Two Harbors: The Perfect Weekend Getaway : Catalina Express

Two Harbors: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

Two Harbors with its clear water and open nature scenery

As we start to venture out into the world it's best to start with a local getaway.  Two Harbors is a hidden gem in Southern CA that is so worth exploring, especially if you love the outdoors. It’s a place you can disconnect from your phone and get back to nature. There are plenty of activities to keep your heart pumping or plenty of opportunities to relax.

Couple camping at two harbors

The main type of accommodation in Two Harbors is camping. If you are new to camping, Two Harbors is a great place to start. The campground provides beautiful views and a beach that is used primarily by other campers.

Typically, when camping you would bring and cook your own food. That is not necessarily true on Two Harbors. While the campsites all have access to BBQs for guests to utilize, sometimes it is nice to have someone cook for you when on vacation. The General Store is offering food to go and is equipped with all the essentials just in case you forget anything.

The campgrounds are just a short walk from the General Store but if you are not sure about hauling your gear to camp, the check-in counter offers gear haul services for $5 a bag, round-trip. You can even have firewood and other essentials delivered to your campsite. If sleeping on the ground might not be for you, there are a couple of tent cabins offered with cots instead of bringing your own tent.

For those not interested in sleeping outside, Two Harbors has a lovely hotel called the Banning House Lodge which offers very comfortable rooms overlooking Two Harbors.

people kayaking in two harbors

Hiking and mountain biking is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the west end of Catalina Island. It lets you see breathtaking vistas while getting a bit of exercise.  Kayaking and stand-up paddleboards are another way to see Island’s natural beauty. You will marvel at the many beaches and coves the island is known for. The Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center is a great source to rent all sorts of recreation equipment.

For those more interested in laying back, Harbors Sands is just the place. You can rent a palapa or lounge chair and enjoy watching the waves play with the sand. There is also food and beverage service right to your beach towel. Nothing like a cocktail in hand with your toes in the sand.

Two Harbors is a quick ferry ride from the Catalina Express San Pedro terminal. At this time, we are only offering weekend service but look forward to offering more departures as the weather warms up.  If you are camping, check out the travel guidelines for helpful travel tips. Remember to make a reservation as the boats are selling out early due to reduced capacity.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.