Catalina hopes high-speed cable ride brings zip to tourism

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Dangling 300 feet above a cactus-filled canyon isn't the first activity that comes to mind when one thinks of visiting Catalina Island.
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Don Diller

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Nice to see Catalina catering to people other than the newlywed and nearly dead.
Genius

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They will need more than that; get rid of the glass bottom boat. Better yet, send it to TJ.
Jen

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Jun 1, 2010
 
But don't EVER do away with the flying fish excursion. The best tourist attraction. So fun!
J Q Public

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Jun 1, 2010
 
There still is no value for your money there. By the time you pay for the boat ride to the island, get some lunch, drinks, and go on a couple of tours, you're looking at well over $400 for a couple for just the day. Add a couple of kids, and wow, it makes a package deal to Hawaii for a week start to look really attractive.
Other than the fact that Avalon is a 1 square mile town (mostly residential) on an island, you'll have so many other better options around So Cal for you money.
That place is what it is.
Dusty

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Jun 1, 2010
 
Catalina? Uh, no thanks.

What does it cost now to float across?$70? A ripoff. Smae goes for the hotels and lousy restos.

Riding a zip line? What a thrill....not!
Restauranteur

Irvine, CA

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The food is awful. Cheap hotels. Arip-off to get there. Filthiest beach in California. The Casino is an embarassment. Inherited wealth has no imagination. No brains, no headaches. And the desalinated water tastes like whale dung.
Joe

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You want somebody to blame for the drop in tourism in Catalina, look no further than Catalina Express and the Island Hotels. The round-trip ticket costs along with the exorbanant hotel prices (often coupled with a 2-night minimum stay), make Catalina one of the most expensive travel destinations.

I for one like the "yester-year" feel of Catalina, but it's not enough of a draw when it comes to the expense. Anything else they can offer, I can do elsewhere for cheaper.
J Q Public

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Jun 1, 2010
 
Joe wrote:
You want somebody to blame for the drop in tourism in Catalina, look no further than Catalina Express and the Island Hotels. The round-trip ticket costs along with the exorbanant hotel prices (often coupled with a 2-night minimum stay), make Catalina one of the most expensive travel destinations.
I for one like the "yester-year" feel of Catalina, but it's not enough of a draw when it comes to the expense. Anything else they can offer, I can do elsewhere for cheaper.
At least the Express boats are a couple of bucks less than the other boats that go over like the Newport Flyer and Marina Del Rey Flyer.

My grandmothers closet has more space than a hotel room over there.$200 for the Pavilion hotel?? Thanks but I'll go to Vegas instead- and I don't gamble!!
Duke

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Don Diller wrote:
Nice to see Catalina catering to people other than the newlywed and nearly dead.
Such negativity, the island is a delightful place with no grafitti, no gangs, no smog, no drive-by shootings, no drugs and people who are friendly.
J Q Public

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Duke wrote:
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Such negativity, the island is a delightful place with no grafitti, no gangs, no smog, no drive-by shootings, no drugs and people who are friendly.
Duke, It's simply a tourist trap.

...No drugs????
Duke

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J Q Public wrote:
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Duke, It's simply a tourist trap.
...No drugs????
Well, except for the 4 tons of marijuana confiscated and 2 Mexican nationals that were apprehended a couple of months back..........I would say there is no crack, heroin, hash or other types of illegal narcotics on the island. I think what the island really needs is to have $10 round trip tickets on a barge that is towed over to the island. You could put 300-400 people on a 10-12 barges and bring them on over. The city has plenty of parks for the people to b-b que and party. Maybe the Brown Berets could make an appearence for old times sake. The island needs the common man and his common dollars.
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Duke wrote:
<quoted text>Well, except for the 4 tons of marijuana confiscated and 2 Mexican nationals that were apprehended a couple of months back..........I would say there is no crack, heroin, hash or other types of illegal narcotics on the island. I think what the island really needs is to have $10 round trip tickets on a barge that is towed over to the island. You could put 300-400 people on a 10-12 barges and bring them on over. The city has plenty of parks for the people to b-b que and party. Maybe the Brown Berets could make an appearence for old times sake. The island needs the common man and his common dollars.
I agree. It did well in the 70's when tickets were cheap. Now it seems like it wants to cater to "high end" and at the same time be for the common everyday tourist. Well unfortunately, it can't do either very well.
socal

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Jun 3, 2010
 
This j q guy talks to much i hope next time he goes he gets hes ass kicked.....pinche puto "catalina is a bad ass place to go" what do you know.

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