Descanso Beach Club

Flashback: Hollywood Getaway

Catalina Island, just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, has long been a favorite Hollywood getaway. Stars like Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood and John Wayne vacationed here, and a young woman named Norma Jean Baker, who’d become far better known as Marilyn Monroe, lived here with her first husband. The island, accessible by ferry or a 15-minute helicopter flight, has updated its Descanso Beach Club and launched a new spa and Catalina Aerial Adventure; it features both beachfront and ocean-view meeting venues that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

Venue Spotlight: Santa Catalina Island's Catherine's Terrace

Imagine a semitropical island escape barely an hour from Los Angeles. All it takes is a speedy 15-minute helicopter ride or a catamaran ferry ride to reach Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, where an ongoing $40 million revitalization plan by the Santa Catalina Island Company has upgraded vintage venues and added the Hamptons-esque, state-of-the-art Catherine’s Terrace event space at the scenic Descanso Beach Club.

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