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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
Phone Number: +1 800-481-3470
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.

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I am most familiar with the Catalina Boats in Newport but was happy to experience the Dana Point boats. THey have smaller boats so you dont to wait in line with 600 people and... read more

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Signal Hill, California
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Signal Hill, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am most familiar with the Catalina Boats in Newport but was happy to experience the Dana Point boats. THey have smaller boats so you dont to wait in line with 600 people and fight for seats. Staff is nice and parking is close

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Morton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Boat left on time, both to and from Catalina. Clean. RR working, that's important. Comfortable seats indoors, outside stern location was nice and we enjoyed the beautiful weather. crew was helpful, friendly. Make r3eservations. Arrive early, as you have to drive a couple easy blocks to long term parking and walk back, once you get your boarding passes. it's nice... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was such a nice boat! We sat on the top deck even though it was a little chilly. Some went inside too. With the advice from my daughter, I brought a warm hat for the ride. It was such a good idea because it was windy. We loved it. It was my husband's birthday, so his ride was free!

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

On time and great ride to Caltalina. The boat wasn't to crowded and handled well. I'd use them again.

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Chula Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We are glad there is a boat leaving from Dana Point, as we are from San Diego, meaning there is no need to drive through LA traffic. We arrived a little early, ate lunch and shopped at the harbor. We purchased long-term parking and walked our luggage from the parking area to the pier (could have dropped off my husband... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Good location of boat! Comfortable seats and reasonable priced bar serving soft drinks and alcohol. Gets busy, so book in advance. Great, that you are allowed to stand by for earier departure feom Catalina Island if they have space available!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was my first time traveling to Catalina Island. I researched the trip and felt prepared. If I did not do my research I would have been a little confused by the Catalina Express parking situation. If you book a trip be sure to read all of the details and expectations. Overall this was a fun experience and the staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

First time to Catalina Island. It was a great experience and will do it again. Boat ride to the island was great!

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had a wedding in Catalina last month and had a great time! Everyone on the island was very accommodating. Our wedding planner, Cathy Machado, was so very helpful, and Tracy at Bloom Floral was outstanding! The M Restaurant was amazing and served a delicious luncheon on their lovely patio. The Inn at Mt. Ada was the perfect place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This express boat to Catalina is the best way to go. Would recommend upgrading so that you have a cabin experience and better seating.

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