This is where you go for one of the best snorkeling adventures of your life. By far, the Lover’s Cove is the most popular snorkel spots off Catalina. It is a protected area with kelp forest, rock reef, and a “zoo” of cool-water inhabitants. Less than 50 miles off the coast of California, Catalina Island is a picture perfect escape that’s just a short boat, plane or helicopter ride from Los Angeles. Adventurous travelers will enjoy kayaking off the coast, hiking or zip lining. The rugged island is a popular summer escape, so visit now for fewer crowds and nicer weather.