I'm trying to find the most affordable way to get from the mainland to Catalina Island. So far I've found ferry service anywhere from $50 to $80 round-trip, per person.
I'm also looking for some opinions/experiences of the island. I've never been, and am wondering if it is worth the trip. I will be travelling with some oldsters and youngsters, so the kids and the elderly both need to be entertained. We would probably do a day trip, but an overnight stay is possible.
My initial idea of the island is that it offers beaches and shopping, both of which are also readily available anywhere in SoCal w/o venturing out to sea. It seems like a private playground for the rich. Please correct me if I'm way off base.