|The first step to enjoying the beautiful wildlands of Catalina is to schedule a way to get here. The Island is about 20 miles off the California mainland and by boat it takes a little more than an hour to get to the Island.
Catalina Express (310) 519-1212, Long Beach
San Pedro Terminal, Berth 95
Take the 110 Freeway south to San Pedro. Exit at Harbor Blvd. And follow the signs to the Catalina Express Terminal – San Pedro that is located under the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
Long Beach Downtown Landing – 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Take the 710 Freeway south into Long Beach. Stay in the left lane, follow the signs to Downtown and the Aquarium and exit Golden Shore. Turn right at the stop sign, follow around to terminal on the right. Parking is to the left of the terminal.
Dana Point Terminal, 34675 Golden Lantern, at Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
From L.A. take I-5 Freeway south and exit at Pacific Coast Highway. From San Diego take I-5 Freeway north and exit at Beach Cities, Highway #1 off-ramp. Take a left at the second signal, Dana Point Harbor Drive, then left at Golden Lantern, which dead ends at Dana Harbor parking lot.
Catalina Flyer (949) 673-5245, Newport Beach
Newport Terminal – Take the I-5 Freeway to the 55 Freeway south which turns into Newport Blvd. Take a left on Balboa Blvd. To Palm Street where you will take a right and follow the signs for the Catalina Flyer.
Catalina Explorer (877) 432-6276, Long Beach
Pine Avenue Pier - From the 710/Long Beach Fwy South take the Downtown/Aquarium exit which becomes shoreline drive. Follow the Convention Center signs (blue) to Pine Avenue. Turn right into cul-de-sac for luggage/passenger drop off and instructions for proper parking.
We recommend that you plan to arrive one hour before the boat’s departure. With some companies, if you have not checked in 30 minutes before the boat departs your reservation will be canceled and your ticket will be nonrefundable. The trip takes approximately one hour. If you are prone to seasickness, Bonine or Dramamine may be advisable.
Traveling by boat through one of the providers listed above is perhaps the most common method of transportation to Catalina for the 1 million or so people who visit the Island each year, there is also a helicopter service or you may wish to fly into Airport in the Sky yourself.
Island Express Helicopter Service
Provides 15-minute helicopter transportation from San Pedro or Long Beach. For information and reservations call (800) 228-2566.
Terminal Building - 1175 Queens Hwy Long Beach, CA 90802
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