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Why you should play hooky and go to Catalina for leap day: $29 boat ride, room or dinner

Leap day is coming up at the end of the month, and Santa Catalina Island is hoping to see you on that "extra day" in 2016.




Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.: The Leap Over to Catalina package sold out on Monday; it's no longer available.


To win you over, the Santa Catalina Island Co., which oversees tourism as well as lodgings and transportation on the island, has put together a string of discounts just for Feb. 29.

Here's what $29 per person will get you at the island's seaside town of Avalon:

— a room at the Hotel Atwater,

— a round-trip boat ticket,

--a three-course dinner at Avalon Grille.

The savings are great on this offer. But the trick is taking Monday off (prices are good only on Feb. 29).

As a price comparison, boat tickets alone usually run about $74, and the best available rate at Hotel Atwater would cost $111 a night on leap day.

Here's how you can get this deal:

Register for free online anytime before Sunday.

On Monday, you'll receive a promotion code via email that allows you to book the $29 specials. Follow the instructions and book through the Santa Catalina Island Co. website.

Info and registration: Leap Over to Catalina


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