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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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Free Birthday Trip to Catalina Island

Birthday Freebies are a wonderful way to see and relax on Catalina Island. There is a free meal (( had the Taquitito and it was delicious at Buffalo Nickel.) Call for a shuttle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Birthday Freebies are a wonderful way to see and relax on Catalina Island. There is a free meal (( had the Taquitito and it was delicious at Buffalo Nickel.) Call for a shuttle to pick you up. The Casino Tour was exceptional (Free), the ice cream at two places, smoothies and just a time of relaxation. Bring your swimming suit... More 

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Marin County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great boat ride to and from Catalina. Quick trip where we even saw whales. Nice selection of snacks and beverages on board and the staff was REALLY helpful and customer service oriented.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had a great trip across the sea to Catalina Island. We booked the Captains Lounge and had a great hostess Leeanne (sp) who was so friendly .... you could only leave the boat smiling!!!

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Indio, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We booked passage to Santa Catalina Island approx.4 days in advance - only available was Long Beach terminal, 1 hour driving time from our Inn, and an 11am departure, with a return at 7:30pm. Once we got to the terminal we could change departure for no charge, and for the return, we changed to an earlier departure for $5 for... More 

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Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great way to see Catalina Island if you are limited in time. We took the Express over one morning and returned late afternoon. Comfortable ride, great service. Would definitely do it again!

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San Diego, California
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Enjoyed the ride and the experience of a high speed boat trip to Catalina. The best place to sit is on the upper deck. It is windy and sunny, but the view and the experience is worth it.

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Solomons, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We decided to take the ferry to Catalina Island. Price wasn't too bad... about $75 round trip per person. The ride was nice...took about an hour. We saw dolphins and even a whale. The boat was clean and well kept.

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St. Thomas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Mini-vacation, beauty at sea, a day on Catalina -- talk about attitude adjustment. And once back at Dana Point the joyful dilemma of where to dine? So many choices!!

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PA & FLA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a great way to go to the island..It gives you enough time to go to the beach, or rent a golf cart and tour or even do a pretty complete walking tour...It's really quite pretty and there is a lot of history there..Back to the boat.. comfortable, well appointed and fun! We also saw whales and they were... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We really enjoyed this ride to the island. On the way back, the captain alerted us when there were whales. Very exciting! Clean boat and really nice crew.

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