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Rent a Bali  catamaran in Marina del Rey, CA near me
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Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (33 bookings)

Stunning 46' Bali Catamaran

3 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Bluewater Yachts motor yacht in Marina del Rey, CA near me
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Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (53 bookings)

59ft Island Boat: 🥳HUGE Deck 🎤Karaoke 💃Dance Floor 🌅Marina Del Rey

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Wellcraft motor yacht in Marina del Rey, CA near me
$319+ /hour

Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (36 bookings)

Enjoy life on a 50ft three level yacht. 12 people.

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Crest Pontoons pontoon in Lakewood, CA near me
$88+ /hour

Lakewood, CA

Spacious Pontoon

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Hatteras motor yacht in Los Angeles, CA near me
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Los Angeles, CA

4.8 (125 bookings)

Up to 40 Passengers! Cruise Long Beach & LA Harbor!

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 40 passengers
Rent a Other cruiser in Newport Beach, CA near me
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Newport Beach, CA

5.0 (42 bookings)

Luxury 40' Day Yacht | VanDutch40 | Newport Beach

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Duffy Electric Boats cruiser in Marina del Rey, CA near me
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Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (39 bookings)

20 ft Duffy Electric Boat

2 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Jeanneau motor yacht in Long Beach, CA near me
$324+ /hour

Long Beach, CA

43' Luxury Yacht Charter in Long Beach

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Chris Craft motor yacht in Newport Beach, CA near me
$700+ /hour

Newport Beach, CA

5.0 (49 bookings)

50 Passenger Coast Guard Certified Yacht Charter - 65' Motor Yacht

2 - 4 hours Captained
Up to 50 passengers
Rent a Other walkaround in Redondo Beach, CA near me
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Redondo Beach, CA

5.0 (69 bookings)

39 Passenger Custom Party Cruiser

2 - 4 hours Captained
Up to 39 passengers
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Newport Beach, CA

5.0 (17 bookings)

43 Ft. Sea Ray Sundancer

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
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Newport Beach, CA

Newport Tiki Boat Cruise with Captain!

2 - 6 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Other catamaran in Marina del Rey, CA near me
$350+ /hour

Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (206 bookings)

42' Luxurious Lagoon Catamaran!

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
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Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (89 bookings)

📸 FREE PHOTOSHOOT IN THE LUXURY YACHT PARTY FOR THE Good Times 🥳🎉

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
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Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (77 bookings)

60 feet luxury yacht <br/>Lots of toys

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Yamaha bow rider in Lakewood, CA near me
$81+ /hour

Lakewood, CA

Delivery Available - Great Family fun - Ski-tube- or cruise!

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a Lagoon catamaran in Marina del Rey, CA near me
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Marina del Rey, CA

Sporty and luxurious 42ft catamaran! Professional crew!

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
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Marina del Rey, CA

5.0 (102 bookings)

Sail Your Stress Away on Our Comfortable Catamaran!

2 - 6 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers

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Rent a Boat on Catalina Island

Located just 30 miles southwest of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island—also commonly referred to as Catalina Island—is the perfect destination for a weekend trip or a romantic getaway. Colonial Spanish architecture, mountainous beaches, and rich aquatic life are the makeup of this destination. While here, be sure to explore the city of Avalon, along with the lines of cabanas and swaying palm trees at Descanso Beach, and Catalina Casino, an art deco-style building, overlooking the sea. 

What to Know

When planning your boat rental outing near Catalina Island, consider these top boat rental styles: 

  • Catamarans and sailboats are extremely popular along the California Pacific coastlines. There’s no better feeling than lifting the sail and feeling the wind push you forward. These boats are typically quite large, making them ideal for large parties or smaller romantic cruises.

  • With their large size and build, motor yachts and power cruisers are a great choice for renters looking for a comfortable ride in style. Still close within the bays of Catalina Island, or into the Pacific.

  • If fishing is the name of the game, we recommend an offshore fishing boat or charter that can take you right into the hunting ground for pelagic species in the Pacific.


