The weather couldn't have been nicer. It was perfect. The ferry ride out of Newport beach harbor was just right for the little ones because it really wasn't long & they loved the idea of being on a big boat. We saw dolphins as soon as we left the harbor, and sea otters a little ways out. The ferry can be pricey when you have a big family like us. I was lucky enough to find groupons for the adult tickets and then the children's tickets were only about $6. We packed our snacks for the ferry and took plenty of water bottles in the stroller. Food was as expensive as you would expect at any tourist destination.
We rented a golf cart (about $140 for 3-hours, seating 6 people) once we landed, but I think you can get better rates if you reserve it beforehand online. We raced around the island all day and had a blast!
I think the next time we are there, I really want to sign the family up for snorkeling. Catalina is said to be the best kept secret for the variety in underwater life. That may be another trip idea for this summer!
|seagull vs. otter (the fish won!)|