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Catalina Express

Catalina Express

400 Oceangate, Ste. 300, Long Beach, California, USA, 90802

The Basics

Trips to Catalina Island aboard the Catalina Express depart from San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point on the mainland and take about an hour one way. All three mainland ports offer ferry service to the town of Avalon, while San Pedro also offers service to Two Harbors, a better choice for visitors wanting to hike or mountain bike the interior portion of the island. Explore Avalon at your own pace by downloading an audio guide for a leisurely, educational walk around town.

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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
$77.00 per adult
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Catalina Adventure
The private city tour was phenomenal. The views were breath taking. The guide was very informative & personable.
Latonna_W, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Catalina Island

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Had a great time for our...
Angel_K, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Had a great time for our friends bday all day fun day ! Can't wait until the next trip 🌞🌊 nice staff and very clean boat
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Amazing
Chue_L, May 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
The beautiful scenery of the island and the sight scene were amazing. I am glad that were able to switch our return time to an earlier one.
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WONDERFUL!!
Roterria_S, May 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
When we were on the speed boat 🚤. It was AWESOME 🤩 to do that with my family on my Birthday. Myself,Husband and my son.
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Amazing getaway
Oksana_S, Mar 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Catalina was a sweet little taste of Italy... beautiful scenery, clear waters, friendly people and atmosphere. Best part was cruising around on electric bikes. The Catalina express boat ride went smooth, didn't get seasick even though I'm prone to that, they have plenty of seating, outside and inside, restrooms, and beverages with snacks to order.
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Birthday surprise
LISA_S, May 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
This was a surprise for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was a good day , wished we could’ve gone on the zip line tour But it was booked and golf carts was too costly. Food was good weather was perfect!!!
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Great experience for family with 5 kids
Lamika_T, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Very good experience for a family with 5 kids. Enjoyed there was a option to have a facing seats. Really enjoyed that there were pull down tables as well.
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Had a great time
Ervin_M, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Parasailing out at Catalina Island 🏝 Was the most memorable part of being out at the island. It was so relaxing and calming.
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Valeria_P, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
I liked it all it was very fast friendly and I want to do it all again! We are already planning on going back in summer
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A peace of mind
Raynell_C, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Just love the views and there was always something to do… great food and drinks … prefect workout and all around good fun
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Hotel Seaport village inn...
miguel_g, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Hotel Seaport village inn Nice customer service Catalina island Catalina island perfect To relax very nice viems
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I enjoyed this trip.
Evangelina_T, Apr 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
I want to know new places. And definitely the Catalina island it's the best place for visiting. My daughter my aunt and me we really enjoyed this amazing island.
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Catalina island
Daisy_P, Mar 2022
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Going to stores with friends. The only bad thing is that you have to be 25 in order to rent a golf cart

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Catalina Express is one of the best ways to reach Catalina Island from the mainland.

  • Book your roundtrip ferry service ahead of time to skip the lines at the port and guarantee your spot on the ferry.

  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as it’s often sunny on the island.

  • Both the San Pedro and Long Beach ports offer on-site restaurants.

  • Ports and vessels are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

San Pedro and Long Beach ports offer the closest access from Los Angeles and Anaheim, California, while the Dana Point location is most convenient for travelers coming from South Orange County or San Diego. The easiest way to reach the ports is to drive or take a ride-sharing service or taxi.

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When to Get There

Each Catalina Express port has its own schedule of departures, which often sell out during the summer and on holiday weekends. Weather on the island is best during spring and fall. The water can get choppy during the winter.

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The Catalina Express Fleet

Catalina Express began operating in 1981. Today, the fleet comprises eight high-speed vessels, including four spacious catamarans. Passengers will find seating inside and on the outdoor upper deck and a full bar with snacks and refreshments on each ship.

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