Want to go to Catalina for a day? Hop on board the Catalina Express at Dana Point Harbor, with three departure times on the weekends from Dana Point to Avalon.
Reservations are recommended and can be made via their toll free number: (800)481-3470, or through their website: www.catalinaexpress.com. The trip to Catalina will take about one hour from Dana Point Harbor.
About Catalina Island: There are two main towns on Catalina Island: Avalon and Two Harbors. Avalon is by far the more popular tourist destination, and offers a variety of activities to choose from, so whether you are looking for adventure, or relaxation, you are sure to find it in Avalon.
Avalon: Activities: Are you interested in swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, golfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, shopping, strolling the museum and art galleries, a day at a spa, guided sightseeing tours or renting golf carts to explore the island on their own? Avalon has it all, and is sure to keep you busy. Before you disembark for Catalina, make sure you have a hearty breakfast to give you the energy you need. Try the Catalina Bagel and a cappuccino from the Coffee Importers, located at the Dana Point Harbor below El Torito to give you a strong start before your day trip to Avalon.
Catalina Island Museum
The Catalina Island Museum is situated on the ground floor of the historic Casino Building. Discover over 7,000 years of history of Santa Catalina Island through dozens of exciting exhibits. The knowledgeable staff at the museum will help you to understand the unique history of Catalina Island and help you to get the most out of your visit.
While Avalon offers visitors one experience of Catalina, with it’s many great restaurants, shops, and museums, Two Harbors offers another experience of Catalina. While in Two Harbors, take in the rural surroundings of Catalina’s interior, which is located on the west end at the island’s Isthmus. Many outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, or kayaking can be enjoyed. Or explore Catalina’s interior where you can see plant and animal life that isn’t found anywhere else! Visitors may spot fox, quail, buffalo, and even bald eagles while hiking along well-marked trails.
After a day of sight seeing and water activities on Catalina, you’ll look forward to heading back to the beautiful Dana Point Harbor to enjoy the golden orange sunset from one of the many fabulous water-front restaurants. Check out the for their famous Mai-Tai and their special grilled artichoke- a fresh artichoke grilled then topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Delicious!