Mom's Catalina Getaway : Catalina Express

Mom's Catalina Getaway

Mother and sons sitting on bench

It is time to surprise mom with a trip to Catalina Island where she can enjoy family time and create memorable moments to last a lifetime. To make planning easy, check out a couple travel tips, so you can sit back and relax on this fun-filled vacation.

Glenmore Plaza Hotel room


Catalina Island offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy memorable quality time with your mom.  Create more memories by spending the night at one of Avalon's hotels that range from budget friendly to luxury. Save on your stay and ferry ride by booking a Boat and Hotel package. Many packages include additional amenities such as continental breakfast, discounts on tours or wine and hors-d'oeuvre receptions.

Two Girls Kayaking


The Island is known as a premier destination to relax and explore the outdoors with room to roam. What better way to appreciate the scenery and take in some fresh air on Catalina than to rent a bike from Brown’s Bikes rental. They have a great map of bike routes from easy, medium to advanced rides.

Afterwards explore Catalina’s coastline by renting a kayak from Wet Spot Rentals. Kayaking is so user-friendly and no experience is necessary. They provide instructions and life jackets. Kayakers get to see the Garibaldi and all the unique Catalina sea life.

If you are looking for a thrill ride, Catalina Island has a zip line that will have you flying down Descanso Canyon at speeds approaching 35 mph. The tour ends at Descanso Beach Club where you can rest in a private cabana and you can talk about your adrenaline-filled fun over lunch and beach time.

On the way back to the hotel, take a stroll along Crescent Ave to browse the fun boutique shops for a little retail therapy. Mom will be sure to find the perfect keepsake to remember her fun time on the Island.

Before you leave, treat mom to a relaxing spa treatment. A Touch of Heaven Day Spa is the perfect place to unwind and is located right in the middle of town. The spa offers a variety of packages including “Queen for the Day”, which is three hours and 45 minutes of treatments that will make mom feel like the Queen she is.

Coconut shrimp from Steve's Steakhouse


Catalina’s culinary scene will delight your mom and maybe give her the opportunity to try new things. Known for fresh seafood and island-inspired cocktails, visitors and locals enjoy the variety of options with new places springing up regularly like The Cove Bar & Grill and The Naughty Fox.

The Island currently put their own twist on outside dining with some restaurants even serving beachside. This is an experience you will not want to miss. Where else can you enjoy your meal with your toes in the sand? If you are looking for steak and seafood, Steve’s Steakhouse and Seafood is a delicious dinner option that is current serving beachside. Their coconut shrimp will become mom’s new favorite appetizer. 

When planning your foodie experience, we recommend visiting the Love Catalina website to see restaurants’ business hours and if you can make a reservation ahead of time.

Remember to make your boat reservation early to ensure your ideal travel times. If you are not sure mom’s schedule, present her with a Catalina Express gift card on Mother’s Day, so you can plan the getaway together.

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.