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Old 03-23-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Wondering best ways to visit and which are cheaper or more worth the money, any tips on savings or passes etc.

would you take children or just go with sig other?
things to do that are worth the money?
best way to get around on the island vs money?

is it better to stay a night or just visit for day?

thanks for any input
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Wondering best ways to visit and which are cheaper or more worth the money, any tips on savings or passes etc.

would you take children or just go with sig other?
things to do that are worth the money?
best way to get around on the island vs money?

is it better to stay a night or just visit for day?

thanks for any input
Glass Bottom Boat - Catalina Island Tours
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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my advice is to not go. it's expensive to get there and rather boring. unless you have little kids, who don't really care where you take them, you'll probably be bored once you've completed the 10-15 walk around the harbor. i've heard there is good scuba diving there, but that's about it.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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TAKE YOUR KIDS otherwise they'll end up like me having to admit that although I lived in California for over 50 years and have been to New Zealand, for pity's sake, I've never been to Catalina.

It's tremendously sad. And embarrassing.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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Disagree -- I was blown away when we came up to the vista of Catalina Island from the ferry. I thought it looked like Monaco! We later took a tour of the island, and the views at the top were incredible, plus wildlife sightings. The main street of town was cute and the beach is small. I think a day trip would suffice....we stayed a couple days and kind of ran out of things to do.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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Catalina Island is out of this world. It reminds me of Capri Island
in Italy. Go ahead and visit it, it's not over crowded either. Don't
listen to any of the people who say otherwise.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Wondering best ways to visit and which are cheaper or more worth the money, any tips on savings or passes etc.

would you take children or just go with sig other?
things to do that are worth the money?
best way to get around on the island vs money?

is it better to stay a night or just visit for day?

thanks for any input
Take the kids, stay for the day.......there is plenty to do for one day...(especially if it's warm)...and you might like it enough to go back later on...

The ferries going over and back are always loaded with kids.....kids with suitcases, kids with bikes, kids with fishing poles, kids with sack lunches, kids with sleeping bags, kids with cameras and binocs, kids with back packs, kids with towels and swim suits....I see them all the time......

This time of year the ocean isn't warm, however you might see some whales on the way over......
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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Love this. My grand daughter wants to go to Catalina for her special trip, with me.

I went one time and just thought it was sunshiney beautiful, yeh--like European resorts. The tour was s0-0-0
interesting. And I just hung out, perusing the neat shops and menus.

So, another time, I took my husband. First time he ever got sea sick was on that catamaran, over. Then, it was so darned cold. Then, the interesting tour guide that I had previously, had turned into a bar fly who gave little WWII info, hardly knew who Zane Grey was, but waved copiously, at all her bar fly friends as she passed them, spending our valuable time laughing at them.

Go figure. Happens everytime you brag up something.
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I went 2x in my life: When a child & I was old enough to remember going to the Wrigley House, taking a tour & it being a rather large hustling place. But everything seems bigger when you're a kid. Then I decided to go in my early 30s w/ my boyfriend who had never gone, so we took Catalina Express. That's the most boring place we'd ever been to. It reminds me of a dilapidated, old sleepy town. If you just want a change of scenery & a quiet place to read a book, that's the place for you...not that I'm a partier/drinker at all. We did the glass bottom boat tour & aside from a couple of non exciting fish, there was nothing to see. We ate lunch at this seafood restaurant. It took us a couple of hrs to walk around & we departed earlier than we originally planned. The couple shops that there were were overly priced & had nothing unique. Other shops I saw were closed.

You can't pay me to go there again. But below is a discussion baord about it:

Catalina Island Forums
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