Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina Island is in the Los Angeles County and is about 22 miles off shore. It is home to 150 American Bison left in 1924 by a film company.
Catalina as it is some times called has one city Avalon with nearly 4,000 residents and a small village at Two Harbors.

William Wrigley, Jr. the chewing gum magnate bought most of the island in 1919. He built the iconic CatalinaCasino and the Chicago Cubs which he owned held their spring training on the island from 1921 to 1951.

In 1975 Philip Wrigley gave the Catalina Island Conservancy 90% of the island.

Catalina has 50 endemic species found only on the island and about 400 native plants too.

Catalina attracts one million visitors each year. The Catalina Island Museum is located inside the Casino and boasts over 100,000 items spanning 7,000 years of Native American history.

Sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and parasailing are offered as well as interior bus tours. Two good surfing spots on the back side of the island are Shark Harbor and Ben Weston.