Isla Catalana (aka Isla Santa Catalina) is an uninhabited island located in the Gulf of California, east of Baja California Peninsula. The island covers a total area of approx 9,6 km2 (3,7 ml2).
- Catalina Island lies 2,4 km (1,5 ml) from the mainland on Dominican Republic's south-east corner, close to La Romana and La Altagracia. Isla Catalina belongs to Mexico's state Baja California Sur and is part of Loreto Municipality.
- Isla Catalina was baptized "Santa Catalina" by Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), who visited it in May, 1494.
- The island is a popular tourist destination. There are daily vessels sailing to Catalina from La Romana. Catalina island beach boasts white fine sand and crystal clear water. The sea features corals close to the shore which attract tourists for spending leisure time snorkeling and on the sun beds.
- The island is an occasional destination for ships on Caribbean cruise routes. Costa Cruises has its own private beach on the island. The ships of the line anchor offshore and transport travellers to shore via tender.
- Isla Catalina is a diverse preservation of eco-systems, such as mangroves, sand dunes, and reefs. Formed out of coral stone, it contains 3 overlapping plateaus. Its highest elevation is only 18,3 m (60 ft) above sea level. The seas around Catalina are rich in wildlife, with many birds' species and tropical marine fish. There are large areas where sandbars offshore bring the depth to a few feet.
- The wildlife on Isla Catalina is presented by 10 reptile species, seven of which are endemic. These are whiptails, rattlesnakes, desert iguanas, kingsnakes and lizards (leaf-toed gecko, spiny lizard, side-blotched lizard).
- Web searching for "Isla Catalina" often results in finding three Catalina-named islands - the namesakes Isla Catalina (Mexico) and Isla Catalina (Dominican Republic) and the Santa Catalina (California-USA's island).
Highlights: Giant barrel cactus, Birds, snorkelling
The Isla Catalina cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Isla Catalina, Baja California Mexico.
If you lose the Isla Catalina location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Isla Catalina cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Isla Catalina, Baja California Mexico. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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26 April, 2018