Locals Love: Catalina Express

Did you know Catalina Island is only about an hour away by boat? Why spend a lot of money and all day traveling to an island for vacation when we have a great island just a short distance away. The Catalina Express provides year-round boat service to Catalina Island. We take it from downtown Long Beach, but you can also take it from San Pedro to the cities of Avalon and Two Harbors. Cost is reasonable at less than $75 for a standard round trip. You can upgrade your ticket to the Commodore’s Lounge or Captain’s Lounge for an additional fee.

More than one million passengers set sail annually on board the Catalina Express fleet of eight boats. Since the Catalina Express first set sail in 1981 with one 60-passenger boat, 30 million passengers have used this service.

Catalina Express operates the fastest, most comfortable vessels to Catalina Island, featuring sleek fiberglass hulls, state-of-the-art stabilizers that smooth out 90 percent of the roll, and high-tech navigational equipment and radio communications systems for safe channel crossing. For these reasons, Catalina Express is one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets.

If you are one to get nauseous from riding in a boat, take an OTC drug like Dramamine 30 minutes before the trip or use a skin patch that is often applied behind the ear. Check with a doctor if you have concerns about the safety of the drugs. Other tips: face the direction you are traveling, keep your eyes on the horizon, snack on crackers or purchase acupressure bands to go on your wrists. The good news is that most people won’t need any of this because the boat rides are relatively smooth.

26 miles across the sea

Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me

Santa Catalina, the island of romance.”

-Lyrics from hit song 26 Miles by the Four Preps. It reached #2 on Billboard charts in 1958.-


We encourage you to go for a day, a weekend or longer and enjoy the magic of Catalina Island. Discover why the Beach Team and Locals Love to get there via Catalina Express.




Article prepared by John Rudy, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance: 562-940-5440 – [email protected]


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