Archive : Catalina Express

January 2021

Couple overlooking the Avalon Harbor on their golf cart tour

Couples Getaway

Whether you have been together for 30 years or this is your first trip as a couple, Catalina provides the right atmosphere to bring you and your special someone closer together. If this is both your first time visiting Catalina, below are some helpful recommendations to start the planning process.

Catalina express pulling into avalon harbor

Outdoor Paradise

Catalina Island has long been a favorite island getaway to escape from city life. What can you do in Catalina that will guarantee a vacation to remember? Well, to answer that question here is a fun list of activities to take advantage of while on the Island.

Catalina Island christmas sunset

Holiday shopping on Catalina made easy

Holidays are usually stressful, hectic and dramatic at times. Why not take a break and head over to Catalina Island during the off-season to get your peace of mind and reset. While you’re there, pick up a few items to check off your shopping list. What a better way to surprise the people on your holiday list than with a special gift from Catalina Island. Here are some fun ideas that will knock your friends and loved ones’ socks off. 

Buffalo milk in two harbors

Cheers on Catalina Island

Catalina is a special place where you can put your toes in the sand and enjoy a delicious drink with your meal. Now with many restaurants setting up on the beach for dinner, there are so many possibilities. From healthy to indulgent, Catalina Island has a variety of drinks for any occasion.

Catalina Island Casino at sunset with holiday decorations

Catalina Holiday Gift Guide

In honor of the iconic Christmas song, here are our 12 favorite Catalina holiday gifts – including nine presents we love to give and get, plus three that you can give to the Island.

couple walking along the waterfront

It's a Date on Catalina Island

What could be more romantic than walking hand in hand down a beautiful island beach? Catalina or “the Isle of Romance” offers all types of couples the most unforgettable dream getaways and is only about an hour boat ride away from the coast of Southern California. Share a delectable meal, awe inspiring scenery and thrilling activities that will bring your bond closer together.

2 girls kayaking on the ocean

Outdoor Adventures

Adventure awaits on Catalina by land and sea. The Island has so much open space to rediscover being outside again. As you start planning your next getaway, check out a couple popular excursions that visitors enjoy at their favorite local paradise.
 

Man and woman sitting inside a tent overlooking the ocean.

Camping in Two Harbors

Two Harbors is a hidden gem in Southern CA where you can put your phone away to disconnect and enjoy the world around you. This outdoor destination has one restaurant and one general store to provide you with all the essentials. If you want to explore this part of Catalina, here is a guide to help you plan your getaway.
 

Family next to golf cart overlooking the ocean.

Fall Fun on Catalina

Catalina Island is known as a great summertime destination, but fall is the secret season with the best deals and less crowding giving you more space to roam. The lovely fall weather on Catalina Island allows you to do a variety of different activities that are fun for everyone.

View of Avalon Harbor and the Casino

Catalina Island Historical Sites

Catalina Island – Avalon specifically – has been in the tourism business since 1887 when the first pier and hotel were constructed by George Shatto. Though the Island and Avalon have changed over the years and there have been numerous upgrades to what is offered to visitors, it still boasts multiple historic sites and landmarks. In fact, when I set out to write this blog and made a quick list, it was clear that there were too many to include here!

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.