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A Winter Getaway Beckons Just 23 Miles from the Mainland

The allure of the off-season enchants with sunny weather, slim crowds, and discounted hotel & ferry packages at SoCal’s island retreat.
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You don’t have to go far to get away. Just 23 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island entices with an escape from the mainland hustle and a snapshot of life in its simplest yet most spirited form. Enveloping an intriguing dichotomy of adventure activities and laid-back living, the island invites you into a world where there’s room for both kinds of vacationers and the opportunity to experience each concurrently. But the allure doesn’t stop there. Every winter this coveted island ups the ante for those traveling Sunday through Thursday with its Go & Play Winter Getaway package. Whereby is the season that the crowds have cleared, the sun still shines, and the savings are abundant for weekday thrills and island chills. This seasonal package of savings starting at $307 includes 2 round trip tickets upon the Catalina Express and luxe accommodations at Bellanca Hotel.


Departing seven days a week from both Long Beach and Dana Point, the Catalina Express is your ticket to SoCal paradise. Sit back and relax and in just under 90 minutes (and potentially a cocktail and few magical dolphin pod sightings later) you’ll arrive at this historic island full of possibility.


Situated just footsteps from the Avalon Harbor, Bellanca Hotel awaits you with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, another perk of the stay package. Featuring an all-white façade and pops of blue details, this recently remodeled hotel exudes vintage European charm while appealing with modern comforts. Sink into your cozy room featuring a memory foam mattress with the option of quaint courtyard views or stunning ones of the sea. No matter which you choose, all guests are invited to enjoy the hotel’s private sundeck, the perfect place to lounge while marveling at the sailboats swaying in the harbor and the surrounding mountain-scapes. 


Should you choose to leisurely cruise, an idle pace is a welcomed way to wander the island. Browse Avalon’s shops, try a friendly round of putt-putt mini golf, visit the historic casino, or simply post up in the area’s numerous restaurants, like The Naughty Fox, for a lobster roll and the island’s iconic Buffalo Milk beverage as you watch the waves roll in. Sun worshipers are invited to lounge at Descanso Beach Club or catch some rays whilst taking sail. Golf carts are available to show you the sights, but feel free to slow down the pace even further with your complimentary beach cruiser bike from Bellanca. 


Once you’re feeling rested and ready, switch gears into all the island action. Strap into a zip line or scuba dive the depths of the cove. Explore the spectacular reef just off the shore via kayaks and paddleboards available for rent. By foot the Trans Catalina hiking trail provides over 38 miles of exploration and sweeping views from its highest peak or choose a bird’s eye view parasailing high above the beauty below.


Visit or call 800-995-4386 for the boat schedule then enter requested times in the arrival info when booking the Go & Play Winter Weekday Getawayavailable November 5th-March 15th through Bellanca Hotel.

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