AVALON, Calif. — Just an hourlong ferry ride from Los Angeles, Catalina Island is enjoying a renaissance. After years of declining tourism, businesses here have spent more than $40 million updating this quaint island town. Hotels have been remodeled and Catalina Island is the perfect weekend retreat for the Angeleno who wants to get away from it all. Just an hour’s ferry ride away from Long Beach Harbor, the idyllic locale is a great recipe for relaxation with its plethora of restaurants, hikes and Catalina Express runs several ferries a day to and from Catalina from both Long Beach and Dana Point and, occasionally, San Pedro. Cost is $36.25 one way. More information: www.catalinaexpress.com. By air: Island Express has 15-minute helicopter flights Vessel operations were halted at two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach. Catalina Express ferry service to the island canceled all Wednesday morning boats, but resumed normal service after 2 p.m., officials said. Harvey estimated that the damage Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: Information about transportation, accommodations, activities and special deals, 310-510-1520, www.catalinachamber.com. Ferry rides Catalina Flyer: You can book tours, hotel stays and more at this Alan and I met up in downtown Long Beach that Friday after work and took the last Catalina Express ferry to Catalina Island’s main port, the town of Avalon. Upon our arrival, we stopped by the Hotel Atwater to pick up our campsite reservation paperwork and .
The Catalina Express ferry company does its best to kick off passenger vacations well before customers reach the gentle shores of Santa Catalina Island, some 22 miles west of Los Angeles. Pay a bit extra for the 60-to-75 minute cruise and you enter the Known just as Catalina Island or Catalina to its friends and the car is going to need to stay back on the mainland. Ferry service is available from a couple spots along the California coast, but it seems like the major route heads back and forth After being intrigued by Catalina Island for over 30 years, I set the course for a three-night excursion. Once I deciphered the seasonal ferry schedule, the journey to the only privately owned island of the eight Channel Islands (five of the others are a A one-hour ferry ride to the island of Santa Catalina gives visitors A package tour sponsored by Santa Catalina Island Co. is also available that combines heli-biking or hiking in the backcountry with an overnight stay at the waterfront Pavilion .