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Address: 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
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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Best Way to Get to Catalina

Whether it is for a weekend or for a day trip this boat will get you from Long Beach to Avalon in about 45 minutes. Efficient, clean, friendly, reasonable price. Not much more I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Long Beach, California
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Whether it is for a weekend or for a day trip this boat will get you from Long Beach to Avalon in about 45 minutes. Efficient, clean, friendly, reasonable price. Not much more I could ask for.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Catalina Express is the least expensive and fastest way to get to Catalina. I definitely have to give it an excellent rating. To my surprise the Catalina Express was fast and smooth, sailing over the waves. Definitely no motion. They have a nice snack and bar area with good offerings. Coming back to Long Beach is a very orderly... More 

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New River, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I most recently went over there on my Bday and you get a free RT ticket. Also once on the island there are all kinds of free stuff for. It is like a little European island Island only a hour from Long Beach.

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Long Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I've been going to Catalina since the 50's and I still find the whole experience enchanting. I miss the old white steamer with the mariachi band and the mina bird and the kids diving for coins. The express boats ride very smooth and a also very convenient and quick. The way to go is the "Commodore Lounge". It's a little... More 

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Long Beach
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

Parking is expensive so park on a side street in Long Beach and take the bus or an uber in. Bring your bike! It's only $5 to take it over to Catalina and makes it much easier and more fun to get around the island. Sometimes you can spot Dolphins from the boat so sit outside or at least keep... More 

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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Yes, you can travel free to Catalina Island and back on your birthday ... no you can't beat that. You can upgrade your deck for a few dollars more, includes free drink and snack.

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Long Beach
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Exceptionally nice staff from land to sea and back. Love, love that they still offer a free ride on your birthday!! Best deal in town!!

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Long Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Catalina Express organization runs a tight ship. We arrived 30 minutes early at the Long Beach location, as suggested. We found parking to be a breeze, however, it does cost $15.00(USD) per day. That's not bad considering, your car is steps away from the boats. You will have to walk some but the distance is not bad at all.... More 

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We booked the ride to Catalina Island through the concierge at the Queen Mary. There is a free shuttle that leaves from the Queen Mary parking lot and drops you off a couple of blocks from the Catalina Express dock. Ask the driver to point out the route from the bus stop to the dock, it is hidden behind some... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Really the only ferry out there, but the experience is a pleasant one. The boat is comfortable and the crew is very friendly

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