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Catalina Express Dana Point

Catalina express dana point

For those of us who don’t drive very often, we appreciate the Catalina Express for providing a Catalina Island Ferry service to Dana Point. Without this boat, my girlfriend probably would have never considered coming to visit catalina island. That being said, this boat is definitely a game changer for those of you who reside in the lower portion of Sunny Southern California. Once the Catalina Express leaves Dana Point Harbor, passengers can expect a 1-1/2 hour ride to Catalina Island. With the harbor conveniently located off Interstate 5, this is a great way to experience more of Southern California if you’re visiting nearby San Diego or Orange County. If you wish, arrive early for your ferry ride to enjoy Dana Points two marinas, stores, restaurants, and park with picnic areas.
Aboard this comfortable vessel, sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful waterfront views as you are delivered to Avalon, the southernmost city of Los Angeles County. Once you disembark your ferry, you are a 5-minute walk from the downtown area. The pedestrian-friendly town regulates how many cars are allowed on the island, so much so that there is even a waiting list to own a car there! Stroll along the quiet, picturesque waterfront to enjoy shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment all at your own pace.

The Catalina Island ferry service operates daily (schedule varies by season) and accommodates bikes, surfboards and strollers, giving you the flexibility to travel how you please.

Image of the Catalina Express boat that services Dana Point docking in Avalon Bay



Park briefly in the short-term lot to purchase your tickets and parking pass for the long-term lot. For the sailings between June 17th and September 5th, allow an extra 30 minutes to move your car to long-term parking, and walk back or shuttle to the Catalina Express dock.

Parking is $14 per day
Parking related questions? Please call: (949) 496-5794 ext. 7 (not for reservations)


34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629