We were ready to kick back for the weekend, visit somewhere locally, and reconnect with some quality time together. Perhaps your family is like ours where our active duty military member has been continually deployed, and when he’s not deployed, he’s working extremely long days.
We were given a special opportunity on behalf of USAA to visit Catalina for a day of fun in the surf and sand. Psst — USAA is giving away a $300 gift card, so make sure scroll down and enter for your chance to win!
Most of us stationed in Southern California know that Catalina is an island, so if you don’t own your own boat, you can hop aboard the Catalina Express ferry via Dana Point or Long Beach using discounted tickets from ITT on base. The other option is taking a helicopter flight. We had the opportunity to fly Island Express - who also offers a military discount – from Long Beach to Catalina.
We arrived at the Long Beach facility and checked in 30 minutes prior to boarding. We were allowed to bring 25 pounds of gear per passenger, so we handed over our bags complete with beach toys, towels and water for the afternoon.