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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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Catalina Express

The Catalina Express takes just over the hour to get to Catalina Island with comfortable seating and drinks and a few snacks available on board. Advise booking in advance as a... read more

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Elstead
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed today NEW

The Catalina Express takes just over the hour to get to Catalina Island with comfortable seating and drinks and a few snacks available on board. Advise booking in advance as a popular service used by the locals as well as tourists.

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Abbeville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved our ride aboard the Catalina Express from Long Beach. Pay the extra $15 to upgrade. Seating is higher, air condition, very comfortable seats and a drink of your choice! View and comfort worth it! Oh and you board earlier and easier!

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Winthrop, Maine
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're in Southern California I highly recommend a trip out to Catalina Island. The best way to get there is by the Catalina Express. Their website is easy to use and their catamarans are very nice and well run. A round trip ticket is a little pricey, but they have a variety of pricing options. The ride took about... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy boarding and comfortable seating--upgraded to captain's--very comfortable. less than 1 hour trip to island

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an easy ride although it takes about 1 hour to get to and from the island. If you are worried about sea sickness this boat is big enough that you shouldn't feel sick at all. The boat does have a snack bar where you can get candy, chips, soda, wine and beer. The snack bar is cash only... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stay away from the back of the boat while departing/arriving, to avoid diesel fumes. The crew is friendly, will answer questions, and gave my son a free cup of sprite to help calm his queasy tummy. I've been visiting Catalina Island since the early 80's - the boats are faster, smoother, and quieter than 30 years ago!

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Thank Lee T
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun boat ride! Saw dolphins and whales. About 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Catalina. Very enjoyable ride.

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Elk Grove
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great, calm ride over and got to see the spectacular moon on the way back! The boat is comfortable, crew is really friendly, and they have a great snack bar.

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South Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...But this is a great way to get to Catalina. Easy to find at the end of the 710 fwy (just follow the signs).Parking structure is right across from the terminal ($17 per day). You can purchase tickets there or online. For some extra cash, you can ride in the "Commodore Lounge". It's a separate seating area with a couple... More 

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seal beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The boats are around 200 - 400 ppl, takes about an hour to Avalon from LB, and isn't too bumpy usually. the boat is fast and pretty loud, but is overall very easy and is the cheapest way to get to Avalon. Avalon is a world apart from southern california, slow paced, bar-lined beach town, and this boat delivers you.

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