Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival: Close to one million people travel to Catalina Island every year, though the total numbers in any given year varies depending on economic conditions.
Glass bottom boats tour the reefs and shipwrecks of the area, and scuba diving and snorkeling are popular in the clear water. Lover’s Cove, to the east of town, and Descanso Beach, to the west of the Casino, are popular places to dive.
CATALINA ISLAND JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL
The Avalon Underwater Dive Park was the first non-profit underwater park in the United States.
The area is famous for the schools of flying fish and the bright orange Garibaldi which teem in local waters.
Parasailing is also offered. Bus tours are given of the interior.
The use of motor vehicles on the island is restricted; there is a limit on the number of registered cars, which translates into a 14-year-long wait list to bring a car to the island. Most residents move around via golf carts.
Because of these restrictions, there is no regular vehicle ferry service for visitors to take their car from the mainland to Catalina Island.
Tourists can hire a taxi from Catalina Transportation Services.
Bicycles are also a popular mode of transportation. There are a number of bicycle and golf cart rental agencies on the island. Only the city of Avalon is open to the public without restrictions.
The only major road into the back country is Stage Road.
Jazztrax, formally known as the Jazztrax Showcase of the Absolute Newest, is a weekly countdown of America’s Top 20 Smooth Jazz singles by Art Good.
Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival was founded in 1985 by Good in San Diego and is currently broadcast out of the San Fernando Valley, the heart of smooth jazz.
Each week, Art has an interview with a guest performer while also playing a historic recording from the Jazztrax Archive. The show is syndicated to 44 different stations around the country and webcast around the world.
It is typically five hours long. Jazztrax has also expanded to include the world-famous Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival, the Jazztrax Baseball Train, the Big Bear Lake Jazztrax Summer Festival, and other events, most of which are also simulcast over the web.