Safety Requirements:

  • Boating License/Education Rules: You must be 16 years of age or older and in possession of his/her California Boater Card to legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including personal watercraft (PWCs). 

  • Persons 12 to 15 years of age may operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including PWCs, if they are supervised on board by a person at least 18 years of age and in possession of his/her California Boater Card.

  • There is no age restriction for operating a sailboat under 30 ft. long (with wind as the main source of propulsion) or a dinghy used between a moored vessel and shore or between two moored vessels.

  • Life Jacket Requirements: Ages 13 and under must wear a PFD at all times on a moving vessel of any length. Children are not required to wear a life jacket when they are wearing a harness on a sailboat, when they are in an enclosed cabin, and when they are on a vessel during an emergency rescue. 


For more information, visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation


Where to dock your boat on Catalina Island:

  • Avalon Harbor Fuel Dock

  • Two Harbors Visitor Services

  • Catalina Ferry and Boat Terminal

  • City of Avalon Harbor Department


To learn more, be sure to read our guide, Boating to Catalina Island: Everything You Need to Know


Weather Conditions

Above your head while on and around Catalina Island, you will see clear skies, nearly year-round. Summertime is warm and dry, but brief. On the other hand, winters are lengthy. Wear layers because it gets chilly here. The best time of year to go boating is from mid-June to mid-October.

Avg. Temperature High: Peaks around 80°F in August 

Avg. Temperature Low: Around 52°F during March 

Avg. Water Temperatures in and around Catalina Island

  • 59°F in the Spring (March, April, May)

  • 66°F in the Summer (June, July, August)

  • 65.5°F in Fall (September, October, November)

  • 59°F in Winter (December, January, February)

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Things to Do on Catalina Island by Boat

Free Diving at the Casino Point Park

Free Diving at the Casino Point Park

If you’re seeking adrenaline, snorkeling on Santa Catalina Island should be on your list of things to do. Snorkelers, scuba divers, and marine life experts flock to Casino Point Dive Park. This underwater park is located next to an internationally renowned casino building, and it holds our country’s clearest waters. In fact, underwater visibility often hits the 100 percent mark here! Near the beaches of Avalon Bay several restaurants for you to dine at and recharge yourself. If this is your calling, book a Boatsetter rental with a captain who can guide you for your Catalina Island snorkeling adventure. 

  • Pro Tip: Divers may find angel sharks, bat rays, banded guitarfish, and halibut. Numerous wrecks are also found in the sandy areas, which have become home to many types of marine life.

  • Closest dock: Catalina Island Yacht Club 

  • Lat/Long: 33.3493° N, 118.3250° W

Sportfishing for Pelagic in the Pacific

Sportfishing for Pelagic in the Pacific

Avalon Bay is a huge offshore sportfishing destination. With Tuna Club, the oldest fishing club in the United States, sitting along the coast, an amazing fishing excursion is guaranteed. Hop on a Boatsetter guided fishing charter to learn from local experts who can navigate you to the perfect spots so you can reel in your trophy catch. Not only will you learn pro fishing skills, but you’ll also catch scenic views of the Casino Point Park and the Californian landscape while reeling in your trophy catch. 

  • Pro Tip: Many notable personalities have fished these local waters, including three U.S. Presidents; William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt, along with Winston Churchill, Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, and Bing Crosby. 

  • Hours: The best time to go fishing at Catalina Island is between 8 am and 10 am—the early bird gets the worm! 

  • Target species: Calico bass, white seabass, tuna, mako sharks, and more. 

Cruise from Newport Beach to Avalon Bay

Cruise from Newport Beach to Avalon Bay

Start your boat trip at Newport Beach and head for Avalon Bay on a captained rental for the ultimate Catalina Island experience. This maritime route is extremely popular, so wave to other boaters cruising by and make friends exploring these deep blue waters. Stock your cooler with water, and your choice of beverages. Watch for dolphins, whales, and other majestic marine life on your way to Catalina Island. If you booked an afternoon cruise, make sure to catch the West Coast’s gorgeous sunset. 

