a "must do." I would highly recommend that. Great fun. I also like the Semi-Submersible tour (better than the glass bottom boat by far, and we saw a shark!) and the Seal Rock tour is pretty cool.

I suggest that, if you take the first boat out in the morning, you grab some breakfast on the island at The Cottage - (used to be called the Pancake Cottage). Then, I highly recommend renting a golf cart early in the morning and getting the 3 hours for the price of 2 hours deal. That is kind of the quintessential Catalina experience, and you will get to see the town of Avalon as well as go up in the hills, to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens and to the pet cemetery (a few photos of that are in my Trip Report, I think) and view panoramic vistas.

Now there are also bus tours that can take you into the Island and over to the other side - to Two Harbors. You see buffalo on those tours - sometimes they get pretty close to the bus. Those bus tours eat up a chunk of time, however, so if you do them you won't be able to do much else.

Have you ordered the free Catalina Visitors Guide for 2010? You can get it online. That will give you info on nature walks, hiking tours, snorkeling (you get to see some cool bright orange Garibaldi fish) jeep tours, kayak rentals, boat rentals, etc. You can parasail, too - everything outdoorsy is there. In fact, they are just now adding in a zipline attraction which I think will be very popular!

Restaurant-wise, there are many choices. I personally like Antonio's Cabaret right on the waterfront. Lots of things on the menu. Good food. If you are a seafood lover, right next to Antonio's is a place called Armstrong's, and they supposedly have the best seafood (I hate fish, but my friends told me it is great food). There is also a steak restaurant (forget the name). There are a lot of good places to eat - and everything is super casual. Since it is a beachy town, everyone goes everywhere in shorts and t-shirts.
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Then, I highly recommend renting a golf cart early in the morning and getting the 3 hours for te price of 2 hours deal. That is kind of the quintessential Catalina experience, and you will get to see the town of Avalon as well as go up in the hills, to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens and to the pet cemetery (a few photos of that are in my Trip Report, I think) and view panoramic vistas.
I can second the golf cart tour, we did that back in 2000 when we went there and it was great fun.

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right next to Antonio's is a place called Armstrong's, and they supposedly have the best seafood (I hate fish, but my friends told me it is great food).
I think that's one of the places we ate, I love seafood and it was pretty good right on the waterfront.
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Thanks, both of you!!!

Sherry - I've been wondering where you were....

We're staying at the Residence Inn, Long Beach. The one near the marina area. We have a 9 year old boy with us - and the aquarium doesn't interest us only because we are members of the Melbourne aquarium and go very regularly. We're looking for typically local things to do that can only be done in Long Beach. In terms of food, we're adventurous - and we also live in a multicultural city that prides itself on food and food diversity (we are reputed to be able to boast that in amongst the thousands of restaurants in this city, we have over 300 different types of cuisines of the world). So, I'd say let us know your favourites...we prefer to go to restaurants that the locals love and recommend. Happy with the cool local thing as it would seem we can do the ocean view on Catalina Island.

I didn't get the Catalina Island guide but went on line to have a look at all the things to do. I was considering doing one of the jeep tours but wasn't sure if that was the most effective use of time. My husband was interested in hiring the golf cart and using that to get around. The 3 for 2 deal sounds great.

Depending on how we are feeling on the Saturday (after our 15 hour flight the day before and going without sleep for 30 hours ), we would like to take the earliest boat out (or at the latest the 8 am boat ride). The flying fish tour sounds fantastic. I'll put in on the list. We're there very early May; so if it's not running we'll probably go with the Semi Submersible.

Love the recommendation for either Antonio's or Armstrongs. It gives us the option to work it out when we get there - and depending on what the boy wants to eat.
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If I'm correct the Residence Inn is the one that they are just building or completed down by the Queen Mary, if you don't have a car, then I would suggest dining at the Queen Mary. Otherwise there are lots of different LB eatierys, I'll have to compose my thoughts, but let me know if you like seafood, coffee shop, sushi/thai, seafood where they give you a bib, continental waterfront dining, a room with a vie. If you're at the Residence Inn out on Willow I'll have a completely different recomendation for you.
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I just reread your post and am confused as to how much time you will be spending in Long Beach, I can help you there, but not so much with Catalina since I've only been there a couple time long ago.

