Located just over 20 miles off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island is known as “the romance island” for its peaceful, honeymoon-ready atmosphere and natural beauty. Couples come here to enjoy the mountains, tucked-away coves, and ocean vistas. Hotel St. Lauren stands amid these calming sights on a parcel of land just steps from a host of water-based activities on Avalon Bay.
Up in the intimate guest rooms, Victorian accents and rosewood furnishings make for a romantic setting. Head to the patio on the sixth floor to soak up the California sunshine as you take in views of green hills and the Pacific Ocean.
It might be tempting to just sit back and drink in the scenery, but not far from Hotel St. Lauren, you can explore the shore by renting a kayak or scuba gear. Avalon’s Green Pier is a good spot to go fishing, and the nearby boutiques on Crescent Avenue provide plenty of shopping opportunities.
Highlights of Catalina Island, California
Escape from the city: It’s only about 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, but Catalina Island a world away from the crowded metropolis.
Leave your car behind: Golf carts are the preferred way to get around.
Hit a secluded cove for sunbathing or snorkeling in temperate waters among starfish, sea urchins, and bright-orange garibaldi.
Perfect for couples: Travel + Leisure called Catalina’s many coves “ready-made for romance”—and named it one of the most romantic islands in the world.