Pros and ConsCatalina feels like another country, but it's so close to LA, with a laid-back ambiance and lots of natural beauty. On the downside, you have to get on a ferry boat to get there and if the city lights excite you more than the sight of a buffalo in the wild, it may not be for you.
More About Catalina IslandIf you've got the time, it can be a whole vacation. Use the Catalina Island vacation guide to plan it.
If you've only got a weekend, that works, too. Plan your escape lickety-split using this planner.
See where it is on a map. It's the red-colored push pin.