Behind The Scenes

Catalina Discovered!

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.

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“26 miles across the sea, Santa Catalina’s a-waitin for me”- who remembers that song?

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Immediately after I debarked, I ran into some fans, so we took a selfie! 

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Where would I be without the love and support of my fantastic fans?

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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.

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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).

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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.

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 Homemade granola and fresh organic fruit

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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!

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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!

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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!

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The views were incredible. 

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Catalina was originally settled by Native Americans and this mountain is called Indian Rock. Can you see the profile of a face?


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For you wine enthusiasts, they have started making wine on the island. We passed some if the beautiful vine yards.

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Half way on the tour we stopped at the Catalina Airport for refreshments and a break. Its a tiny airport with no air traffic controller. The airplanes just have to work it out- yikes!

We past some folks zip lining across the canyon- whew too much for me!

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It was an amazing journey giving by Discovery Tours.  I loved our guide Ja – it was unbelievable how she handled that manual bus up and down those mountains. Woman power for sure!
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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!

Have you been to Catalina? What was your highlight?Next, Im off to Cape Town South Africa to make a movie and I’ll be keeping a diary here at KimberlyElise.com so be sure follow along!

Love,

Kimberly

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13 comments

  1. Patrice says:

    Hi, Your diary entry was very enlightening. I’ve never been to Catalina, but often wondered what it’s like as a quick get a way from Los Angeles. It’s seems to be a beautiful vacation and has me excited about making reservations.
    Thanks!!!

  2. Rosheka Henry says:

    I’m a huge fan Kimberly. I only wish I had your strength and courage to make such a life style change with my eating. I wouldn’t even know where to begin, trying too be a vegan. But I admire those of you who are. You’re a beautiful person in and out. Thank God for roll models like you for my young daughter’s. Please keep up the awesome job you’re doing. You’re in my prayer. Be safe and get some rest

  3. Kim Brown says:

    Hi Kimberly! I absolutely enjoy you sharing your world with us. You are such a beautiful person, both inside and out! You are, and have definitely always been my all time favorite! Thank you for sharing your life with us.
    Your loving fan,
    Kim Brown

  4. Judith smith says:

    Kim your work is impeccable as you are doing never forget to spend time for yourself and because you are such a giver remember to “rest always in The Lord”! Enjoy Catalina island I pray for the day to rest and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Love Judith enjoy

  5. Latalsha says:

    Hi Kimberly! I absolutely love your vacation blog. I’ve never been to Catalina or anywhere like it. I think it looks wonderful. I also love that you are vegan…lm not but I am trying to learn to eat better(being from the south with a southern mother feeding a big family we didn’t eat as healthy as we should because my mom cooked what her mom cooked. She in turn taught us the same….but I love her dearly from doing the best that she could do for us). Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your blogs 🙂
    P.S. I think your website is so pretty. From the font to the color designs it’s so something I would chose.

  6. Yolanda Smith says:

    Hi Kim,

    Seems like you had a lot of fun and relaxation here. It looks beautiful but I’ve never been but it’s on my bucket list of places to go. Good luck and much success in Cape Town I look forward to seeing your posts from there.

  7. Gina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey’s. Loved the Catalina one, and I am definitely looking forward to your South African posting.

  8. Kereem Rogers says:

    Love these pictures! I now want to discover Catalina. 🙂
    I’m also a big fan of your career… Your truly a beautiful, gorgeous individual!
    I’m a single father of a 17 year old daughter and I feel your’re truly a role model for young women everywhere!!
    Keep up the good work.. your are doing an awesome job!!

  9. Margaret R. says:

    What a beautiful way to document a mini travel vaca. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Now Catalina is a place I will put on my list of go-to places.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Very lovely Kimberly…what a blessing it is to be able to get away and simply enjoy the wonders of God’s creations. I am so looking forward to being able to do those things. I’m glad you were able to enjoy yourself after once again providing your fans with such great work. I love all of your new projects, and of course the older ones as well.

    Continued blessing to you <3

  11. Wow! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit! My friend and I went there in May. It was my second time, her first. Her name is Laura. She is originally from El Segundo. Her grandfather used to take his dinghy to Catalina all the time. So when we embarked, she just thought it was a desolate island. When we arrived she immediately fell in love. Just so beautiful and relaxing. We walked and explored, and went to some bars and restaurants. She really wants to move back home, and actually now wants to live on Catalina. Her grandfather has passed on, but she brought some of his ashes and spread them since he went there so often. We were there only about 5 hours, but definitely want to go back again. Hopefully, next year, if she doesn’t move back home first. Truly beautiful and relaxing. Really glad you enjoyed it Kimberly. And thank you for all your talent that you give us.

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