Give Mom the Gift of Travel : Catalina Express

Give Mom the Gift of Travel

young family playing in the sand at Descanso Beach.

Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day is always a challenge. This year skip the traditional bouquet of flowers or sweater and give mom a getaway full of memories. Plan a fun vacation to Catalina Island where she can relax and spend time with you. No matter your mom’s personality, Catalina has you covered with a wide range of activities.

History Buff Mom

From Old Hollywood to World War II, few know the extensive role Catalina Island has played in American history. Treat your mom to a step back in time at the Catalina Island Museum. The museum gives visitors the history of Catalina Island and how it became the popular destination we know today. 

Or, take a tour around Avalon to the iconic venues and attractions that have drawn guests 22 miles across the Pacific for over a century. Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Catalina Island Company offers two exclusive narrated tours called Wrigley’s Catalina and Magnificent Mt. Ada. Present mom this Mother’s Day with a gift from the past.

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Adventure Mom

The Island is an outdoor woman’s paradise, especially for the mom who enjoys discovering a new mountain to conquer. Catalina is full of numerous trails to explore, but the best way to start an excursion on the Island is at the new Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead. Catalina hiking experts can provide you with a hiking permit and help you and mom chart a trail to fit your hiking level. If mom is looking to go off-roading, the Conservancy can also set up a naturalist-led Conservancy Eco Tours into the interior of the Island with their knowledgeable guides.

If mom prefers being on the water to land, Descanso Beach Ocean Sports offers kayaking excursions that will guide visitors around the Island’s beautiful coves and to see the active marine life. For those looking to venture out on their own, they can direct you to must-see spots. Catalina is ready to offer mom an adventure of a lifetime.

Foodie Mom

Catalina will be a culinary treat for the mom who is a whiz in the kitchen or likes to dine at all the newest restaurants. Indulge with lunch at Mt. Ada (formerly the Wrigley Mansion) as you and mom sip on mimosas and take in one of the most spectacular views of Avalon. Or, explore the town through your taste buds by visiting six local favorites on the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour and learn more about the history of the Island.

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Retail Therapy Mom

For the mom who enjoys strolling from shop to shop, the boutiques and galleries throughout Avalon offer unique items with an island twist. Catalina is proud to have very talented local artists that showcase their pieces in the different shops. 

Looking to fill up your closet with island ware? There are many shops that can help with that issue, such as Latitude 33 or Island Treadz. When shopping for the perfect Catalina keepsake, swing by the Two’s Company or Catalina Pottery, Bath & Body. 

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Wellness Seeker Mom

Catalina Island is the perfect getaway from the stress of daily life and shows visitors the true meaning of being on island time. The Island has several spas that specialize in various experiences. Or, have a rejuvenation day in your room as some hotel offer spa experiences. Mom will leave this trip feeling refreshed and re-energized.

Is relaxing with her toes in the sand and a cocktail in hand more mom’s idea of tranquility? Descanso Beach Club with their beach lounges and cabanas would be her dream getaway. Descanso Beach is one of few beaches in California where you can enjoy bar service straight to your towel while soaking in the rays of sunshine.

 

Start planning this island getaway with mom by booking her reservation ahead of time or purchasing a Catalina Express gift card that she can use anytime during the year.  No matter your mom’s favorite activity, she will treasure this experience above all else because it will mean quality time with you.

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.