  • Newport beach marina[s]: Pacific Yachting Club, CRC Marinas, Balboa Marina

  • Avalon Bay dock[s]: Catalina Island Yacht Club 

  • Pro Tips: Several Boatsetter Owners offer Add-ons, which are additional items like snorkeling gear, tow toys, and photography—so keep an eye out for these fun items at checkout. Add-ons will help you to make the most of your boating trip. 

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Where to Go Boating on Catalina Island

Descanso Bay

Descanso Bay

“Descanso” in Spanish means “to rest,” so if you’re looking for a serene and relaxing morning, be sure to set your rental boat’s course to Descanso Bay. As you cruise this beautiful cove, take in the sight of the rocky coast, Descanso canyon, and golden beach. During summertime, you will find a live DJ playing at Descanso Beach Club. Feel free to anchor here; dance to the music from the comfort of your boat. 

  • Wake zones: Similar to other mooring locations on the island, boaters should use caution and keep an eye out for posted no-wake zones.

  • Pro Tips: Descanso Beach Club is one of the few open-to-public beaches, which is one of the few in California that allow beachgoers to enjoy their adult beverages on the sand. 

  • Lat/Long: 33.3506° N, 118.3267° W


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Avalon City

Avalon City

Avalon is a historic seaside destination that attracts world leaders, film stars, and big-time boaters. Along Avalon Bay’s crescent coast, you’ll see countless boats, and ships and superyachts, anchored here. Find yourself a place to anchor among the local crowd and jump in. People enjoy swimming here, and you may even see a couple of kayakers. Be sure to enjoy the scenic views of this charming water city. Nearby Avalon, just on the other side of the Cabrillo Peninsula, is the Lover’s Cove. This small pebbly destination is perfect for snorkelers looking for an intimate spot to explore the waters down under. 

  • Points of interest: Pleasure Pier (Green Pier), Casino Point Park’s famous building, Catalina’s authentic seaside architecture  

  • Pro Tips: If you’re new to boating, or feel like designating driving duties to someone else, consider renting one of Boatsetter’s captained boat rentals that can help you explore the area.

  • Lat/Long: 33.3428° N, 118.3282° W


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Two Harbors

Two Harbors

Located on Catalina’s west end, Two Harbors is a short 22-mile boat ride from the Southern California mainland. This quaint village sits near the Isthmus Cove on the leeward side of the island from Catalina Harbor on the windward side; it has been the site of several Hollywood movies, such as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975). For the best experience, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to explore, so we recommend booking a boat for a full-day of on-water activities, views of beautiful villas, and discovering the rich local history.

  • Wake Zones: There are over 700 moorings and anchorages in dozens of spots around Catalina Island. Most of the island’s harbors have no wake zones, and boaters must also follow the 5-mile per hour, no wake zone speed limits near mooring and anchorages.

  • Pro Tips: Two Harbors is the home of remote, hidden aquatic life. It is a world-class diving spot for outdoors enthusiasts as well as marine biologists. 

  • Lat/Long: 47.0227° N, 91.6707° W


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Dock-and-Dine at Catalina Island Waterfront Restaurants

Harbor Reef Restaurant & Bar

  • Address: Catalina Isthmus, Two Harbors, CA 90704
  • Hours: Mon - Thur, Sun 4pm-7pm; Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm
  • Reservations: Yes, but not required
  • Type of food: American mains like burgers and steaks, fresh seafood, bar


Eric's On The Pier

  • Address: 2 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Fri-Sun 9am-4pm
  • Reservations: No, not required
  • Type of food: Breakfast burritos, soft tacos, buffalo burgers, fish & chips


Antonio's Pizzeria & Cabaret

  • Address: 230 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am - 9pm; Sun 12pm-9pm
  • Reservations: No, not required
  • Type of food: Wood-fire pizzas, pastas, and vegetarian


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