Catalina Express, the ferry company that makes up to 30 trips to Catalina Island daily, is offering you a free round trip to the island playground on your birthday. Travel must begin on your actual birthday, but if you want to stay awhile, your return ticket is good for up to 30 days.

Many island businesses are also offering birthday discounts or freebies; The Avalon Hotel has a free bottle of wine or sparkling cider included in birthday reservations, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Company gives a free 22-ounce cup of gourmet coffee, Buffalo Nickel Restaurant will feed you any meal on the menu for free, Bay of the Seven Moons Gift Shop offers a free mineral specimen or fortune bracelet, and Island Water Charters will take you parasailing at 600-feet (tandem) for no charge.

Other businesses offering birthday discounts include such activities as kayaking, rock wall climbing, miniature golf, golf cart rental, bike rental and bowling.

Catalina Express ferries depart the mainland from San Pedro, downtown and Queen Mary locations in Long Beach and in Dana Point, and make port on Catalina Island at Avalon and Two Harbors. Offer good through April 30, 2013. For details and to register for your free ferry ride visit You must have a valid government-issued ID such as a driver’s license (student IDs are not accepted) and pre-register online for your ferry ride.