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“Great day, so glad we decided to make the trip.”
Review of Catalina Express

Catalina Express
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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Owner description: With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, Catalina Express is the best way to get to Catalina Island. In about an hour, you could be hiking, biking, shopping, diving, snorkeling, fishing, dining, stand up paddling, kayaking, relaxing at a spa or kicking back at the beach club. Just 22 miles from LA, but a world of difference. (Don't forget to upgrade to the Commodore Lounge and skip the lines with priority check-in, express boarding, plus a complimentary cocktail or soft drink, and more. Just $15 each way.)
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Living in the Midwest, we had often commented that we should go to Catalina sometime when we were in CA for business or pleasure. Our daughter lives in SoCal, so we finally decided on a Friday afternoon to leave on Saturday. I booked the trip on the phone and found out that our preferred port to leave (Long Beach) was already full for a mid morning departure, so we settled on the San Pedro launch port. Easy to find using nav and posted signs, we were pleasantly surprised with the indoor facilities that include a small food concession and bar, with brochures on various activities on the Island.
We sat outside on the top deck and for 70 minutes loved the ride to Catalina. The weather and water were perfect, but if you do sit outside, bring a jacket for the wind and a hat or sunscreen. On the way over, we read about some of the activities in the brochure and decided to rent a golf cart when we landed. Absolutely the best idea of the day; the island is very hilly with cliffs and amazing views, but you need a way to get up the hills and we highly recommend the gas engine golf carts for rent at 3 or more booths. The carts are covered and can hold 4 or 6 people, and if you sign up before 1pm, there was a discount of 'buy 2 hrs, get the 3rd hr free'. At $40/hr, 3 hrs for $80 was a great way to zip around the suggested route (w/map) and stop to take pictures, grab a taco and beer near the golf course and hit the beach area bar near the tail end of our 3 hrs.
Everyone on the boat was friendly and professional and someday I'd love to take Catalina Express over to the island for another day of fun. Small shops and restaurants are all walking distance from the landing site, along with water toys to rent, if you don't feel like a ride up through the hills with the beautiful views. There are also small lockers for rent near the landing dock, in case you need storage space for your belongings.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

An enjoyable hour long ferry to Catalina. As you get near it reminds you of Skull Island in King Kong. Anything but. Five of us went on the Avalon Scenic Drive through Catalina Expeditions. Wonderful tour. Learned a lot and we all enjoyed Cindy Lowe, our driver.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Kudos to Catalina Express for their free trip to Catalina on your birthday promotion. They have upgraded and reorganized since I participated several years ago and it is a class act. Starting with check-in, they really make your day special. They now have a Happy Birthday ribbon, which lets everyone know it's your birthday, and they also have a abrochure full of discounts and freebies. Everywhere I went, people said happy birthday. Thanks to Lloyd's for the free birthday ice cream cone! I only wish I'd planned to stay overnight to take advantage of Afishinado's flying fish tour! A lovely day, and a wonderful time!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great Service. The trip to and from Cataline was very smooth and peaceful. The boats were very clean. We enjoyed our day there. One more place checked off our bucket list. The directions to get to Berth 95 was spot on. We will use this service again.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Fabulous, peaceful, journey to one of the premier day trips in America. Catalina Island is breathtaking. Short but nature embracing voyage. Went from Newport Beach. Took my mom and sister and cousin for a refreshing, relaxing life goal trip. Look for groupon deals on weekdays.

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