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jeep eco tour "best time"?

Huntington Beach...
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jeep eco tour "best time"?

What time of day would you say is best to do the 3 hour jeep eco tour? We're most interested in seeing remote beaches, amazing visuals of the interior coastline etc. Probably afternoon to make sure any kind of marine layer has burnt away? Also how far in advance should we reserve our (4) spots? We're staying the first week of August , I know things will get nuts lol. Thanks in advance!

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Moorpark, California
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1. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

If you know the exact date, I would book it now. Not sure if morning or afternoon is better, though. It might be pretty hot in the interior in the afternoon.

Huntington Beach...
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2. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

Went ahead and booked this morning, thanks for the advice!

Texas
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3. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

I'm interested in doing this tour as well - bookmarking so I remember to reserve it in advance. Hope you have a great trip!

Huntington Beach...
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4. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

volcanogirl we're actually from Texas too (DFW) We took a vacation to SoCal in 2014 (including Catalina) and had such an amazing time we moved here in 2015 lol. My father and stepmother are joining us for the trip this year, I can't wait to see them experience Catalina for the first time. There is certainly nothing like Catalina in Texas that's for sure lol. Hope that you have a great trip!!

Moorpark, California
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5. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

David,

June gloom usually ends in July so you should not have any issues with the marine layer in August. But either time (morning or afternoon) should be fine. There are many days when the coast is completely socked in and Catalina is clear and beautiful! I've never taken this particular tour but have seen the interior of the island many times.

Santa Monica...
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6. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

We went around 10:00 am. That's a good time; if there is a marine layer, it'll be burning off around then. As other tours have been out prior, they either located bison and island fox, sharing that with our driver, so we were able to locate both. The first tour out has no such help, so consider that when booking, too.

Texas
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7. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

Thanks, David! We did a trip to La Jolla and loved it, so now we're giving Catalina a try. We can't wait!

Plumeria, that's great advice, thank you! We utilized that strategy for whale watching, and it was nice to have information provided by the earlier tours to help with out spotting. I would love to see a fox, have never seen one.

Texas
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8. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

I see that there are several companies listed that offer similar Jeep tours. Are there any differences? Any reason to take one over another? They all seem to get great reviews.

Cairo, Egypt
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9. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

volcanogirl,

I like the Catalina Island Conservancy backcountry tours. They're great, and your money goes back into conservation efforts on the island, rather than to a commercial enterprise. I've heard that the conservancy tours have access to roads that other tours don't, though I don't know for certain on that.

But, I'm sure you'd enjoy any of the tours.

Texas
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10. Re: jeep eco tour "best time"?

avalon, that's fantastic. Good to know; I didn't realize that. Looks like they get wonderful reviews too. I like the idea of giving something back.

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