Island Necessities : Catalina Express

Island Necessities

A family arriving in Catalina Island

It’s the night before your trip to Catalina Island, and you’re wondering what you should bring with you. Whether you are traveling during the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this blog will be your guide on what is necessary to bring on your getaway.

Some visitors travel to the Island to relax on the beach, while others choose to do the many tours and activities. Depending on how you fill your day, you will need to pack accordingly for your Catalina vacation.

A group of friends in front of the Catalina Express terminal.

All Aboard the Catalina Express

On your journey over to Catalina Island, the boat ride is about an hour to an hour and a half depending on your departure location. Enjoy your ride over with a snack and drink from the galley onboard and gaze out at the magnificent views. You might even spot a whale or dolphin!

Passengers might want to bring some entertainment like a deck of cards, a favorite book or headphones to listens to some tunes on the way to Catalina. If you are looking for extra reading material, grab a copy of the Catalina Express Magazine for some ideas on how to spend your time on Catalina.

Two girls shopping at a local boutique in Avalon.

Your Island Wardrobe

First and foremost, the two essential items to bring with you are comfortable shoes and a light jacket. Comfortable shoes are always recommended because most places in Avalon and Two Harbors are in walking distance from each other. The shoes you wear also make it easier to walk on the unpaved hiking trails and sandy beaches. A majority of the year, it will be necessary to have a jacket with you. On a Catalina Express vessel or the Island, the cool sea breeze could be a little chilly, so a little cover is always nice to have.

Many visitors travel to Catalina Island during the summertime to enjoy a hot day at the beach. For this type of weather, remember to bring sun protection like sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from getting a sunburnt. It wouldn’t be an island getaway without taking a dip in the ocean, so pack your swimsuit and towel. These items will also be necessary for any water activities that people are looking to participate in, such as parasailing or jet skiing.

During the spring and fall, hiking boots are a must. Catalina offers visitors over 165 miles of trails and roads to explore. Ranging from strenuous trails to roads made for an afternoon stroll, there are no shortage of hikes that include amazing views and scenery.

If visitors need to store their items or help getting their luggage, Avalon Blue Line Baggage has lockers available located at Cabrillo Mole near the Catalina Express ticket windows in Avalon and also offer luggage transportation services to your hotel or vacation rental.

Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead visitor center.

Forgot Something?

Did you happen to forget something behind at home? Take a quick stop at the many local shops and convenience stores for any last minute essentials. Avalon’s neighborhood Vons Grocery Store is located right up the street for any food or drink needs. If you are looking for sun, beauty, and health supplies, Leo’s Catalina Drugstore has you covered. They have supplies such as beach items, toys, gifts and souvenirs for any convenient purchases. A little cooler than expected? Grab a jacket from one of the many local shops that can double in an essential and souvenir to remember your trip to Catalina.

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.