Catalina Express takes you to Catalina Island in just an hour with year round service and up to 30 daily departures. Boats depart ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. Catalina is just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Catalina Express' fleet of high-speed ferries makes the trip quick, easy and fun.
From adventure to luxury, Catalina Island has it all. Visit the picturesque town of Avalon or the rustic village of Two Harbors. Avalon is filled with activities on land and sea. Two Harbors is a spectacular remote location with campgrounds and beautiful beaches. Catalina Island, a wonderful day or overnight getaway.
Snorkeling, bicycling, hiking, parasailing, yachting, scuba diving, jet skiing, golfing, camping, fishing and shopping. Nowhere else in southern California can adventure-seekers, vacationers and entire families find so much action and enjoyment in a single, isolated area. That's why nearly 1 million people visit Santa Catalina Island each year, and why many of them have deemed the enchanting island their number one destination for extreme fun in the sun and picture-perfect relaxation.
Spanning nearly 50,000 acres of sandy beaches and lush tropical landscape, Catalina Island is located just south of Los Angeles and is known for having clear skies and warm temperatures almost year-round. A mere 22 miles off the California shoreline, it's has been the go-to paradise for west coasters since its popularity first soared in the 1930's, when Hollywood stars like Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable turned it into a personal retreat. Since then, other celebrities have made Catalina their home away from home, including Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan and others.
So it's no surprise that the remarkable little island is still one of the most happening places to vacation and have a thrilling good time. But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy everything the island has to offer. In fact, it's the perfect getaway for couples, singles, and families; locals and out-of-towners; youngsters and-old timers and just about everyone in between. With luxury hotels, fine dining, live music, movie theaters and some of the most extraordinary recreational activities around (ziplining, anyone?), it's hard to imagine even a moment of boredom in such a wild and colorful place.
An ideal weekend on Catalina Island varies from person to person. For families, a visit to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens and camping at the Hermit Gulch campground is a great way to start. Spend the warm afternoons hiking, exploring and swimming in the clear blue water, or take a tour on a glass-bottomed ship or an actual submarine to get up close and personal with the fascinating marine life. Feast on fresh seafood, sandwiches or barbecued burgers by day, and gather around a cozy campfire as soon as the sun dips below the horizon.