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Tips to Get More Bang for Your Buck…


Stretch those dollars!


$15.95 All-You-Can-Eat Pasta night at Buffalo Nickel on Mondays after 5pm.  An extensive unlimited soup and salad bar buffet, and made to order pasta dishes are an unbelievably great value for the huge portions – you’ll need to roll out in a wheelbarrow… with your leftovers in hand! They provide free shuttle service (call 310-510-1323) OR deliver.  Another unadvertised special is the “pay-for-one-get-two” pizzas, available for delivery after 5pm.

Wednesday nights are $5 BURGER NIGHT WEDNESDAYS in Avalon. The Lobster Trap offers $5 burger & fries and it’s $10 if you want burger, fries and a beer.  Luau Larry’s offers $5 burger & fries OR chicken breast burger & fries (theirs come with those yummy thin, crunchy onion ring things on them).

The Sand Trap offers $1 Tacos and a Happy Hour with drink specials (discounted beers, margaritas, pitchers) everyday from 2-7pm. They also offer a yummy breakfast special 8a – 12p daily.

Vons Express has two FRIDAY SPECIALS while supplies last: a $5 rotisserie chicken and/or $5.99 8-pc cooked chicken. Perfect for a picnic on the beach, or a quick and simple meal (along with some microwave-able streamed veggies, perhaps) to enjoy in your room, which includes microwave and of course our kitchenette units also include stovetops and pots/pans, etc.

Other Tips for Savings:

Save on ATM fees! Need cash, but you don’t bank with US Bank (the only bank on Catalina Island)? Don’t worry!  You can avoid ATM charges from US Bank machines by going to VONS grocery store. Buy something small (need some gum, bottled water, a protein bar?) then request CASH BACK at the check stand. No fees!  Easy peasy!  On to your next adventure…

Dinner and a Movie deal! The Avalon Grille offers a free movie pass with each paid entrée purchased between 5-6pm (ask your server about this before ordering). The movie in the Avalon Theater begins promptly at 7:30pm each evening.

You can get a huge variety of discounts if you come to Catalina for your Birthday, starting with free round-trip transportation for the birthday person from Catalina Express.  Register for their Birthday Island promotion on their website to receive a free ticket if you depart ON your birthday and purchase one additional full-paid ticket (of course you wouldn’t want to come without a companion!). While on the island, look at this extensive list of deals you’ll receive for your birthday!

You can rent a 4-person golf cart for $40 cash-only for one hour OR you can rent an electric bike for $40 for the DAY from Browns Bikes. Hourly/same-day rentals are available on a walk-in basis for rentals from 9a – 5pm (sharp!).

OR, BRING YOUR OWN BIKE!  For $7 round-trip per bike, you can bring your own bike, and we have places for you to store it at the hotel. If you have a mountain bike and want to explore the interior of the island, we can hook you up.  For $25 we are able to issue you one of our Catalina Island Conservancy bike permits for you to use for the day – check out these amazing trails:  bike map.

With advance reservations, you can get discounted prices on ParaSailing for morning times.

The Zip Line Eco Tour offers discounted pricing, typically $99 per person, on select times (usually the first run in the morning or at twilight). We can book these for you – just ask for our help!

Check out our current Specials to save some bucks!