Time to Celebrate : Catalina Express

Time to Celebrate

A group of friends enjoying the view of Avalon.

It’s time to celebrate those special occasions in life. Catalina Island is the perfect setting to celebrate your next milestone, family reunion, wedding or any other occasion.

Splurge on your celebratory occasion with upgraded seating in the Commodore Lounge on your Catalina Express departure. Commodore Lounge seating includes priority boarding and reclining seats with a complimentary snack and beverage. Make sure to look out for any sea animals on the way to Avalon!

For groups of 20 or more people traveling on the Catalina Express, contact our Group Sales department to receive further information on group rates and availability!

An event held in the Casino ballroom

Island Style

Catalina Island is home to many different and unique banquet options for your next event or special occasion. Depending on the ambiance you would like to present, there are venues ranging from tropical outdoor spaces to artistic indoor galleries.

Bring the theme of your party back in time with Catalina Museum for Art & History and their extensive exhibits of the Island’s past. The Museum’s modern architecture offers five event spaces to choose from for any special occasion.

Catalina Island Company houses four venue spots that are located with oceanfront and hillside views. The iconic Catalina Casino will create an elegant atmosphere to your event in the Casino Ballroom or Avalon Theatre. For a more private location that provides both a casual and classic ambiance, the Catalina Country Club has four different meeting spaces to fit your needs. Elevate your event with a beachside venue at Descanso Beach Club for an outdoor oasis. Catherine’s Terrace at Descanso Beach Club is also a perfect fit for an indoor event with beachside views of the ocean.

An event on the outside patio of Toyon Grill

Catalina Canyon Inn is a traditional scenic resort located on the hills of Avalon. This venue space will provide you with on-site catering services and many different amenities making your event convenient and easy to plan.

Located in downtown Avalon on Crescent Ave is Hotel Metropoles event spaces. The M Restaurant and Event Venue offers an intimate setting in their indoor space and oceanfront patio. Dine at your event with an Italian flair made with fresh ingredients.

For any event big or small, Toyon Grill is the ideal venue that overlooks Avalon Bay. The space includes both indoor and outdoor dining with a meeting and event space. Toyon Grill also features an event menu of a seated three course meal or the option of a buffet-style meal. 

To learn more about venue space or planning an event on Catalina, read the “Meet Island Style” article in the Catalina Express Magazine.

People on the ropes course of the Catalina Aerial Adventure

Group Activities

Celebrate your special occasion with an adventure. Catalina has you covered with a variety of different activities for larger groups. Located near the Descanso Beach venues, the Catalina Aerial Adventure is a challenge as you climb through trees on five different self-guided courses. For an on the ground excursion, rent a golf cart with Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals and ride around town on this self-guided tour looking for the best views of Avalon Bay. Experience the crystal-clear water on a kayak, stand up paddle board or snorkel with rentals from Wet Spot Rentals and paddle along the Catalina coastline.

A hotel room at Catalina Canyon Inn.

Overnight Celebration

Make it an overnight celebration by staying at one of the many convenient hotels on Catalina Island. Within close quarters of the venue, Catalina Canyon Inn also welcomes guests who need a comfortable place to rest. For a more secluded stay, Hotel Metropole’s Beach House is conveniently located near restaurants and shops with an oceanfront view. For more hotels, visit CatalinaExpress.com to pick the perfect stay for you and your guests with our boat and hotel packages on Catalina Island!

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.