Catalina Island Inn Hotel – 125 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA
Many Fun & Convenient Ways to travel to Catalina Island.
When you arrive you may feel like you’re in another world. But Catalina Island is actually located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. There are many fast and hassle-free transportation options to travel to Catalina Island from a variety of Southern California ports including Long Beach, Dana Point, Newport Beach and San Pedro.
One-Hour Boat Ride
Fresh ocean breezes, frolicking dolphins and watching for whales are all part of a boat trip to Catalina Island. The boats boast comfortable seats, a snack bar and a range of libations of the over-21 variety.
Catalina Express: largest company also has the most boats and most departures. They operate from San Pedro, Dana Point and two ports in Long Beach. Call (800) 995-4386. http://catalinaexpress.com/
Catalina Passenger Service: The Newport Flyer operates out of Newport Beach. their seasonal schedules change frequently. Please call for timetables and reservations. Call (800) 830-7744.
Directions to Catalina Island Inn from the Avalon Boat Terminal
Directions to Hotel from Boat Terminal: When you get off the boat you will be on Pebbly Beach Road. Go to the right toward town. Crescent Avenue is the harbor front pedestrian only street (it runs along the waterfront with shops and restaurants). Continue past the green “Pleasure Pier” in the center of downtown, approximately 4 blocks, to Metropole Avenue (past US Bank on the left and the Bluewater Avalon on the right), make a left on Metropole Avenue, go 1/3 block up and we are on the right hand side next to Von’s Supermarket. Across the street is the Santa Catalina Island Company offices.
Spectacular 15-Minute Helicopter Ride
If you’re in a hurry to get here or the seas make you queasy, Island Express is the way to go. Those “26 Miles Across the Sea” go by in 15 minutes if you’re in a helicopter. Unlike the boats you’ll have to forego the snack bar and libations, but you’ll get a spectacular trip and the adrenaline rush of flight to make up for it.
Heliports are located in San Pedro and Long Beach.
Call (800) 228-2566
Out-of-State Airlines Arrivals
If you live out of state, you’ll probably want to fly into one of the nearby Southern California coastal airports and then take a helicopter or boat to Catalina Island. Long Beach Airport is the most convenient to Catalina Island, or you can choose to arrive at John Wayne in Orange County or Los Angeles International Airport.
Airport Shuttle to the Boat Terminals
There are a number of shuttle companies that will pick you up at the airport and bring you to a nearby port, where you may catch a boat or helicopter over to Catalina Island. We recommend Karmel Shuttle, 888-995-7433
Boat and Hotel Packages Available
Special money saving packages are available combining boat transportation & tours with your Catalina Island hotel accommodations.