Want to do something fun for your birthday but don’t want to spend a lot of money?
Consider a staycation at Catalina Island, where you can get a bunch of free or discounted stuff on your birthday. That even includes a free trip to the island on the Catalina Express. You have to travel on your actual birthday and preregister online, but then you get to save up to $76.50 roundtrip. Score!
And once you get to Catalina, more freebies await: BOGO parasailing flights, free admission to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, a free meal at Buffalo Nickel Restaurant (online reviews are mixed) and more. Take a look:
~ Rent a bike for two hours from Brown’s Bike and get the rest of the day free until 5 p.m. plus a bottle of water
~ Two-for-one climbs at the Descanso Beach Club climbing wall (open weekends and holidays only)
~ Free cup of coffee at Catalina Coffee and Cookie Co. (must show Catalina Express birthday ribbon)
~ Free scoop of ice cream, buy one pound of salt water taffy and get an extra 1/4 Pound free, and buy any iced coffee drink or smoothie and get a second of equal or lesser value 50 percent off at Lloyd’s of Avalon
~ Buy the mani-pedi special at Island Breeze Spa and Salon for $50 and receive a 50-minute Swedish massage or facial for $69 (M-Th) or $79 (Fri-Sun), or a 25-minute massage or facial for $45
If you’re staying overnight, check out these discounts at Catalina Island hotels:
~ The Avalon Hotel: Receive a free bottle of wine or sparkling cider.
~ Hotel Vista Del Mar: Get a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine, celebratory balloons, continental breakfast, and evening milk and cookies
~ Hotel Catalina and Courtyard Garden Suites: Get 10 percent off one night; 20 percent off two nights
~ Catalina Island Inn: Receive a complimentary box of Lloyd’s of Avalon chocolates plus your choice of champagne or sparkling cider
~ Hotel Metropole: Get 20 percent off on any room and save $50 on a couples massage at the hotel spa