The casino as seen from the Hotel Vista Del Mar
WHAT TO DO
Brown's Bikes. Rent a 21-speed mountain bike or a cushy single-speed cruiser, ideal for Avalon's flat beach-front. From $5 per hour; 107 Pebbly Beach Rd.; www.catalinabiking.com or 310/510-0986.
Catalina Trans-portation Services. Taxis, shuttles, tours. Rolls-Royce from $99 per half-hour; www.catalinatransportationservices.com or 310/510-0342.
Descanso Beach Ocean Sports. Two- to four-hour guided kayaking adventures. Try the three-hour Fox Canyon excursion, an easy 1½ miles of ocean paddling (instructions included), followed by a nature walk. From $50 per person; on Descanso Beach; www.kayakcatalinaisland.com or 310/510-1226.Discovery Tours Undersea Tour. Experience an aquarium from the inside out during a semi-submersible tour of Lover's Cove, a marine preserve in Avalon Bay. $35, $17 ages 11 and under (nighttime tours are slightly less); at the base of the Green Pier; www.visitcatalinaisland.com or 800/626-7489.
Jeep Eco-Tours. Spend a half- or full day exploring the untrammeled interior of the island. From $495 for four hours per Jeep; 125 Claressa Ave.; www.catalinaconservancy.org or 310/510-2595.