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Catalina Island is located just 22 miles from Los Angeles, but it feels like another world. The rocky island is made up of two towns, Avalon and Two Harbors, both of which are delightful. All it takes is one visit to see why people love this place so much.

While Catalina Island has some beautiful hotels, if you want more space and a unique experience, book a vacation rental. We’ve found a few that will take your trip from good to spectacular.

This cozy beach cottage two blocks from the ocean

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This charming Avalon cottage is the perfect place to spend a few relaxing days by the sea. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath space sleeps 6 thanks to the bunk beds, and the full kitchen and dining room make cooking and serving meals a breeze. This place has all the comforts of home (including a 50-inch flat panel TV), and rents on

The townhouse with an ocean view 


Located in Avalon right by the beach, this brand new townhouse has some impressive amenities: A full kitchen with granite countertops, king-size bed, a spa, and a private balcony with a gas grill and ocean views. The 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath space can sleep 6 comfortably. Book here.

This Hamilton Cove gem is a total treasure

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This luxurious condo is on a resort-like property that has everything you need. The state-of-the art gym has ocean views, a spa, and massage services, while the clubhouse features a family pool and jacuzzi. The accommodations themselves are beautiful, and although there is only one bedroom, 4 people can stay here quite comfortably. Click here to book.

This cozy villa comes with a complimentary golf cart

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This quaint 1-bedroom condo offers a restful spite from a hectic life. The shared balcony has a partial ocean view, and there’s even a golf cart to help you explore Avalon. There is a roll away bed here, so 3 people could stay comfortably. Book here.

You’ll fall in love with this cheery home

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Warm, sunny and airy, this 2-bedroom charmer sits less than 3 blocks of the beach and has views of the ocean and the nearby golf course. Amenities include a TV, a grill, WiFi, and enough extra beds so that 6 can sleep here. This charmer is available on

This panoramic penthouse is the stuff dreams are made of

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Sometimes only the most sophisticated accommodations will do. And when such occasions occur, this sweeping suite is here for you. Catch the gorgeous harbor views from all 3 balconies, soak in the pool or jacuzzi, and try not to think about the fact that you’ll eventually go home. Click here to book.

Sleep a block from the beach

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Imagine waking up in a comfortable bed and stepping straight out onto a private balcony with sweeping views. This custom-built Avalon home is just a block from the beach, and the interior is decked out in Catalina tile and murals. All 3 bedrooms have ceiling fans and TVs, and you’ll find everything you need for a perfect stay. Renting this home isn’t exactly budget-friendly, but it’s worth it.