Gay Travel: Catalina Island

Author: , March 13th, 2011

Gay Catalina IslandCatalina Island has a growing and well-deserved reputation as an adventure destination. For those who crave an escape from the concrete gridlock of Southern California, there is not one single stoplight on the entire island!

The numerous outdoor experiences make for a soul rejuvenating weekend escape. Beautiful botanical gardens, the Trans-Catalina Trail and scenic and remote Campgrounds make this one of the most peaceful and beautiful locales on the West Coast.

There is also an incredible Marine Preserve called the Lover’s Cove, calm and ideal for snorkeling amongst the scintillating orange Garibaldi and spotted opaleyes.

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Gay Friendly Catalina Island – More Gays Than Eagles?

Author: , December 21st, 2010

Catalina Island Gay Travel“Are there more resident bald eagles on the island or resident gays?” My lesbian wife, the always-sunny Mary B., and I are 22 miles away from mainland USA on a chunk of land known as Catalina Island.

True to lesbian cliche, we met only months ago in the GayTravel Guru finals, and now we consider ourselves wed, making this island adventure our honeymoon of sorts. We are on a tour of the vast, rugged interior with two gay residents who work for the organization that controls 88% of the land here, the Catalina Island Conservancy.

There is an awkward pause, and then laughs all around. “Definitely gays,” exclaims Shaun, the knowledgeable biologist tasked with removing invasive plant species on the island.

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Gay Travel Adventures: Ziplining on Catalina Island

Author: , December 17th, 2010

Catalina ZipliningMary B. is nervous, and I admit that I was a little apprehensive as well. We’re 500 feet up a rugged hillside on Catalina Island, in a spot known as Hog’s Back gate, and we are about to zipline down the mountain at 45 miles an hour.

“You’re going to go first so I can video you,” I nudge Mary. She just smiles back, not sure what to think as this was her first time to zipline. I had done it in Costa Rica, and it is one of the most fun things I have ever done.

But no matter how many times you do something adventurous, you always get butterflies before doing it again. That’s part of the joy. If I didn’t get that tinge in my belly, it just would not be much fun.

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