Let’s face it, the weather on Catalina Island is just about perfect. The sun shines nearly every day and the temperatures hover right around ideal about 90 percent of the year.
Luckily for fans of freshwater, Catalina weather can include occasional showers, especially during in Southern California’s rainy season of December to March. You can make sure a little precipitation doesn’t rain on your parade by being prepared.
Like any vacation destination, you’ll want to check the weather before you pack and finalize your plans. If rain is predicted, an umbrella and light, water-proof jackets can help mitigate any impact the weather may have. Making the best of it is easy to do on the island because most activities, including the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour, take place rain or shine. Here are three great places to eat on Catalina when it’s raining.
Inside at Bluewater: When it’s raining, you’ll want to be able to see the sea – the ocean transforms during the rain, becoming a compelling vision of slate and navy. If the weather gets rough, the storm’s drama is captivating. Bluewater Avalon offers a great spot overlooking Avalon Harbor to enjoy weather watching.
A window seat at Steve’s Steakhouse and Seafood: Get a bird’s eye view of the rain – and those intrepid individuals who are out in it – by snagging window seat at this popular Catalina restaurant. Whether you are dining for lunch or dinner, watching the harbor and the goings on along Crescent Avenue will provide plenty of entertainment.
Airport in the Sky: Thanks to its massive fireplace and historic ambiance, the DC-3 Café is an ideal Catalina dining destination when it’s raining. The food is delicious as well – especially the bison burgers. It takes a bit more effort to get here, but it’s well worth it.