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Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Good location of boat! Comfortable seats and reasonable priced bar serving soft drinks and alcohol. Gets busy, so book in advance. Great, that you are allowed to stand by for earier departure feom Catalina Island if they have space available!

Reviewed 23 October 2016

This was my first time traveling to Catalina Island. I researched the trip and felt prepared. If I did not do my research I would have been a little confused by the Catalina Express parking situation. If you book a trip be sure to read...More

2  Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

First time to Catalina Island. It was a great experience and will do it again. Boat ride to the island was great!

Thank princessoftx
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We had a wedding in Catalina last month and had a great time! Everyone on the island was very accommodating. Our wedding planner, Cathy Machado, was so very helpful, and Tracy at Bloom Floral was outstanding! The M Restaurant was amazing and served a delicious...More

Thank jaxgrls
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This express boat to Catalina is the best way to go. Would recommend upgrading so that you have a cabin experience and better seating.

Thank cassieee
Reviewed 30 September 2016

70 minutes to cross to Catalina from Dana Point, and the whole time, you can stand near the front with your hair whipping in the sea spray wind like a dog leaning happily out a car window. At just $40 each way, with gorgeous Catalina...More

Thank Paigeturner2
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was our third year in a row to go to Catalina. This time we went for my birthday, because the trip for your birthday is free. You don't have to come back the same day. They give you a little ribbon to wear and...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This review is regarding only the Catalina Express departing from and returning to Dana Point, CA. Unless you are being dropped off at the dock or are handicapped and permitted to park in the short-term lot, be prepared for quite a trek from the parking...More

2  Thank WineTourFan
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is so convenient and quick to get to Catalina from South Orange County. We have taken it many times. Parking is free. The boat is easily accessible.

1  Thank DR Sorensen M
Reviewed 8 September 2016

My husband & I took the ferry from Dana Point to Catalina Island & back in August 2016. All went smoothly, & the views were beautiful. Ferry time each way was ~1.5 hrs. We'd recommend purchasing your tickets & parking in advance because we were...More

Thank Taryn O
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Sonia G
14 April 2017|
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Response from MusicMama | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking you are asking about Dana Point before embarkation. There are a few restaurants at the marina, and an excellent outdoor cafe for bagel/egg sandwiches or oatmeal and coffee/juice/smoothies. We enjoy breakfast at... More
2 September 2016|
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Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
Which Catalina Express are you taking? Parking is convenient from Dana Point but limited, San Pedro and Long Beach both have parking and probably about that price
16 August 2016|
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Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
I have had good success with Super Shuttle, although I have not used them to San Diego. They have ExecuCar that doesn't make additional stops to pick-up passengers. Try them