Winter Getaway on Catalina Island

By on January 6, 2014
Winter Getaway on Catalina Island

Visiting Catalina Island during off-peak season has myriad perks, from more room to roam, cooler weather to incredible savings. Now through March 2014, Catalina Express and Paradise Hotel Partners offer combination boat and accommodations packages at more than a dozen hotels in Avalon as part of its “Best of Winter” offering.

 From budget to luxury, there is a deal to fit every pocketbook and taste. Following is a sampling of winter offerings; a full listing can be found here at Each package includes round trip transportation on Catalina Express. Hint, several Avalon hotels offer complimentary wine and cheese hour.

The Avalon Hotel The Aurora Hotel: These lovely sister hotels offer breathtaking views from their rooftops, with a 360-degree vista of Avalon and its charming harbor. The Avalon’s captivating fountain in the Garden Patio is just one of its many accouterments. You’ll also discover a fire pit, secluded seating and intricate landscaping. Aurora offers its guests a new level of island hospitality. As soon as you walk through the door you will be surrounded by a modern ambiance characterized by a cosmopolitan lobby with stylish couches for relaxing and an artistic, modern feel. Modern conveniences abound at both hotels. Most rooms feature 42-inch flat screens and high-speed Internet connections are available at no extra charge.

The Best of Winter package offers free boat transportation to/from Avalon, on-island taxi transfers from boat to hotel and continental breakfast. From $395 double occupancy for two nights at The Avalon and $393 at The Aurora, inclusive of taxes, savings of 30 percent.

Hermosa Hotel: The Hermosa Hotel is Catalina Island’s friendly, economy hotel located in the heart of Avalon, just a short 10-15 minute walk from the boat landing, perfect for active guests The Historic Hermosa has been serving guests of the island since 1896 the guest rooms are still small and simple. Many rooms have air conditioningand heating. Includes round trip boat transportation, two passes to each of the following: Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens, Catalina Island Museum and two hour-hour bike rentals. From $179.50 per person, for two nights, savings of 33 percent.

 Hotel Metropole: Centrally located in the heart of Avalon, Catalina’s quaint harbor town, and just steps from the beach, Hotel Metropole is the perfect spot for romantic interludes and family getaways alike. Winter Special includes Continental breakfast, 1 bottle of Champagne, 1 luxury spa basket and starts at $219 double occupancy, per night, plus tax, nearly 30 percent savings.

 Hotel Villa Portofino: Consistently rated one of Avalon’s best hotels, the Hotel Villa Portofino carries on the traditions of a European seaside resort with high quality standards, personalized service and a relaxed Mediterranean charm. The “Limited Package” includes round trip boat transportation, continental breakfast and taxi transfers from boat and hotel. From $101.25 per person, inclusive of tax, with a savings of more than 20 percent.


About Catalina Island and Catalina Express

Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting nearly one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed and built/purchased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations, call 800-429-4601.

 Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are a Shangri-La. This laid-back island town is chock full of places to eat, drink, shop. Catalina has a wealth of natural and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing opportunities are numerous and varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adventures. Independent activities are plentiful, camping, hiking, snub, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments, beach lounging, golf, motor boating, parasailing, fishing, boat rides down the coastline and more.

About Jacqueline Maddison

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rancho Santa Fe Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the ultimate luxury lifestyle.


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