The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 217, Avalon, CA 90704 (tel. 310/510-1520; fax 310/510-7606; www.catalinachamber.com), located on the Green Pleasure Pier, distributes brochures and information on island activities, hotels, and transportation.
The picturesque town of Avalon is both the port of entry for the island and the island's only city. From the ferry dock, you can wander along Crescent Avenue, the main road along the beachfront, and easily explore adjacent side streets.
Northwest of Avalon is the village of Two Harbors, accessible by boat or shuttle bus. Its twin bays are favored by pleasure yachts from L.A.'s various marinas, so there's more camaraderie and a less touristy ambience overall.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.