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Annual Program Highlights Packages Including Round-Trip Boat Transportation and Savings Up to 60 Percent; Island Activities Provide Even More Reasons to Visit 

SAN PEDRO, Calif. (January 23, 2024) – Catalina Island has been named on “best of” lists from small towns, romantic and weekend getaways, scenic ferry rides, islands to visit, to wildlife experiences, trips that don’t require a passport, scuba diving, and outdoor adventure. It’s as famous for its Mediterranean vibe, outdoor activities and open spaces, as for its island-made products, great dining and boutique hotels.
Catalina Express and more than ten hotel partners are sharing its popular “Best of Winter” ferry and hotel packages, providing up to 50 percent off for visitors who enjoy more room to roam and cooler weather, now through March 15, 2024.

With activities galore to experience from the new Rancho Escondido excursion (available spring 2024), eco tours into Catalina’s interior, undersea adventures in a semi-submersible submarine, to kayaking, parasailing, hiking and enjoying the myriad shops and boutiques, many with locally made products, there’s no reason not to stay a night or two in Avalon.

With events such as the 40th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup on February 24, to the California Trail Marathon Championship on March 9, there’s plenty of things to see and do.

From budget to luxury, newly renovated and historic hotels, there is a package to fit every pocketbook and taste. Following is a sampling of winter offerings; a full listing can be found here. Each package includes round-trip boat transportation for two on Catalina Express. Even better, several Avalon hotels offer discounts on activities and tours, complimentary continental breakfast and/or wine and cheese hour. Below is a sampling of some of the Best of Winter packages.

The Avalon Hotel

The Avalon Hotel rests in the heart of Catalina Island. Guests experience the best of the island with its ocean views, private balconies, and delicious complimentary continental breakfast each morning.

The Best of Winter Package includes:

•       Round-trip boat transportation aboard Catalina Express for two
•       Two-night stay in a Garden View room for two
•       Continental breakfast in koi garden patio
•       Taxi from port to hotel and back

Package rates start at $525 per couple, per night, plus tax, based on double occupancy, for a savings of up to 60 percent. Valid for stays Sunday – Thursday, through March 15, 2024. Based on availability, minimum 2-night stay some restrictions may apply. To book, click here.

Bellanca Hotel
Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway or are a frequent guest planning another trip to paradise or seeking out the perfect island adventure, Catalina Island is a unique escape from mainland life. Formerly known as Portofino Hotel, Bellanca is a chic oceanfront oasis.

The Best of Winter Package includes:

•       Round-trip transportation aboard Catalina Express for two departing from Long Beach/San Pedro or Dana Point.
•       Bottle of Sparkling Wine
•       Round tip taxi from port to hotel.

Rates start at $306 double occupancy, plus tax, for a savings of up to 50 percent. You must travel to Catalina Sunday – Thursday and return Monday – Friday. Valid for stays Sunday – Thursday, through March 15, 2024. Based on availability, NO black out dates. Book a Long Beach/San Pedro package or Dana Point package via the hotel’s website.

Catalina Island Company Hotels

Catalina Island Company operates Hotel Atwater, Mt. Ada and Pavilion Hotel in Avalon and Banning House in Two Harbors. Discover the island’s pristine beauty, scenic hiking trails, and breathtaking vistas—without the summer crowds.

The Best of Winter Package includes:

•       Round-trip boat transportation aboard Catalina Express for two

Overnight accommodation at select properties Starting rates below are for double occupancy, per night, plus tax for a savings of up to 27 percent:

•       Atwater: $131 per person
•       Mt Ada: $275 per person
•       Pavilion: $135 per person

Offer is valid for stays through March 15, 2024, with Sunday – Thursday arrivals and Monday – Friday departures. Please note: Pavilion Hotel will be unavailable from December 2023 to February 2024. Click here for more information and to book.

Glenmore Plaza Hotel

The Glenmore Plaza Hotel is Catalina Island’s most established hotel, located steps from the beach in the heart of Avalon.  While the hotel still retains its Victorian Charm, all of its suites and many rooms were recently renovated.  

The Best of Winter Package includes:

•       Round-trip boat transportation aboard Catalina Express for two
•       Overnight accommodation for two in a Premium Queen Room

Offer is valid for stays through March 15, 2024, with Sunday – Thursday arrivals and Monday – Friday departures. King rooms and suites are also available with additional guest capacity. Starting rate of $142 per person is based on double occupancy, per night and represents a savings of 30 percent. To book please visit the Glenmore Plaza Hotel website or call 310.510.0017 or 800.422.8254

About Catalina Island and Catalina Express

Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting over one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed and built/purchased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations, call 800.429.4601, or visit Catalina Express.

Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are a Shangri-La. This laid-back island town is chock full of places to eat, drink and shop. Catalina has a wealth of natural and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing opportunities are numerous and varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, Jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adventures. Independent activities are plentiful, camping, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments, beach lounging, golf, motor boating, parasailing, fishing, boat rides down the coastline and more.