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Catalina Island: Low-cost hotel offers that include ferry tickets

May 21, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Kids play at the beach at Avalon on Catalina Island.
Kids play at the beach at Avalon on Catalina Island. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles…)

Anyone who needs a quick, inexpensive getaway that's within an hour of Los Angeles, here's a great idea with a great price: Catalina Island packages that come with ferry ticket and hotel starting at just $59 a night per person. 

The deal: These Catalina Express Packages allow you to choose from 20 hotels in Avalon. Each hotel offers a different deal, and best prices are offered for Sunday-Thursday stays. A handy map on the website shows you how close each one is to the beach. (Travel-Ticker tipped us to this deal and highlights some of the savings.)

When: Deadline for offers varies by hotel and is subject to availability. Check terms of each deal online.

Tested: The cheapest package I found was offered at the Seacrest Inn at 201 Claressa Ave. The cost is $59 a person a night (based on double occupancy) with a required two-night stay. The deal is good indefinitely Sundays-Thursdays.

I called and found the first two weeks in June booked up but availability for June 18-21 and June 25-28. The offer is good only for the smallish Dolphin Room at the inn that features one queen-sized bed. Still, the price comes to $118 a person for two nights, including the round-trip ferry ticket that costs about $70 per person.

Contact: Catalina Express Packages

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