Easy & Affordable Island Vacations : Catalina Express

Easy & Affordable Island Vacations

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Many people want a relaxing island vacation to lounge, play and adventure but think such a trip is outside of their budget. An island vacation doesn’t have to leave a massive dent in your wallet. On Catalina Island, you can find affordable accommodations, inexpensive restaurants and reasonably priced activities to create the island getaway of a lifetime. For decades, Catalina Island has been a favorite destination for island vacations. It is a wonderful place for families and friends in Southern California to visit because of its exceptional accessibility, affordability and authenticity.

Catalina Island is an Easy Place to Visit

Catalina Island is close to some of America’s largest cities; yet, when you visit, you feel so far removed from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s like you’re in another world, even though the Island is only about an hour boat ride away. If you’re visiting from Southern California, it would take longer to drive through downtown Los Angeles than it would to travel to Catalina Island – and Catalina Island is much less frustrating than Los Angeles! You don’t have to deal with traffic lights, freeways, car accidents, large crowds and all the other woes that accompany major cities. It’s also way more fun to travel to a destination via boat than it is an airplane. If you’re going on a plane you have to deal with security, pat downs, lost luggage and all sorts of traveling hassles. If you are going through that with a family, good luck!

Traveling to Catalina Island on a boat is a much more relaxing experience. In fact, the boat ride is an awesome journey in itself. Your vacation starts as soon as you board Catalina Express. You can see dolphins, whales and lots of beautiful scenery that produces a peaceful experience. No matter the time, there’s always a show that is put on by nature. And you can conveniently begin this journey on Catalina Express boats via San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point. We make it really fast and pleasant to get to Catalina Island.

Enjoy an Affordable Island Vacation

If you’re traveling on a limited budget, you will find that Catalina Island provides a lot of bang for your buck. Vacationers can get an inexpensive round-trip boat ride to Catalina Island through Catalina Express and may enjoy many great deals on snacks, drinks, and seating upgrades along the way.

Once you’re on the Island, there are many California vacation packages that provide memorable hotel experiences for amazing prices. Many of the hotels include complimentary breakfasts that will help you start the day energized and save costs on daily morning meals.

Catalina Island is not only known for its affordable boat and hotel accommodations, it’s known for its incredible selection of island activities. Because of the endless list of things to do, Catalina Island has become famous to couples, friends, families and individuals desiring an island vacation. Whether you want to relax on the serene beaches or keep busy with kayaking, snorkeling and island tours, there are many Catalina Island deals that will provide you the most budget-friendly island vacation ever.

Everyone Should Experience an Island Vacation

Island vacations are a winning combination of refreshment, privacy and adventure – being on an island is different than anything else you’ve ever experienced. Alongside resort towns complete with restaurants, hotels and recreational activities, you have more open, undeveloped land on an island. Catalina Island is unlike other islands in the sense that 88% of the Island is authentic and undeveloped. It’s like going back in time because most of the land is the exact same way it was a thousand years ago. This unprecedented island preservation is what the Catalina Island Conservancy prides themselves on: pure, natural beauty.

There’s something about an island that puts people at ease. People are simply friendlier to each other on island communities. You really feel the phrase, “I’m on island time” come to life. The private and serene island experience gives you a completely different sense of time. The two communities on Catalina Island, Avalon and Two Harbors, have that small town feeling as if everyone knows each other and no one is in a hurry. These communities feel like you are really far away from everything and that you’re in a really special place – a place separated from all your troubles. People who visit the Island think they’ve had a much longer vacation because it feels exclusive and special.

Lastly, island vacations are a must because there is so much going on to keep you out of the hotel and in the presence of nature’s beauty. Catalina Island has zip lines, island tours, social events and all sorts of ocean activities that will provide unforgettable memories. There are no waves on Catalina Island which is great for snorkelers, scuba divers, and kayakers who want to move through the ocean without resistance – not to mention the water quality is incredible! You can completely see through the water and it’s a whole level above what you’ll experience on other islands.

Water is life on Catalina Island. The Conservancy and USC Marine Lab work really hard to preserve its cleanliness and clarity. As a result, the water is gorgeous. It blows every other California beach out of the water, even Redondo Beach and Laguna Beach. If there are storms or someone drops an item into the ocean, the water will get cleaned up really fast so that the Island remains an amazing experience for both marine life and visitors.

Catalina Island is untouched land surrounded by crystal clear water. The natural land underneath the water includes an amazing kelp forest. Catalina Adventure Tours offers glass bottom boat rides that invite travelers to experience the ocean wonder for themselves. There’s also a submarine which allows visitors to see through the water and feed the fish, so you can experience amazing ocean life. The ocean scenery and natural environment is just so beautiful. Once you come back from Catalina Island, you’ll be so impressed with the affordability, accessibility, and authenticity that you’ll forever have a new standard for vacations.

Visit Catalina Island and start your island vacation today by  making a reservation on board Catalina Express!

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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.
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