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Catalina Express

Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731
Phone Number: 800-481-3470
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$74*
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93%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

The express is a great fast and affordable at to get to Catalina. I did a day trip there and back and enjoyed it. Boat is comfortable and drinks are available with cash.

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Corona, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

For a small ticket price on Catalina Express, this has always been on of my favorites. Love the day cruise; enjoying the ocean, the quaint beaches at Catalina, the decent pubs and restaurants on the shoreline and have thoroughly enjoyed Hamilton Cove Villas. A short walk to Decanso beach, with quaint shops and a bar located right on the beach.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I agree with most reviews here. The express is a blast and is a great way to experience the decompression you want going from the craziness of LA to the escape Avalon has to offer. But! My experience with canceling my ticket opened up a whole new world on Catalina Express the COMPANY. Here's why. I checked in early in... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Catalina Express is pricey but it is more than just a ride to Catalina. The pier location is new and clean and has a choice of eating establishments. The outdoor area is comfortable and scenic. The boat itself, has very comfortable seating on both levels. There is a snack bar if you desire a snack.The ride is smooth and... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There may be other ways to get to Catalina, but why? Take the Catalina Express. We took at from Long Beach to Catalina during a HORRIBLE storm (early evening on 12/30/14). Even the crew was rocking and wondering....... The return was 1/2/15 and was MUCH more enjoyable. We sat on the outside deck and enjoyed the fresh air (without the... More 

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Santa Paula, CA
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128 reviews 128 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Its $7.00 each to bring it, and $10.00 or more to rent one. You'd rather have a bike here than not-if able to ride. City bike racks leave a lot to desire. We ranged from the Pebbly Beach to the Descanso Beach and points in between. Watch out for the renters of little golf carts on your bike-beware of cruise... More 

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cincinnati, ohio
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We just took the express from Long Beach to Catalina round trip and it was great! The parking is easy access to the dock and the staff is very friendly. There are various seating options so you can be indoors or out ... in the sun /wind or not. It is such a relaxing and beautiful trip, particularly after fighting... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Got me from A to B, nice service, no issues! On the way there I sat outside where it was cold but the views were stunning. On the way back I sat inside and it was so nice and cosy I fell asleep.

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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98 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

I was in Los Angeles for a wedding with friends. We did a lot of the sights in LA over the course of the week we were there. The ferry is a blast the whole group of us got a little happy on the way over!!! The cost is reasonable. The island is beautiful. It was a great way to... More 

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San Diego, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have been going to Catalina Island for over 25 years. Catalina Express is still the best way to get to the island and back. The boats are getting faster and more stable, No more sea sick kids and family's. The total trip is just over an hour and this is fast. Two harbors is my favorite spot on the... More 

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