If you are interested in Long Beach ideas, I can certainly give you some clues since I live here and am very familiar with a lot of the local restaurants and sights.
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I personally LOVE At Last Cafe. There are only a few tables, and the food is American delicious. It's totally a local spot, and very affordable. http://www.jmchefcatering.com/ and here's the link to the yelp page. http://www.yelp.com/biz/at-last-cafe-long-beach. You can take the red passport bus if you don't have a rental car- it'll drop you off few blocks or so from the restaurant.
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I personally LOVE At Last Cafe. There are only a few tables, and the food is American delicious. It's totally a local spot, and very affordable. http://www.jmchefcatering.com/ and here's the link to the yelp page. http://www.yelp.com/biz/at-last-cafe-long-beach. You can take the red passport bus if you don't have a rental car- it'll drop you off few blocks or so from the restaurant.
Is this an actual restaurant they don't have an address at their website?
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Is this an actual restaurant they don't have an address at their website?
Ah I opened the PDF and found the address 204 Orange, must be a tiny place....
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We're arriving early in the morning on Friday from Australia and flying out on Sunday morning. We will have most of Friday in Long Beach. yes - it is the Residence Inn near the Queen Mary and we will have a car. Depending on how we feel or if there is jet lag, we may or may not go to Catalina. So, we then have the option of Saturday to think about as an alternative to Catalina.

We definitely have one lunch and one dinner in Long Beach. RI provide breakfast; so unless you have a really MUST eat at breakfast place, we may stick to the standard RI fare; but are open to suggestions. For example, Sherry has suggested breakfast on Catalina and if we catch the first boat out, we'll definitely be having breakfast on Catalina at the recommended spot.

We may possibly be looking at one lunch and one more dinner on Saturday if we don't go to Catalina.

We love all foods - the only caveat is that my husband doesn't eat meat. He eats seafood and vegetables but no chicken, beef, lamb etc. SEafood with a bib sounds intriguing. The At Last Cafe is the sort of thing we would be happy to consider ... locally recommended, which is my main criteria. We prefer somewhere nice with a good family friendly reputation and relaxed.

We will need to fill in our time on Friday with local sightseeing. We can only check in after 2 or 3 pm and expect to be out of the airport by 9 am in the morning. We want to buy a prepaid cell phone; something around $30 or $50 and were thinking of a Walmart or Target or a good phone store that caters for the prepaid market. It's cheaper to do this than to pay international roaming rates. Local sightseeing tips would be fantastic!!

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Sherry - I've been wondering where you were....

We're staying at the Residence Inn, Long Beach. The one near the marina area. We have a 9 year old boy with us - and the aquarium doesn't interest us only because we are members of the Melbourne aquarium and go very regularly. We're looking for typically local things to do that can only be done in Long Beach. In terms of food, we're adventurous - and we also live in a multicultural city that prides itself on food and food diversity (we are reputed to be able to boast that in amongst the thousands of restaurants in this city, we have over 300 different types of cuisines of the world). So, I'd say let us know your favourites...we prefer to go to restaurants that the locals love and recommend. Happy with the cool local thing as it would seem we can do the ocean view on Catalina Island.

I didn't get the Catalina Island guide but went on line to have a look at all the things to do. I was considering doing one of the jeep tours but wasn't sure if that was the most effective use of time. My husband was interested in hiring the golf cart and using that to get around. The 3 for 2 deal sounds great.

Depending on how we are feeling on the Saturday (after our 15 hour flight the day before and going without sleep for 30 hours ), we would like to take the earliest boat out (or at the latest the 8 am boat ride). The flying fish tour sounds fantastic. I'll put in on the list. We're there very early May; so if it's not running we'll probably go with the Semi Submersible.

Love the recommendation for either Antonio's or Armstrongs. It gives us the option to work it out when we get there - and depending on what the boy wants to eat.
Well, I would say that if you can't make the earliest boat to Catalina and end up on an 8:00 a.m. boat, if you can stand it, skip breakfast when you get to Avalon and go right to the golf carts. The boat will get you to the island in an hour, and by 9:00 a.m., people are already descending on the golf cart place with the '3 hours for the price of 2 hours' deal. You will find that there are 2 or 3 places to rent golf carts or other land vehicles on Catalina, but unless something changed, there is only one place that offers the 3 for 2 deal, and that will be the very first golf cart rental you encounter when you disembark from the boat. You will start following the natural path into town from the boat, and you will see the golf cart place on your left hand side. I am thinking that if you stop to eat breakfast after 9:00 a.m., by the time you finish, then schedule and pay for any tours you may want to do for the day (you need to get those lined up before you do too much else in Catalina so they don't book up) and get back to the golf cart place for the 3 for 2 deal, the golf carts may be rented out and you'd have to wait for people to start bringing them back. However, if you take an early boat out from Long Beach (and I can see why you would be exhausted!), and get to the island a couple of hours earlier than that, then you will have time to eat breakfast, line up some tours for yourself (or whatever activities you decide to do that have to be scheduled at a certain time) and get back to the golf cart place before it gets too crazy.

