Avalon is the only town on Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles California, and also the only town in the entire Channel Islands Chain. Founded in 1919 by the Wrigley family, the island was originally a private ranch. The town today retains the feel of it's origins, with significant Art Deco architecture and the island resort mentality.
Today, the town industry is dominated by tourism, and the shops and small beach are crowded with beach knick knack vendors and chic restaurants. There is still plenty to do though, with amazing scuba diving in the California kelp forests, and hiking through the rest of the largely undeveloped island.
Accommodations are available on the island at all price ranges, and the town is very low crime with extreme pedestrian tourist friendly. High speed ferry boats travel to the island several times daily from several ports in Southern California, making it easy to see the island for a day trip or as long as you like.
Huntington Beach, internationally known as "Surf City USA," is a relaxed beach town with a wide variety of entertainment and recreational activities serving all of Orange county.