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Catalina Express

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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

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 transportation to Catalina

We traveled to Catalina on the Catalina Express and found the service and transportation excellent. Be sure to make reservations both ways or to avoid being disappointed at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
littlepepita
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled to Catalina on the Catalina Express and found the service and transportation excellent. Be sure to make reservations both ways or to avoid being disappointed at the ticket booth!

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Upland, California
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Catalina Island has to be on your bucket list. First no cars, just golf carts. It is like traveling back in time, slow and easy. Good restaurants, beautiful vista's, amazing sights. You can go and come back the same day or get a hotel and stay over night Don't miss the Jazz festival in October every year..

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

yes, it's touristy but it was a great relaxing way to spend a day. if you don't like the cold weather out on the water during the winter months, book the in-door commodore club. free drinks included

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Olympia, Washington
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

We took a morning run to Catalina Island from Dana Point and an afternoon run back. Both were pleasant trips with a minimum amount of hassle necessary to board and disembark such a craft. On the trip over we were treated to a pod of dolphins that ran with us for a while. The trips were smooth and the ride... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Easy affordable way to get to Catalina Island for quick visit of week end stay. Large Spacious boat with plenty of seating.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Wonderful trip to paradise island ,great photo shot clean and free trip on your birthday 🎉 round trip and free coffee ,luncheon,island map bday ribbon ice cream bowling, lots more go ,it's great ,has to be your bday I.d.required

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Signal Hill, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

I am most familiar with the Catalina Boats in Newport but was happy to experience the Dana Point boats. THey have smaller boats so you dont to wait in line with 600 people and fight for seats. Staff is nice and parking is close

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Morton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Boat left on time, both to and from Catalina. Clean. RR working, that's important. Comfortable seats indoors, outside stern location was nice and we enjoyed the beautiful weather. crew was helpful, friendly. Make r3eservations. Arrive early, as you have to drive a couple easy blocks to long term parking and walk back, once you get your boarding passes. it's nice... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

This was such a nice boat! We sat on the top deck even though it was a little chilly. Some went inside too. With the advice from my daughter, I brought a warm hat for the ride. It was such a good idea because it was windy. We loved it. It was my husband's birthday, so his ride was free!

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

On time and great ride to Caltalina. The boat wasn't to crowded and handled well. I'd use them again.

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