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Where do I Stay?
We are securing hotel room rates in Capistrano Beach, California, on lovely Pacific Coast Highway. There is a pedestrian bridge to the beach and is a short 5 mins drive to the Catalina Express Parking lot or Dana Point Yacht Club.
In Catalina, we are also securing a group rate at a hotel for those wishing to stay at a hotel. There are ample airbnb options as well, should you prefer. Our venue is walkable from almost all areas of the island, excluding "Hamiltons Cove" - where most airbnbs provide golf cart rental.
What is the closest airport?
There are 3 options for your budget. Los Angeles (LAX - 66 miles), Orange County (SNA - 25 miles), and San Diego (SAN -66 miles).
We recommend renting a car, as Southern California is tricky without one. Parking at Catalina express is $14 per day.
How Do I Get My Luggage from the Wedding to Catalina?
We will provide storage for your luggage for guests departing the 2:30pm ferry. Guests will drop off luggage upon arrival at Catalina Ferry Parking, and board shuttle for the wedding and reception. Guests will pickup luggage in the same spot upon drop-off from Dana Point Yacht club, and will then be responsible for loading their own luggage on board the vessel, per USCG regulations.
What If I Just Want To Attend the Wedding?
Yes you can! There will be 2 RSVPs: 1 for Dana Point Yacht Club (Wedding Ceremony, Plated Lunch, Reception) and a separate RSVP for the Afterparty in Catalina (ferry + Party at Catalina Island Museum) You may certainly attend the Dana Point portion only. We are excited to have all of our guests for the portions they can attend!
Should I Bring A Gift?
Thank you for your gracious offer! We are asking our guests not to bring a physical gift, as there is limited space and a lot of moving parts on the day of the wedding. The wedding couple has created gift levels for their dream of purchasing land in Joshua Tree in the next 3-5 years. As they move onto their next adventure outside CA, they want to own a piece of the desert and invite all guests to visit and use this space for camping and vacationing in the future as they develop this dream!
What Activities are there to do on Catalina?
Catalina is California's only island resort, with a Mediterranean feel & Climate, with a rich conservation history, historic landmarks, and beautiful scenery. There are limited cars on the island, and most residents get around via golf cart. The island is all walking distance, and most hotels and airbnbs are walking distance to all activities and wedding events. Recreation activities are available such as snorkeling, scuba diving, boat tours, wildlife tours, and more. Guests are invited to a brunch on Saturday at Tremont Hall, and a casual karaoke event on Saturday night, should you remain on the island
Is My Catalina Ferry Ticket Round Trip?
The wedding RSVP to Catalina Island includes your ferry to Catalina Island on Friday June 10th. Guests will secure their own ticket(s) back to Dana Point, for whenever works for them. Ferries depart approximately 12pm and 5pm daily back from Avalon to Dana Point. Adults $39, Senior $35.50 and children 2-11 $31.25
Are Kids Welcome?
Kids ARE welcome! Gilbert is a huge part of our lives, and we welcome all families of all ages and stages to join us. There will be a separate kids lunch of chicken nuggets and fries for all children under 12 (And any kids at heart who wish to have this option! ha)
Do I Need To Rent a Car?
Depending on the length of your stay, we recommend renting a car. Shuttles are available from airports to the Dana Point hotel, and ubers would be available from the hotel to the Catalina Ferry parking lot. so it IS possible without a car.
How Do I Connect with other Travelers?
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