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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon

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    What to Expect
    Hop aboard the Catalina Express in Long Beach or San Pedro, and relax on the 1-hour journey across the Pacific to Catalina Island, where you’ll arrive in Avalon, the southernmost city in Los Angeles County.
    When you get off the ferry, walk just five minutes into downtown Avalon to begin your independent exploration of the island. This is not a guided tour—your time on Catalina is your own to do whatever you wish. Admire views of the waterfront along Avalon Bay, perhaps visit a restaurant or café, go shopping or do something more active (all at your own expense). The number of vehicles on the island is limited, so enjoy the pedestrian-friendly streets of town.
    Return to your original departure point on the ferry when you’re finished on the island.
    Long Beach
    If you have time before or after your ferry departure or arrival at Catalina Landing, perhaps check out some of Long Beach’s attractions, such as the Aquarium of the Pacific. You can grab food and drinks at the Catalina Lounge or Catalina Deli if you need something before or after your ferry ride. The ferry service runs daily (schedule varies by season) and can accommodate surfboards, strollers and bikes.
    San Pedro
    Part of Los Angeles Port, San Pedro is home to landmarks like the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, as well as the USS Iowa and SS Lane Victory ships. You’ll embark and disembark the ferry at the Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, which opened in 2012. Ferry schedule varies by season; the ferries can accommodate surfboards, strollers and bikes.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    On time departure from Long Beach to Avalon On time departure from Avalon to Long Beach The boat was clean, the staff was friendly

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Richard N
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    The boat was clean, on time and well run! The ticket counter attendant and the crew were all very friendly and helpful. And as a bonus, I had a wonderful conversation with a couple and a college student who sat next to me. I will...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank jameswoeber
    Reviewed July 19, 2019

    easy scheduling, big enough boat to not get too sea sick, saw dolphins on the way to Catalina, can sit inside or outside

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank SaraLT2000
    Reviewed July 1, 2019

    We have used the Catalina Express several times and it was always a great way to travel to Catalina and an overall great experience. I would recommend to anyone wanting to go to Catalina.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    2  Thank Sheila C
    Reviewed June 26, 2019

    I traveled on the Catalina Express to Catalina Island in early May. It was a very pleasant ride over and back from Long Beach.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Cobcop
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    August 11, 2019|
    Response from Cobcop | Reviewed this property |
    I'd suggest you go to CatalinaExpress website and review the departure schedules which varies from season to season and also depends on your departure port. There you'll learn cancellation terms. You also are provided with a... More
    August 11, 2019|
    Response from Cobcop | Reviewed this property |
    I had read that you can get a free trip on your birthday but this may apply only to your wife. Travel times vary according to the season. So, I would suggest that you go to the Catalina Express website for answers to all... More
    Rose T
    August 1, 2019|
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    Response from Cobcop | Reviewed this property |
    Hello Rose T, the preceding answer was a good one; I'd just add that you may consider booking both the Catalina Express overnight roundtrip and the hotel through TripAdvisor....all in one place! Enjoy!!!
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