GETTING THERE: The big steamer, S.S. Catalina, leaves weekdays at 9:45 a.m. from Wilmington. Phone MGRS. Inc. (NE 6-4711) in Los Angeles. Other steamers leave daily from Long Beach at 9:30 a.m., from Balboa at 9:45 a.m. (both Island Transportation Co., Balboa Island, OR 5-1549) and from Wilmington at 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Island Boat Service, Wilmington, SP 5-2011). Figure $7.50 round trip. For airplanes, call Avalon Air Transport (Los Angeles, NE 6-9137) and Catalina Channel Airlines (Los Angeles, NE 6-6890) about flights from Long Beach and L.A. International airports: cost from $12 to $19 round trip.
STAYING THERE: Pavilion Lodge (W. F Olsen Sr., Avalon 465), $15-$18 per day. Las Casitas (Bill Behrschmidt, Avalon 226), cottages $14 and up per day. St. Catherine Hotel (Joe Arno, Avalon 711), $10-$16 per day.
EATING THERE: Nothing fancy, but the Visitors' Country Club Restaurant serves steaks, chops, sea food; Prego has Hungarian and Italian dishes: and Scari's, a general menu—all $4-$6 per person.
SIGHTSEEING THERE: Bus and boat tours all advertise on docks: tickets available there.