Any ideas quickest way or Most common, with out renting a car
Thank you ! I see trips from long beach I assume from lax as well?
Catalina Express (boats): http://www.catalinaexpress.com - Runs out of these ports: Long Beach, San Pedro, & Dana Point. (http://www.catalinaexpress.com/ports.html). The boat ride only takes about an hour, per Catalina Express' web page.
There are a variety of hotel/boat packages available, should you also need accommodation. Here are a couple of web sites to check out, if interested. www.visitcatalinaisland.com/hotels-packages - http://www.catalinachamber.com
Of course, you can also take a cab from LAX to Long Beach. It will just probably take you longer to get through LAX than it would through Long Beach, then the cab ride will be a little longer.
Here is another thought if you want the quickest option... You could fly into Burbank (Bob Hope Airport) and take the helicopter from there. I haven't done this, but I rink the helicopters depart from the airport, so this likely would be quick to get from airplane to helicopter. This would be a more expensive helicopter ride, through, than one from Long Beach. See www.islandexpress.com for helicopter options.
and other possible option - fly into John Wayne (Orange County) Airport and take a helicopter directly from there.