If worse comes to worst, you can rent a golf cart from another place without the 3 for 2 deal, but that is the best deal.

I would skip the Casino tour unless you have a great interest in architecture. It is beautiful inside the ballroom, but if you are only on the Island for one day, and you are outdoorsy people, I wouldn't bother with that tour. I would only suggest doing it if you were there for more than one day.

Yes, if the Flying Fish tour is running when you get there - and they do start it in May, but the dates change - then, by all means, do that at night when it starts and take the latest Express boat back to Long Beach. The Flying Fish are attracted by light, so the boat captain shines a big spotlight on the rocks and cove, and it attracts the flying fish by the hundreds. Suddenly, you see all these fish with wings jumping in the air, gliding across the water, glowing in the light - and the boat you are in is totally open and uncovered, so you can see the fish right in front of you, basically (in fact, sometimes they jump IN the boat, as I hear, though that did not happen when I did the tour). It's a lot of fun!

The Semi-Sub is like the Subs at Disneyland, except with real ocean life. They feed the fish off the side of the sub, so all the cool sea life comes swimming up to the boat for the passengers to see up close, and as I said, we saw a big ol' shark swimming along the bottom of the ocean. That was cool! I definitely like the Semi-Sub better than the glass bottom boat, although the glass bottom boat seems to be very much associated with Catalina.

The cruise to Seal Rock does what it says - it takes you out to some rocks where seals and sea lions are lounging in the sun and playing in the water. It's a fun little thing to do.

Yes, Antonio's (there are two Antonio's in Catalina - make sure you go to the one that is along the water, next to Armstrong's) has a lot of things on the menu; it's great if you ask to be seated at an outdoor table by the water, because you can see fish swimming under the water and sometimes you will see a random flying fish glide by. But, again, even though I am NO seafood fan at all, everyone I know who has eaten at Armstrong's tells me that they have wonderful food, so I recommend it anyway. There is another restaurant right next to Antonio's and Armstrong's called the Busy Bee Cafe. I used to love that restaurant, and would have gladly suggested it to you, as it's great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But I read some reviews of it online last year and supposedly the management changed and the food quality is not as good as it once was. So I am not sure if I should suggest it or not. But it was really good at one time!

There are lots of other places to eat as well - by no means did I give you a complete picture of all the restaurants - but those are some standouts!
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The Queen Mary is one of Long Beach's gems as well as the Aquarium of the Pacific. The area near the Aquarium has been recently developed with an Entertainment Complex called "The Pike". Back 80 years ago there was an arcade in that same area called "The Pike". Now it is full of chain restaurants, movie theaters and other shops. Also in that same area is Shoreline Village which also is full of shops and restaurants, but not necessarily all chain restaurants.

For a nice view, you can go up to the top of Signal Hill. There is a park up there and you have a view of the ocean and on the other side of the hill you can see the mountains (if it is a clear day). From Ocean Blvd just drive up Temple Street until it curves around at the top of the Hill, there are some benches and artwork up there. On a clear day you have a great view.

There is also the Long Beach Museum of Art on Ocean Blvd and the Musuem of Latin American Art in Downtown. As far as restaurants go, the place with the bibs is called The Crab Pot, it is in the Marina (opposite side of town where you are staying). They have these "feasts" that come with clams, mussels, shrimp, potatoes, corn, andouille sausage (they could probably leave that out), and you can pay extra to add snow crab, king crab, halibut or salmon. The cover your table in butcher paper, give you a bib and dump the bowl on the table top, you eat with your hands and the bring you melted butter to dip everything in. It's one of my favorite places to eat!

The Belmont Brewing Company (BBC) has a great view, it's on the edge of the Pier, I used to eat there a lot but haven't been in a few years. They serve a mix of upscale burgers, seafood, pasta and other good food. It's a nice place to have dinner and watch the sunset. Get an outdoor table. Those are a few places that come to mind, but there are plenty of other great places out there as well.
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