Campground Amenities, Prices & Recommendations On Things To Do At This Southern California Island Oasis
Here is everything you need to know about camping at Two Harbors from campsite options to pricing, along with important tips and recommendations of things to do at this island oasis 26 miles across the sea from Los Angeles.
Two Harbors Campsite & Camping Options
The campsite is a spacious, scenic spot just to the south of the Two Harbors village. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk. The trail is mostly uphill from the village, tho only the first part of it is really steep.
The camp sites have everything a camper needs: firepits, water spigots (even a few sinks) outdoor showers that are better than the indoor ones in the village and plenty of port-o-lets. They also have great views of the harbor and surrounding hills.
You have two options for camping: bring your tent or take a tent cabin. The latter kind of looks like something you would have in the army, a canvas cover and six army cots on a wooden floor. You can indeed put six people in it, tho three or four is more comfortable. Thee are mesh windows that bring in a nice breeze on warm days. There is also a porch and picnic table. Huts 10 and 11 have the most spectacular views. You do have to bring our own bedding or a sleeping bag.
Camping Conveniences & Amenities
They do it right on Catalina.
In addition to the above facilities, it also has a service that is an amenity one gets at 5-star hotels. That is a bag service that will deliver your bags to your camp site for a mere $5 a bag. And that’s round trip. This is a no-brainer and you can request this when you check in for your site at the Visitor’s Center at the end of the pier.
But the deliveries don’t stop there; for a $20 charge you can get a cooler with ice and provisions ranging from food to beer from the General Store delivered to your campsite. You can also have firewood and a small gas stove dropped off for you.
Two Harbors Camping Tips
The first thing you should do upon arriving on Two Harbors is to secure one of the small lockers in front of the Dive & Recreation Center. This will prove invaluable as you can store a towel, backpack and other small stuff to use during the day so you can do the recreational activities and not have to go back to the campsite…Take full advantage of the bag drop service...Eat at least one meal at the excellent Harbor Reef restaurant. The steaks are great, the swordfish is caught almost daily and even the chicken is excellent. Plus, hanging out at the bar before and afterward, Buffalo Milk cocktails in hand, is the quintessential Two Harbors activity.
Two Harbors Recommended Activities
The Dive & Recreation Center rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, bicycles, fishing skiffs and masks and snorkels. It also arranges for dive trips.
One highly recommended activity is to take a bike ride along the ridgeline past the other smaller harbors, Cherry Cove, Fourth of July Cove and Boy Scouts Cove. The scenery of those harbors, the rock and cliff formations and out over the Pacific Ocean are spectacular. Plan to spend half a day because you will be stopping a lot to take in the scenery as well as lots of photos. Finish at the back harbor, which provides may more great views. This is mostly flat, easy ride.
I also highly recommend taking a kayak for a paddle paddle around the boats tied up to the mooring balls. Here, you can chat with the boaters, who are jumping in the water, zipping around the harbor on dingys, lounging on floating inflatables or hanging out on deck.
If your budget permits, rent a palapa at Harbor Sands (just to the right of the pier) for a day. It’s $275, but for relaxing in cabana on soft sand where waiters and waitresses bring you food and drinks, it’s a great Two Harbors “splurge.”
How Much Does It Cost To Camp At Two Harbors?
Here is the per-night pricing for a camp site and tent cabins:
• Summer (March-Oct): $29 (adults), $20 (children 20-11), $75
• Winter (Nov-Feb): $27, $18, $65
• Holidays: $30, $21, $85
Notes: There is a two-night minimum on weekends and a three-night minimum for holidays…There is a $9.25 service fee per reservation plus a 12% LA County occupancy tax and an 8.5% eco fee.
How And Where To Make Camping Reservations On Two Harbors
You can book online with Reserve America.
The phone number is (877) 778.1487. For groups of 20 or more, please call 310.510.4242 or email [email protected]