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If you want to spice up your trip to Catalina beyond anything you’ve experience, we have just the way to do that. Try, this time, visiting Catalina Island by helicopter. Your honey will feel like you two have won the Reward Challenge on TV’s Survivor as you jump in your helicopter and are whisked away to an island just far enough from Los Angeles to make it feel like it’s another country. No, Jeff Probst won’t be waiting on the other side, but your Catalina taxi will take you the quick three-quarters mile into Avalon where you’ll find charming lodgings and cuisine every bit as spectacular as that devoured by the winners on Survivor. And just one more suggestion – make this trip a surprise. For maximum impact, pop this little outing on your significant other, let’s say, on the way to the dry cleaner. Just stick your overnight bag under the dirty clothes and you’re all set. Helicopters leave several times each day from Long Beach and San Pedro. Island Express Helicopter Service operates a fleet of four modern six-passenger helicopters from their base helipad in Long Beach, next to the Queen Mary. It takes just a few minutes to weigh passengers and luggage, and then it’s just 14 minutes of actual flight time to Catalina. Lifting off from Long Beach was a thrill as our pilot gradually raised the helicopter a few feet into the air and then suddenly turned the aircraft around, put the nose down and swooped forward, quickly picking up speed to 120 knots. Suddenly we were sweeping over the Long Beach shipping terminal, watching cruise ships at San Pedro and taking a short detour to get new passengers. These helicopters are remarkably quiet onboard; unlike most helicopters, this quiet version allowed you talk without the aid of headphones. And they’re smooth-riding – the reluctant flier will be comforted to know helicopters don’t feel turbulence like fixed-wing aircraft. Yes, a helicopter trip can be pricey – it’s currently $170 roundtrip from Long Beach so, for most people, this is a "special occasion" kind of experience. One way you might look at it, though, is that the cost of flying is only about two or three fancy dinners more than the cost of taking a boat. Do chocolates instead of dinner on a couple of birthdays and you’re practically there. Of course you won’t want to skimp on the dinners while on Catalina Island. Part of the whole experience is enjoying places like Steve’s Steakhouse, well-known on the island as one of the best, and a long list of restaurants and cafes offering a variety of cuisine. Several of the restaurants have sidewalk seating and a few have prime locations on the water where you can enjoy dinner and/or drinks on a deck with a postcard view of Avalon Harbor. On this trip, we went a bit beyond Avalon to find other sights on the island. The glass-bottom boats and semi-submersible submarines are great ways to get out and see some of the abundant marine life just off shore from the island. We took the Discovery Tours semi-submersible for a 45-minute excursion along the coastline into Lovers Cove, a protected marine sanctuary where diving and fishing are not allowed. The semi-submersible looks like a submarine but never actually dives below the water. However, it feels like you’re diving because the windows on both sides are about six fee under water. Passengers on our boat were especially excited by the several feeding stops during which the crew threw food over the side to attract what must have been hundreds of fish to the boat – so many that, for an instant, the sub’s interior darkened as fish blocked the water-filtered sunlight from reaching the windows. We also enjoyed some time on a U-Drive golf cart. If you’ve been to Catalina, you know that streets are narrow and cars are almost non-existent. Most locals get around in golf carts and, for $30 an hour, visitors can drive the winding roads on both sides of the harbor to get some unforgettable views of Avalon. Navigating the streets of the village and its hillsides adds to the unmistakable feeling that you are in a foreign country. Close your eyes and when they open it could just as well be the south coast of France or maybe Spain, or anywhere but where you are – just 26 miles from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Completing the illusion that we were far away from home was our choice of hotel: the Hotel Villa Portofino, a charming boutique hotel in a perfect location just across the round-about from the edge of Avalon Harbor. Our room was small – just like in Europe — but with a lot of extra touches like stylish carpets and marbles, color-coordinated walls and crafted ceilings, a sitting table and chairs, a flat-screen television and a small refrigerator. Most of the rooms open out onto a small, terraced courtyard that is landscaped with lush tropical plants, palm trees and flower arrangements. Guests were taking full advantage of the hotel’s sun deck where one could look out and see a panorama of the harbor, the famous Catalina Casino and the sightseers on the streets below. Those sightseers were fewer and farther between once the sun started to set over Avalon and the tour boats had all left for the Mainland. On this particular Sunday night, the downtown was eerily quiet with the only sounds being the occasional whirring of the golf carts. Overnight in Avalon is a completely different experience from the usual daytrip to the island; 15,000 people may visit the island on a busy day, but only 4,000 residents and a few tourists stay the night. Next: We visit the interior of Santa Catalina Island where we discover hundreds of buffalo, Arabian horses, incredible scenic vistas and navigate treacherous goat trails that pass as roads. AT A GLANCE WHERE: Catalina Island is about 26 miles west of the L.A. area. In addition to helicopter service to the island, there are several boat companies that service Catalina from seven ports in Orange and Los Angeles counties WHAT: Catalina Island offers many recreational activities ranging from deep-sea fishing to horseback riding to hiking to snorkeling. WHEN: Catalina is a great destination year-round, although the lowest prices are in the shoulder season, April-May and September-October. Most hotels offer lower prices then, but combo packages help reduce the overall cost of lodging and transportation any time of year. Several events are offered throughout the year, so check with the Chamber of Commerce for a listing. WHY: Catalina is close, easy to reach, incredibly picturesque and the perfect daytrip or getaway weekend for any living in or visiting Southern California. HOW: Call the Catalina Chamber for a complete list of transportation and lodging options. Phone (310) 510-1520 or see their website at .visitcatalina.org. For more information on Island Express Helicopter Service, visit .islandexpress.com or phone 1-800-2-AVALON. For More information on the Villa Portofino Hotel, phone 888-510-055 or visit .hotelvillaportofino… About the Author: 相关的主题文章: