Camping in Two Harbors

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Camping in Two Harbors
Photograph: Courtesy Catalina Island Explorer Little Harbor campsite

If you're looking to camp on Catalina, the area surrounding Two Harbors offers a bunch of great sites, including beachside, hike-in and even some you need a boat to get to. If you want the work done for you, spring for the "Essential Camping Package" which includes two nights at the Two Harbors campground complete with tent, sleeping bags and pads, stove, lantern, firewood and a specialized s'mores kit. Camping with a large group? Check out group sites Bahia Azul or Brisa del Mar, both within walking distance of town. Looking for a more homegrown camp experience? Little Harbor is a hike or kayak away from town, but still has shower and chemical toilet amenities for the 23 campsites and 8 group areas. (It was also voted one of the best campgrounds in the West by Sunset magazine.) Blackjack campground is about a 12 mile hike up to the peak of Mt. Orizaba—at 1,600 feet above sea level—and is a bit more private, with only 11 campsites. If you're looking to really rough it (and why not? that's half the fun), hike or kayak to the secluded Parsons Landings campgrounds, a beach site with eight primitive campsites (each can accommodate up to six people). Although there are chemical toilets and grills, there's no running water or shade structures here, so be prepared to pack in your supplies. If you like the idea of boating in to a campground, there are 17 sites at nine locations only accessible by boat or kayak—these are some of the most pristine and beautiful sites, although you'll need to pack in all your supplies (and there are no toilets or BBQ grills). Rangers check each site every day, so don't worry about getting stranded.



Venue name: Camping in Two Harbors
Address: Two Harbors

Price: $15-$40 (call for group site rates)
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