Catalina Express offers travelers quick and easy access to Avalon through its fleet of high-speed ferries departing daily from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point.
The remodeled San Pedro port is conveniently located on the waterfront promenade, within close proximity to restaurants and hotels. If you arrive early, you may want to grab a beer and a bite at the Catalina Bistro & Express Grill, or take some time to explore the USS Iowa — the West Coast's only battleship museum. Once aboard the ferry, be sure to make your way to the top deck, where you can take in the sights as the mainland fades into the distance. The voyage takes only an hour and, for those susceptible to seasickness, the ferries are equipped with an advanced ride control system that makes for a smooth journey.
And, happening now until December 31, 2016, Catalina Express is offering the Ride Free on Your Birthday special to commemorate 35 years in business and the fifth anniversary of the birthday promotion!
If you're in a hurry, you can get to Catalina by helicopter or plane and land at Airport in the Sky, located six miles northwest of Avalon. Once there, order a meal at the airport's restaurant DC-3 Gifts & Grill.