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Catalina Express

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Address: 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
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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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Just Ride ....

Be ready for a ride , can get choppy on the way over ... Nice trip , drinking are offered also.. Always a friendly crew ! Try in on your birthday for free ~ Must make reservation... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
julieela
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Del Mar, California
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Del Mar, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be ready for a ride , can get choppy on the way over ... Nice trip , drinking are offered also.. Always a friendly crew ! Try in on your birthday for free ~ Must make reservation in advance

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1 Thank julieela
Palm Springs, California
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Catalina Express offers large sailing vessels to Two Harbors and Avalon on Santa Catalina Island from various Southern California locations. We chose to leave out of Long Beach. The staff were very helpful and after an orderly boarding process, our boat left on-time. The water was very smooth and we felt little to no movement in the water. A little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Riding over to Catalina Island was a relaxing quiet ride, except the boat had issues and we had to return to Long Beach to have them fix it. The staff was apologetic about the issues but we weren't offered anything because of the issues. We were 30 minutes late arriving to Catalina Island which made us have to rush our... More 

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Davis, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking was easy, and we lined up for the boat. Staff are efficient and pleasant. They organized a space at the back for luggage. We saw dolphins in the water, sky was clear, and the ride was smooth. What more could we ask?? A small cafe and snack bar are available at the dock before we loaded in Long Beach,... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Back in the old days it used to take over two hours to get to Catalina on a rocky old boat. Now you can be there in half the time on a smooth riding comfortable boat. We saw lots of flying fish and hundreds of dolphins riding in our wake hike we sipped delicious drinks.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crew was friendly and the fare is reasonable. Enjoyed the hour trip to Catalina. I recommend upgrading the tickets for the ride back to the mainland if you're taking one of the last boats back.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When traveling to Catalina Island I recommend using Catalina Express out of Long Beach. Great parking, lots of handicap spaces, beautiful grounds and easy to get around. They have a waiting area which serves food and drink while you wait for the boat to take you to Catalina. Easy boarding process. You have a choice of sitting on the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did a winter deal with metropole for one night stay and roundtrip ferry. Everything went as planned out of Dana Point. The parking is $14/day x 2 for $28 total. The ship itself was clean and bathrooms were clean.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quick and easy. Dependable. Top deck at sunset, recliner chairs with cupholders for your beer or bloody mary. Then it's smooth sailing to Catalina Island. Stow luggage downstairs and they even have a tank rack for scuba tanks. 1 hr journey and you're there! Can get a little chilly so bring a jacket. Their phone reservation system works great, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good and fast service to Catalina island, a little bit expensive, it was around $72 round trip. Views are amazing.

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