The Two Towns of Catalina Island : Catalina Express

The Two Towns of Catalina Island

Two men hiking on Catalina Island

Just off the coast of California lies your next Island escape on Catalina. Whether you dream of a luxurious stay or an outdoor adventure, the charming towns of Avalon and Two Harbors offer a getaway that’s perfect for everyone.

An aerial picture of Avalon Bay on Catalina Island.


Avalon, the heart of Catalina Island, is a tourist playground with its rich history and European feel. Visitors travel to Avalon exploring its many activities and tours or even for the luxurious shops and hotel stays. If you are looking to pack your vacation itinerary with things to do, then Avalon is the place to discover on Catalina Island.

A trip to Catalina Island wouldn’t be a success until you try the restaurants that locals rave about. From Italian food to fresh seafood, Avalon has a number of restaurants that will satisfy everyone’s palate. Catalina Island is famous for the restaurants creating signature drinks and plates that can only be found in Avalon. After you get a taste, you’ll be wanting to come back for seconds! Once you’ve filled up on food, take a stroll downtown on Crescent Avenue for a beachside walk and shopping. Buy yourself a special souvenir to remember your trip on Catalina Island.

Two girls having a drink at Descanso Beach Club

Dive into Catalina Island history through the offered tours to learn all about the landmarks. Iconic monuments lie all throughout Avalon, such as the Wrigley Memorial and famous Casino, telling a unique story from the past. Or participate in an exciting adventure with the many activities available like scuba diving or ziplining. From land to sea, there is an activity for everyone to enjoy and take part in.

Planning a long-term visit to Avalon? Located all throughout Avalon are hotels fit for a family sized group or even just for a pair of two. You can enjoy a night downtown right on Crescent Avenue with an oceanfront view or even a room nestled up in the hills overlooking the bay. Check out our exclusive Boat and Hotel Packages that are available at CatalinaPackage.com for your next overnight stay!

An aerial view of Two Harbors on Catalina Island

Two Harbors

On the west end of Catalina Island is a nature lovers paradise, Two Harbors! The rustic town is known to be Catalina Islands ideal town for campers and hikers with its many campgrounds and hiking trails. With just one hotel and one restaurant, Two Harbors is the best place to unplug from reality and be in touch with nature.

Banning House Lodge is the only hotel located in Two Harbors. On the hillside of Two Harbors, this bed and breakfast offers breathtaking views of the Isthmus and Catalina Harbor. If you are looking for a peaceful setting then Banning House Lodge is the perfect escape.

A group of people camping in Two Harbors.

Is camping more your style? Two Harbors has accommodations for campers looking to have a unique overnight experience. You can choose to camp in comfortable cabins or in a tent at the Two Harbors campground. The General Store makes grocery shopping convenient for your camping trip by having food delivered directly to you.

The Dive & Recreation Center in Two Harbors offers equipment for all outdoor activities. Whether you would like to hike the trails or explore the underwater, the recreation center provides any of the necessary equipment needed for some outdoor fun. For a more laid back and relaxed activity, you can rent a beachside palapa or chaise lounge at Harbors Sands. Sit back and enjoy the sunshine with some signature food from the only restaurant in Two Harbors, Harbor Reef Restaurant.

Book your reservations now for transportation from our San Pedro port to Two Harbors at CatalinaExpress.com!

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.