Catalina Island, just an hour by boat from the Los Angeles area, has crystal clear waters and cool ocean breezes. It was immortalized in song as the island of romance and is also a Birthday Island.
More than 25 million passengers have cruised aboard the Catalina Express since it began in 1981. Over 350,000 people have enjoyed complimentary passage during the five years of the Ride Free on Your Birthday program.
This program is good through December 31, 2016 from all of Catalina Express’ mainland or island ports. The savings for adults is up to $76.50 round trip.
The free ride is valid only on the passenger’s actual birthday and is subject to availability. The return trip may be taken within thirty days.
To qualify for the free ride preregister and make a reservation online at CatalinaExpress.com. Present the printed Free Pass and a valid ID at check-in.
In addition, over forty deals, discounts, and freebies are offered Catalina Island hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Go to the Catalina Express website to download the Birthday Island PDF and for updates and additional details.
Current Birthday Island offers include:
Parasailing — Island Water Charters offers a free parasailing flight for the birthday person with any paid flight. Birthday person must fly tandem and call to make reservations for this birthday offer, which is subject to availability. Boarding is from the Green Pier.
Bicycling — Bicycle rentals are the perfect way to explore Avalon. On guest’s birthday, rent a bike for two hours at Brown’s Bike and get the rest of the day until 5pm + a bottle of water. (310) 510-0986
Climbing Wall — Climb the Descanso Climbing Wall and get an additional climb for free on your birthday. Open weekends and holidays only.
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden — Receive complimentary admission on your birthday.
Get a free meal on your birthday from the twenty item Birthday Menu at Buffalo Nickel Restaurant. This deal is good only on the guest’s actual birthday and is limited to one free meal per birthday. Valid ID must be shown. Free shuttle service is offered to and from the restaurant. (310) 510-1323
The birthday person gets a free 12 ounce cup of gourmet coffee at the Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. Must wear Catalina Express birthday ribbon and provide an email address. May be required to show ID. (310) 510-CHIP (2447)
Come by Lloyd’s of Avalon on your birthday Lloyd’s for a treat:
*Free Scoop of Ice Cream
*Buy one pound of Catalina Salt Water Taffy and get an extra 1/4 Pound FREE
*Buy any iced coffee drink or smoothie and get a second of equal or lesser value 1/2 off
Must show ID for proof of birthday. (310) 510-0345
At Island Breeze Spa & Salon enjoy a Mani-Pedi special for $50, receive a 50-min
Swedish massage or a 50-min facial for only $69 (M-Th); $79 (Fri-Sun), or a 25-min massage or facial for only $45. Bring a loved one and get the same special. Expires 12/31/16.
Guest who stay at the Avalon Hotel on his or her birthday receive a free bottle of wine or sparkling cider. Must mention birthday in reservation & ID required at check in. (310) 510-7070
After taking a free birthday ride on Catalina Express, guests who stay at the Hotel Vista del Mar enjoy specail amenities including a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine on their birthday, celebratory balloons, continental breakfast, milk & cookies each evening, 10% off at Avalon’s best retail stores and a free gift. Prices start at just $116 per person per night in conjunction with the Catalina Express’ “Free Ride on your Birthday” promotion. Proof of birth date required at check-in. 310-510-1452
Stay for one night on your birthday at Hotel Catalina and Courtyard Garden and receive a 10% discount. Stay two nights and receive 20% off. 10% discounts for breakfast, lunch & dinner at Catalina Hotspots, and with a meal purchase, get a free dessert at EL Galleon, Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant, Original Jack’s Country Kitchen or Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret on your birthday. 10% off on any tour from the Catalina Adventure Tours. Restrictions apply.
Book a birthday stay at the Catalina Island Inn and receive a complimentary box of Lloyd’s of Avalon chocolates plus your choice of champagne or sparkling cider. Must ask for the “Birthday Special” at the time of reservation and present ID with proof of birth date at check-in.
Receive a 20% discount on any room at the Hotel Metropole. Also enjoy a $50 savings on a couples massage at the A Touch of Heaven Day Spa. Additional nights are available at a 10% discount. ID required and restrictions may apply.