Avalon is located on Santa Catalina Island, approximately 22 miles (35 km) south-by-southwest of the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater. It is the only incorporated city to be located on one of the eight Channel Islands of California and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. The city is a resort community with the waterfront dominated by tourism-oriented businesses. The older parts of the town on the valley floor consist primarily of small houses and two and three-story buildings in various traditional architectural styles. The population was 3,728 at the 2010 census. The City attracts about 1 million visitors a year and is frequently visited by cruise ships.
Avalon, a popular tourist destination for well over a century, is a historic seaside destination and has attracted film stars, dignitaries and presidents throughout the years, and it still maintains its charm and allure until today. The City offers numerous hotels, restaurants, beaches, spa experiences, land & ocean adventures, a golf course and a host of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.
Crescent Ave. is the main street surrounding Avalon Bay. Known by locals as Front Street, this scenic walkway features architectural elements like the Serpentine Wall and Wrigley Fountain adorned with authentic Catalina tile. Many of the town’s beaches, shops, and restaurants are found along Crescent Ave. On the other hand, The Pleasure Pier, which extends out into the harbor near the junction of Crescent St. and Catalina Ave., is the launching point for all Catalina Island Company ocean tours, including Undersea Sub Expedition, Glass Bottom Boat, Discover Two Harbors, Sealife Safari, and Flying Fish Voyage.
The Tour Plaza, which is located one block from the beach between Catalina and Sumner Avenues, is the starting point for all Catalina Island Company land tours, including Discover Avalon, Bison Expedition, Journey to the Sky, Inland Expedition and Ridgetop Eco Adventure.
Avalon is also home to many points of interest, including Descanso Beach Club, Catalina Island Museum, Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens, Casino Point Dive Park, Lovers Cove Marine Preserve and the Catalina Casino.