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“long beach”(22 reviews)
“day trip”(25 reviews)
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...more
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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All reviews long beach day trip long term parking captain's lounge smooth ride ticket window always on time san pedro great ride parking situation boat dock full bar golf cart snack bar wonderful trip fun experience dana point harbor
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must get there early to check in. Get a reservation as you might be disappointed not getting on. Although parking is safe in the harbor lot, it is a bit cumbersome as you have to park a distance away and walk back. The boat is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Randy2353
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Actually signed up for the Catalina Flyer because with Groupon it was half the price. Flyer's boat broke down so they referred us to Express. The boat is big and spacious to accommodate many passengers. About an hour and a half from Dana Point to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank JLars34
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first trip to Catalina and the Express delivered a great way to get there, meet other travelers, and enjoy fresh air! We were staying in Oceanside so it was nice to only travel a few miles to Dana Point to catch the Express. Nice...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ltzme
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time visitor to Catalina Island. Booked ferry to Avalon from Long Beach in Commodore Lounge. For a really nominal fee, this service is worth the money. Not only was the lounge seating very comfortable, we had priority boarding onto the boat, were served snacks...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Guypicard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We departed on Monday morning to Avalon. We boarded about 15 minutes prior to departure. The vessel was clean and staff were friendly. We saw whales and dolphins on route. We returned the next day at 4:30 pm and arrived in Dana Point at 6...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kpatters
Reviewed February 25, 2019

Go here, walk, eat, drink. This is one place you want to come to and enjoy a great day at the beach.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Alex G
Reviewed January 27, 2019

The car parking situation is EXTREMELY confusing, crazy, and the distance between the Boat Dock and the parking lot is WAY TOO FAR AWAY. However, the Catalina Express ride was punctual for departure and arrival. The trip was smooth to the island. Seats were plenty...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Jon N
Reviewed January 9, 2019

This is a great way to get to the island. They've got pleanty of room , there are usually extra seats for knap sacks, guitars, etc. and they are good about storing fishing equipment and bulky items. The ride over there is usually very uneventful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Roger B
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We went on the Catalina express for a day on the island. We reserved the captain's lounge for the ride both ways. Six of us went and really enjoyed the day. We left from Dana point Harbor to Avalon. The ride was great, the crew...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank pnkwa
Reviewed January 6, 2019

We have been promising ourselves a trip to Catalina for the past 10 years at least so this time we made it happen. We were advised by family to upgrade out tickets and we were very pleased we did this especially for the return journey....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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August 5, 2018|
Response from wo43 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a lady come off the boat with a dog. However, you might want to call the company to find out rules and restrictions.
June 21, 2018|
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Response from b2buck | Reviewed this property |
I know they have a senior discount for over 60. The website has them listed on the buy tickets page.
January 21, 2018|
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Response from KatrinaNeylon | Reviewed this property |
The distance is about 41 miles, and takes an hour on the Catalina Express at Dana Point. There are a couple of other places where the Express leaves from, but that would add to the timing and distance of the trip. Still... More