Taking a ride on a ferry, unlike taking a ferry for a ride, doesn’t require the installation of a reinforced suspension and fuel-tank-sized cupholders. Let the ferry do the driving with today’s Groupon: for $44, you get a round-trip ferry ride from Marina Del Rey to Catalina Island from Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer (an $89 value).
The boats surge year-round to one of two ports on Catalina Island, Two Harbors, or Avalon. Aboard the ship’s sleek 90-foot confines, sailors can sit indoors and practice pinky-pointing technique with a drink from the full bar. Outdoorsy guests can take to the observation deck on the bow to spot whales, dolphins, and neophyte teleporters or let the sea breeze braid their hair on the upper deck’s open-air seating.
Once docked at Catalina, visitors can spend a day relaxing on the beach and browsing through the island’s charming shops and galleries or stay for a week and scope out every adventure, from scuba diving and parasailing to hiking and golfing. No matter how long visitors’ island escape lasts, the ferry will take vacationers back to Marina Del Rey when they’re ready to go.
Marina del Rey
13737 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292