For Kristian’s birthday I booked him a course to learn how to scuba dive. This also included a weekend diving on Catalina, which is an island just west of Long Beach, LA. As I didn’t have anything else planned for the weekend, I went along too. I’ve done my dive qualification before, about 10 years ago in Australia, so my plan was to just spend the weekend exploring while the group were off diving.
We got the last ferry over one Friday evening in April, which takes about an hour. As we arrived pretty late, we just dumped our bags and headed out for a couple of glasses of wine and some sushi, before an early night as Kristian was up really early on Saturday to go diving.
I didn’t expect the weather to be great, as April can be a bit hit and miss over there, but I was lucky and it was a gorgeous weekend. As it is a really small island, they have a limit on the number of cars they have there. You can’t take your own vehicle with you (which is novel for America!) and there is a 20 year waiting list to own a car if you live on the island! The main town of Avalon is so pedestrian friendly, you don’t need a car here, but to explore further afield, most people have golf carts. It’s so funny to see them driving around everywhere!
I had grand plans of getting out of the town and really exploring the whole island, but the weather was so lovely I spent most of the weekend sat on the beach reading a book – it turns out that was just what I needed and I felt so relaxed. Each day when Kristian finished his diving, we had more of a wander around the town and even a game of mini golf.
It was such a nice weekend relaxing, drinking nice wine and eating tacos! We loved Catalina, it was so nice to be able to walk everywhere, there were no chain restaurants and it had such a lovely chilled out atmosphere. It didn’t feel like the USA at all!