When our yacht docked at the whimsical cay that is Santa Catalina, we didn't know whether to cue up Marley's "Lively Up Yourself," Moby's "Porcelain" (remember that scene from The Beach?), or Coldplay's "Paradise." And as it turns out, all three apply — this destination would give never-never land a run for its money! Around every corner, there are wild buffalo, mermaids, trippy mosaics, flying fish, cacti, and even a dollop of true Old Hollywood glamour.
What's most uncanny, though, is that the historical enclave has remained relatively on the DL. Perhaps that's just because most don't realize it's a quick hour and some change away by boat (with a bar) from L.A. Well, consider this your surreal sneak peek and ultimate guide to Catalina, a place that'll surely be your new go-to getaway. Keep clicking for the deets on where to shop, play, eat, and so much more. Welcome to "Para, para, paradise!"