Can You Afford Catalina Island in 2024? A Local’s Guide to Saving Money on Your Next Visit
Welcome to Catalina Island, where breathtaking views and island vibes await you! While the allure of this paradise will draw you in, it might also make you wonder if you can afford it – so we’ve got a few tips to help you save some coin on your Catalina expedition.
Budget-Friendly Eats: Venture beyond the tourist hotspots of the downtown area, and you’ll discover hidden gems with delicious, affordable meals. The Sandtrap, located next to the golf course, or The Cove restaurant, positioned above the country club, are both off the beaten path that tourists usually take, offering better pricing. Local favorites like the Lobster Trap and Bluewater Avalon not only serve tasty seafood but also have happy hour specials to help you keep your budget intact.
Transportation Hacks: Save on transportation costs by opting for Catalina Express gift cards, available at local Costcos in Southern California. Keep an eye out for specific times of the year when they are sold. You can save $25 on a round-trip ticket, a significant saving that adds up, especially for families.
Free Adventures: Embrace the natural beauty of Catalina without spending a dime – something the island excels at. Take a scenic hike along the Hermit Gulch Trail or stroll through Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden for a day of budget-friendly exploration. Bring your own snorkel gear and spend the day in the water at various excellent snorkeling spots year-round.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike): Skip the rental fees and bring your own bike for island exploration. Catalina Island is bike-friendly, and cruising along the coastline is an excellent way to soak in the sights without emptying your wallet. All the best spots to see are on the flats, making bike riding a breeze. The ferries also have storage for bikes during the ride to Avalon.
Island Discounts: This can be hit or miss but worth a try. Some local businesses offer discounts to savvy visitors who simply ask. Your best discounts will be in the off-season from November to April. Don’t hesitate to inquire about special offers or discounts, especially when booking activities or accommodations. Catalina Sea Spa, for instance, is currently offering a 10% discount when mentioned during your booking.
And speaking of savings, Catalina Sea Spa has an affordable option on our menu – our 30-minute massage. As our shortest menu option, it’s a steal for a quick rejuvenation, allowing you to experience our top-notch services without breaking the bank. This can also be offered in a couple’s format as well and is not listed on our website just ask.
I understand the value of making the most of your island experience without overspending. So, as you plan your Catalina getaway in 2024, remember to explore these money-saving tips, and if time allows, treat yourself to a blissful massage at Catalina Sea Spa without worrying about your budget.
See you on the island!