I’ve lived in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years, and though I always heard about the splendor of Santa Catalina Island, I had never gone to see it for myself!
Well, after a busy year filming Hit The Floor and releasing two movies (Apple Mortgage Cake and A Day Late And A Dollar Short) I was bone tired, and felt it was time for a get away.
Catalina was calling….
I packed a backpack and hopped aboard the Catalina Express out of Long Beach.
Immediately, I was surrendered by the fresh ocean smells and warm Cali sun on my face.
“26 miles across the sea, Santa Catalina’s a-waitin for me”- who remembers that song?
Where would I be without the love and support of my fantastic fans?
The man responsible for really transforming Catalina into the resort town it is today was William Wrigley, Jr. His descendants still live in the beautiful house he built.
Over the years Catalina has been a popular get away for some of Hollywoods biggest legends. From Charlie Chaplain to Marilyn Monroe (she actually lived here for a while while she was still known as Norma Jean Baker).
Standing on the peir taking in the beauty of morning.
Time for a nice breakfast. If there is any down side to the island, its that its not the most vegan friendly place I’ve been to.
No worries, I’ve learned over the years to always pack my food just in case! You wonder how I stay looking youthful?
Organic of course.
Homemade granola and fresh organic fruit
After breakfast and a bit of shopping, I thought it would be cool to learn more about the island and explore the rustic interior. So I bought a ticket for an Inland Expedition and climbed aboard this authentic 1950s tour bus!
Along the steep mountains, we saw foxy The Catalina Island Fox. Once the size of a fox, it has dwarfed down to the size of a squirrel over the years. Soooo cute!
Catalina is also known for its buffalo, which were originally brought to the island for a movie then left to stay and populate. We were lucky enough to see one on the road!
The views were incredible.
Catalina was originally settled by Native Americans and this mountain is called Indian Rock. Can you see the profile of a face?
For you wine enthusiasts, they have started making wine on the island. We passed some if the beautiful vine yards.
We past some folks zip lining across the canyon- whew too much for me!
All in all I absolutely recommend a trip to Catalina Island and I def left refreshed and lovely as I headed back to LA. There’s so much to do I wish I would’ve had more time. Maybe next time I’ll try parasailing!