Catalina Island Birthday Freebies

UPDATECatalina Express’ Birthday Ride promotion ended its six-year run on December 31, 2017. On its 30th anniversary in 2012 Catalina Express launched its “Birthday Ride” promotion and its “Birthday Island” partnership. Since then, the ferry company has continued the promotion for six years, which has resulted in nearly 500,000 registrations and 200,000 round-trip voyages. The Birthday Ride program provided visitors a novel way to celebrate their birthday with friends and loved ones, with nearly 60 percent of birthday celebrants being first time visitors to the island. While many visited for the day, a large percentage also spent one night or more, and now come to the island to celebrate other special occasions too. Catalina Express will continue to offer many other promotions and contests, providing more reasons to visit the island year-round, including boat and hotel packages, holiday gift card program, the Ship and Zip package, and more to be announced. The popular birthday promotion — which introduced many new visitors to the wonders of Catalina ended on December 31, 2017.

Greg Bombard, President/CEO, says, “Catalina Express wishes to thank its more than 45 island partners who participated in the Birthday Island program over the past six years, offering discounts, perks and value-added products and services for birthday celebrants. This program made visitors’ special day on the island even more meaningful with other visitors, residents and business owners wishing them a happy day. We launched the program not only to celebrate our 30th anniversary, but to provide an incentive for visitors to get a ‘taste’ of the new Catalina, which has grown and evolved with the opening of new attractions, restaurants, culture and entertainment.”

Catalina Island Birthday Freebies

Catalina Island has been one of our annual trips for the past 4-5 years. This year I got all excited because my birthday landed on Spring Break, and I got to ride the CATALINA EXPRESS for free as well as experience firsthand the Island birthday freebies. Most people already know about them, and the tricky part is you can only get them on the day of your birthday (not the week of or the month of). They will want to see proof. With an hour and half boat-ride away from Orange County, paradise awaited us! Here are five birthday island freebies you may or may not have known about in Avalon, California…

Free Cup of Coffee or Tea at Catalina Coffee & Cookie Company

If you love pastries and good coffee, CATALINA COFFEE & COOKIE CO. offers a range of treats from baked goods and frozen yogurt to breakfast sandwiches. I tried their “Best Brownie Ever” and it is one of the best brownies I have ever had. While you are there, you must try their cinnamon rolls warm, and my favorite cookie – their Eclipse. It is a chocolate cookie dipped in white chocolate. If it’s your birthday, you get a free cup of 12 oz. gourmet coffee or tea. They’ll want to see your Catalina Express Birthday ribbon and a valid ID. They’re located in the Metropole Marketplace. (310) 510-2447 www.catcookieco.com

Free Scoop of Ice Cream at Lloyd’s of Avalon.

Who doesn’t love a sweet surprise? Stop in at LLOYD’S OF AVALON on your birthday for a free scoop of ice cream. Other sweet deals include: Buy one pound of Catalina Salt Water Taffy, Get a complimentary 1/4 pound OR Buy any iced coffee drink or smoothie, Get a second of equal or lesser value 1/2 off. Show ID to prove it’s your birthday. (310) 510-7266 www.catalinacandy.com

Free Game of Miniature Golf With Purchase

CATALINA ISLAND GOLF CART – Golf Cart & Bike Rentals. Buy one hour, get 1/2 hr complimentary. Experience Catalina’s charm in your own golf cart! Complimentary 1 hour bike rental with a one hour rental or 1/2 off a daily rental. Must show proof of birth date! 310.510.0369 • CatalinaIslandGolfCart.com

 

MORE BIRTHDAY SPECIALS

Other birthday perks include a 10%-20% discount for hotels (some do a little extra and will give you a complimentary bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, tickets to the museum, or give you a spa discount). Some retailers will give you a small gift with purchase. There’s also specials for attractions like bike rentals, free admission to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden, half price on kayaking, 2 for 1 snorkeling, helicopter rides, 2 for 1 parasailing, and much, much, more!

I had a wonderful time on Catalina Island celebrating my birthday with daily waterfront dining and scenic walks along the bay. The air is clean, the ocean views are magnificent, and Avalon is a really cute town. Everything is within short walking distance so you’ll want to pack comfortable shoes and dress in layers. (I tried to run every morning to Descanso Beach and back.) If you’re only coming in for the day, bring a backpack. Staying overnight and not sure what to pack? Pack it all and if you forget, there is a neighborhood Von’s Grocery Store. Keep in mind too that many of the birthday perks are available on your birthday only and requires proof of ID. Wear your birthday button proudly because some of them are trained to look for it. I’ll share more in detail of every place that I visited in the next coming weeks so watch out for my Travel Tuesday featuring more of Catalina Island! Meanwhile, you can also download a list of birthday island offerings here and start planning your birthday: www.catalinaexpress.com/birthday-island.html

 

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Melodi Steinberg
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Melodi Steinberg

wow! So many freebies. What a great birthday treat!

Mary Tran
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Mary Tran

we missed a few when we were there. so much to do! will have to try the others on our next birthday. =)

Lori @ More With Less Today
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Lori @ More With Less Today

I only knew about the ferry ride. What a fun way to celebrate a birthday. Thanks for sharing these.

Angela Saldaña
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Angela Saldaña

Great post! I'm thinking about taking the hubby for his bday��

Cynthia Duarte
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Cynthia Duarte

Wow! I haven't been there in forever, but I want to go so badly! These are all great tips!

Jennifer A. Willey
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Jennifer A. Willey

What a great way to spend your birthday!! Love all the free birthday stuff. They sure know how to make you feel awesome on your special day. We need to visit Catalina soon!

Cupcakes and Cutlery
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Cupcakes and Cutlery

OMG! I bet my boys would love it there! This is such a great post Mary! Thanks for all the tips!

Organized Island
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Organized Island

So many great freebies! I had no idea – may have to celebrate a birthday there soon!

Cleverly Catheryn
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Cleverly Catheryn

Honestly had no idea! Not sure I can wait till my birthday to go though, looks amazing.

Ann
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Ann

This sounds like a lot of fun; I didn't know there was so much you could do on your birthday there! I haven't been to Catalina in such a long time; guess I need to get a trip planned!

Pattie Cordova
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Pattie Cordova

Great roundup! My birthday is coming up – this sounds like fun to do!

Romina
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Romina

I think one of these days we'll go to Catalina for a birthday. That's a lot of great free deals for a birthday.

monicazyoung
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monicazyoung

my bday is coming up, maybe I will head that way and take advantage of all these cool deals. Thanks so much for sharing.

Any Tots
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Any Tots

oh how fun. Thanks for sharing. Love love Catalina

Desiree Eaglin
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Desiree Eaglin

Catalina is such a beautiful island! What a fabulous idea to spend a birthday there!

Sandra Caballero
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Sandra Caballero

I’m thinking this place is perfect for my 36th birthday this year.