Hotel at a Glance: La Paloma Las Flores Hotel
Whether you seek adventure or just want to stare into the ocean and forget your worries, La Paloma Las Flores Hotel fits the bill. The quaint hotel’s secluded cottages and apartments are only about a five-minute walk from Middle Beach, where you can catch some rays and finish that one novel you haven’t gotten around to yet. To deliver a more thrilling experience, the hotel works with local tour companies to provide excursion packages that immerse you in the island’s natural beauty, including ziplining tours, land tours, and scuba diving (excursions not included in the voucher).
- Proximity to Avalon Bay: The hotel is only a seven-minute walk to Avalon Bay, where you’ll arrive on the island if you’re traveling by boat.
- Where you’ll stay: a cottage or apartment at La Paloma, or a unit at Las Flores; each includes a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker
- Old World charm: Parts of the hotel were built more than 100 years ago and still retain vintage elements, such as a Catalina-tiled walkway.
- Catalina Island Museum: Only a three-minute walk from the hotel, this museum houses pottery, photographs, and other artifacts.
Catalina Island, California: Desert Foliage and Secluded Coves in the Pacific Ocean
The rocky Catalina Island is only about 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, but it’s a world away from the crowded metropolis. For starters, there are hardly any cars here; golf carts are the preferred way to get around. Much of the island’s interior is unpopulated, home to an array of desert foliage and wildlife. Visitors can hit the many secluded coves that dot the landscape for sunbathing or snorkeling in temperate waters among starfish, sea urchins, and bright-orange garibaldi.
Much of Catalina Island is accessible only by challenging dirt trails, but endemic plants such as the rare Catalina mahogany can be seen at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. The gardens are in Avalon, the island’s only major city. This small village with a backdrop of steep, amphitheater-like hills occupies only about 3% of the island. Still, it’s where most visitors spend the majority of their time, thanks to a popular beach, a lively harbor, and a variety of restaurants.