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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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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Sit Back and Relax

I was impressed with how organized and easy it was to get to the boat itself. If you are not going to take a nap I would recommend bringing something to read. They ride at times... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was impressed with how organized and easy it was to get to the boat itself. If you are not going to take a nap I would recommend bringing something to read. They ride at times was a little choppy but not bad. They had a bar/snacks available for purchase. Only problem is if you sit far from the bar,... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the ride from Long beach to Avalon and we really enjoyed the Commodore Lounge with a drink and snack. The fleet was clean, good customer service and on time departures. I would highly recommend that there is wi-fi on the fleets so thats business executives can complete some work while on the 1 hour ride to the island... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Taken the express from Long Beach twice over the years, but we discovered a closer location to take it from our third visit to Catalina. Parking isn't easy to find in Long Beach near the terminal. Takes about 45 minutes to get to Catalina Island from Long Beach. We switched to Newport Beach instead because we usually stay in Anaheim... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From Long Beach to Catalina in 45 minutes. For years, I take this trip every Summer. I always ask for the twin hull, its much faster and smoother ride. If you go, do it in the morning. In the afternoon, the sea can be rough.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If still in effect, ride on your birthday for free. Stay one day or more to enjoy the Catalina small town experience. Town is one square mile with shops, restaurants, hotels, a new museum and other things to do there. I recommend taking one of the trips to the back country and also see the airport.

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

Very relaxing! Beautiful scenery, wonderful place to visit alone or with others. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Catalina Express out of Long Beach has easy parking and the quickest way to get to Catalina. You could take a helicopter but it is pricey. The ride is fun and sometime dolphins follow the boat!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fast transit with great views, smooth and comfortable. So much to see and do. Stay overnight if you can, It is so peaceful in the mornings.

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

The Catalina Express is a fun way to start your time; we always upgrade to the "Commodore" level as you have much better views and a more comfortable seat plus a cookie and a beverage too!! Oh, YES, there is a "bar" onboard!! Gotta love being an adult on holiday or just for the day!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We traveled to Avalon on a weekday and back to Long Beach on a weekend. What a great way to travel to Catalina Island! Spectacular views and a relatively relaxing way to spend an hour. Even on a cloudy day, there was still things to note. The upgraded experience of Commodore Lounge is worth doing at least once. Less waiting... More 

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