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An island vacation right here in California
Boarding the Catalina Express at Dana Point, we have the feeling we're going to escape Southern California traffic and congestion in VERY short order. We are right. Within minutes, we're "at sea" in the channel between L.A. and Catalina Island – no horns honking, no crawling along the freeway and no worries.

We're on our way to Avalon, the picturesque little town A couple frolicking on the Catalina Island beachbuilt near the southern tip of Catalina Island. It's just a 75-minute ride from the dock at Dana Point, and even a shorter distance from other points closer to L.A. Our slight trepidation about potential seasickness quickly evaporates as we see how well our sleek craft cuts through the moderate waves on what will become a perfect sunny day.

Everyone knows about California beach vacations, but Catalina is where you take your Southern California vacation experience one step further: This is an island vacation.
Catalina Island Lodging
(For recommended restaurants and activities, please see below)

Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa
888 Country Club Drive PO Box 736
Avalon, CA  90704
Ph: 310-510-0325   Fx: 310-510-0900
Located just off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a convenient escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Our relaxed atmosphere is ideal for a romantic escape, family vacation or weekend business retreat. The Catalina Canyon Resort operates one of the few Day Spas on the Island with services and amenities designed to ensure maximum comfort and convenience. Enjoy California Cuisine or your favorite beverage in the Canyon Bar & Grill or take a dip in the hotel's heated outdoor pool. Free shuttle service to and from the downtown plaza, boat and helicopter terminals.
Recommended Activities

Catalina Express
95 Berth
San Pedro, CA  90731
Ph: 800-481-3470   
More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, Our fleet takes you to or from Catalina in just over an hour with up to 30 daily departures year round from Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point, Avalon and Two Harbors. The fleet consists of eight high-speed vessels including four catamarans. The largest vessel in operation, the Catalina Jet has the capacity to carry nearly 500 passengers across the channel. Catalina Express partners with more than 20 hotels on the island to offer the best prices on getaway packages.
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