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Catalina Express says 'happy birthday' with free boat ride to Catalina Island

May 16, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles…)

Here's a birthday gift that takes you somewhere -- for free. The Catalina Express ferry service is marking its 30th year by offering a free pass for a round-trip ride to Southern California's Santa Catalina Island to customers on their birthdays.

The deal: To get this deal, start by registering online. You will then receive an e-mail confirmation for a free birthday pass. Once you get the pass, you can make boat reservations leaving from San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point on the mainland and arriving at Avalon or Two Harbors on the island. 

You must begin travel on your actual birthday; you can stay as long as you like, up to 30 days. Also, you must provide a valid photo ID when you pick up your free ticket. For details on acceptable documentation, especially for travelers under age 18, check out the FAQs.

When: The offer is good through April 30, 2012, subject to availability.

Details: This freebie makes for a nice value, even if you just go for the day. Depending on the route, round-trip tickets can cost up to $71.50 for adults (12 and older) and $56 for children, excluding tax, according to the company's website. Children under age 2 can go round trip for $4.

Contact: Catalina Express, (800) 995-4386

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