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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
Type: Ferries/ Boats, Sightseeing Tours, Transportation
Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Sightseeing Tours, Transportation
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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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251 reviews 251 reviews
97 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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Los Angeles, California
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277 reviews 277 reviews
52 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nobody likes confusing or complicated travel, so I was somewhat nervous when I bought the tickets because I hadn't been on a boat to Catalina since I was a child and I vaguely recall my parents stressed out and arguing. Well, that memory must have been about something unrelated to the boat. It was super easy to buy the tickets... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Catalina express was easy to book. We booked day of tickets (the day before the July fourth holiday) for a trip to the island. It was easy and reasonably priced -$74/per person roundtrip. Simply check the schedule online and head to the port. We parked in the lot at the long beach dock. I recommend visiting the island as... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Catalina Express ferry is a very pleasant efficient way to get to Catalina. We left from the San Pedro dock and were told to arrive more than 30 min early to pick up our tickets,etc. which we did, and we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and coffee from their little shop while we sat on a bench and waited to board.... More 

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Moorpark, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
51 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I highly recommend taking some motion sickness pills a few hours before taking the ferry if you're prone to motion sickness like me. Putting things in perspective, my 3 friends didn't feel sick at all. Take the pills both ways. (I did not take any hence was feeling sick. I just went to sleep.) We got the ferry originating from... More 

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