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Catalina Express

95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731
800-481-3470
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Tours
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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232 reviews 232 reviews
89 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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269 reviews 269 reviews
49 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
43 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Mineral Springs, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The ride was fun, yet a little cold because we were on the outside of the ferry and it was windy. It didn't take but a little over an hour to get to Catalina Island. The fare was a little high, but we purchased a California Pass and saved some money. The view was spectacular as we approached the island.... More

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Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
50 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Travel time goes by faster if you read or take a nap (like hubby). Great views and photo ops when leaving Long Beach and arriving in Catalina. The indoor seating on the top deck is more comfortable than expected. Bathrooms were decent.

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New Jersey, USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

It was a really expensive trip so I thought that the accommodations would be much nicer. I wouldn't bother getting the upgrade to the Commodore Lounge unless you want a cookie and a drink. They entice you into this upgrade by saying that you board before the other passengers but it's not like there are 500 people getting on the... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I did a spontaneous solo trip to Catalina for a zip lining excursion, and booked my tickets online for the Catalina shuttle. The regular seating was roomy, comfy, and plenty of windows for viewing the open sea!! I couldn't believe how quick the ride was between Long Beach & Catalina!! I highly recommend visiting Catalina and using the Catalina Express!!

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