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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: 800-481-3470
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Description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out...
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.
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Ferry to Catalina Island

The ferry was very efficient. Right on time, quick to load and unload your luggage. Snacks and drinks available on board with a large bathroom. The staff was very nice. Good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Medford, Oregon
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Medford, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The ferry was very efficient. Right on time, quick to load and unload your luggage. Snacks and drinks available on board with a large bathroom. The staff was very nice. Good trip back and forth to the island.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great way to go to Catalina, since , if you don't have a boat, or a private plane, there probably IS no better way to get there. Just sit, relax, enjoy a snack, or coffee, and you are there in a short time.

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APPLE VALLEY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We had not taken this trip before but had a helpful person on the phone to guide us. We made reservations easily, they reminded us that if it was anyone's birthday on the exact day, we could get a discount and also the parking was reasonable. The outdoor "terminal" area is not well marked so they could use a more... More 

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

On Saturday, 2/21, we were returning from Avalon to Dana point on the 4:30 pm boat. As we were boarding, there were 4 obviously drunk people behind us that were also boarding. They were yelling, cussing and one girl was visibly staggering or stumbling. Unfortunately, they chose to sit right in front of us just to the right of the... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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198 reviews 198 reviews
104 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We took a day trip to Catalina and used the Dana Point Catalina Express to get there. They recommended booking in advance because sometimes they sell out. We parked at the marina, they charged us $12. The ride over and back took an hour and fifteen minutes. From Dana Point it appears that they only have one (or two on... More 

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Parker, Colorado, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I took the Catalina Express from Dana Point, as my hotel was in Dana Point. The harbor itself is located mere minutes from most of the hotels Dana Point, so if you're staying in town, you can avoid having to contend with parking. From Dana Point, the crossing takes about an hour and five minutes, and at least on the... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Very Good Experience both times we have used Catalina Express outside Dana Point. They offer year round service and have at least 25 daily departures - so no matter when you wish to depart the wait won't be long. We love sitting outside on top to take everything in on gorgeous sunny days. Catalina Island has something for everyone -... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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152 reviews 152 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Efficient boarding and store luggage. Plenty of seats and nice little snack bar. Seats both outside and in. TVs inside.

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California
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1,703 reviews 1,703 reviews
1,082 attraction reviews
685 helpful votes 685 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Take Dramamine! Catalina Island is something every visitor to Southern California should try to see, because it hints at what SoCal was like before we paved it over. The trip there can be rough; Dramamine can make the difference between an hour of utter misery and an hour of drowsiness. Getting out into fresh air is another cure.

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Huntington Beach, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

my husband and I have taken it out of Long Beach port, several times - always made reservations, and got there 1 hour before to check in-never had a problem and they always run on time and got us there. yes they offer/sell drinks and lite snacks on board...usually plenty of room and the storage for luggage works out great... More 

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