Located on the west end at the island’s Isthmus, Two Harbors is a unique and rustic small island village getaway for outdoor and boating enthusiasts. Experience the rural surroundings of Two Harbors and Catalina’s interior. Enjoy the stunning views of both Catalina Harbor and Isthmus Cove where you can swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or rent a kayak. Stop in to the village’s one restaurant, one bar or snack shop and admire the beautiful ocean views or grab something on the go at the General Store. Explore Catalina’s interior where you’ll find plant life that is not found anywhere else…and animal life that’s just as rare. Visitors may spot Catalina fox, quail, buffalo, and even bald eagles while hiking along well-marked trails, biking over mountain roads or a high adventure tour aboard a hummer. Two Harbors allows you to be in a rural setting or keep to your urban likings by staying close to the amenities.
The upper beach of Two Harbors has a great sand volleyball court for beach volleyball enthusiasts. A fun way to get some outdoor exercise and enjoy the strikingly clear water and sandy beach. Rent a ball at Two Harbors Dive & Recreation a few feet away or bring your own for an enjoyable game in the sun.
Mountain biking on Catalina is a must-do for serious bikers. The dirt roads of the island interior offer challenging biking or easy cruising, plus awe-inspiring views. Mountain bike rentals are available or you may bring your personal bike on the Catalina Express with you.
A unique way to experience and stay in the outdoors. Two Harbors Campground is located on a bluff overlooking the beach, ¼ mile from the Two Harbors Village. Group rates are available and the site is open year round. There are also other campgrounds available throughout the island such as Little Harbor, Black Jack, and others that are accessible by hiking, boat-in or bus.
This quaint village only has one restaurant, the Harbor Reef Restaurant, one bar, the Harbor Reef Saloon and Patio Bar, and a snack bar, the West End Galley all conveniently located next to each other so there is an atmosphere and style for all to enjoy. On summer weekend nights there is a DJ on the dance floor connected to the Patio Bar for all to enjoy. And the local favorite, “The Buffalo Milk” is not to be missed and is one of the Patio Bars specialties. The West End Galley is the perfect spot for a quick and casual bite for either breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner during the summer season.
Fishing in the sparkling waters off Catalina’s coast is some of the best anywhere. Sea bass, yellow tail, and halibut are just a few varieties of fish you can catch. Equipment and skiffs are available.
The Two Harbors area offers day hikes ranging from easy to difficult, allowing both the casual hiker and serious trekker to traverse into the interior of the island. Some trails follow existing roads and some lead to ridges offering expansive views of the ocean, Channel Islands and mainland. Free hiking permits are required for extended treks.
The crystal clear waters around Two Harbors lead into secluded coves, caves, and reefs with amazing sea and bird life. Many of these areas are reachable only by watercraft. Spend the day kayaking, fishing, or try a naturalist guided tour.
The Banning House Lodge, the only bed & breakfast at the Isthmus, was built in 1910 as a summer home for the pioneering Banning brothers, who owned Santa Catalina Island. Now a historic, charming, Craftsman-style bed and breakfast, the Banning House Lodge offers sweeping views of the Isthmus of Catalina and Catalina Harbor from its romantic, hilltop perch above Two Harbors.
Each of the eleven rooms is individually decorated and has a private bath. There is also a trellised courtyard where you can sip a cool drink and view the California mainland on the horizon.
There are four areas for picnics or outdoor events in Two Harbors. They are on a first-come basis unless you reserve it in advance for a private event at the site. Bring your own meal or have it catered, and enjoy the afternoon.
The island’s favorite dive sites such as Ship Rock, Bird Rock, Emerald Bay, Isthmus Reef, Eagle Reef and Blue Cavern’s Point are all within 15 minutes aboard Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center’s dive boat, the “Garibaldi”. You can also enter the water right off the no-surf sandy beach, or paddle a specially designed diving kayaks and discover your own secluded cove.
Two Harbors offers easy access to some of the world’s best snorkeling. Voted “World’s Healthiest Marine Environment” by Scuba Diving Magazine, the water is clear and clean, with visibility ranging from 40-100 feet. Water temperatures vary from 55-72 degrees. Lessons, rentals and guided dive trips are available.
You can enter the water right off Two Harbors’ calm, sandy beaches, or paddle a specially designed diving kayak to a secluded cove. Dive masters are available for guided kayak/snorkel tours.
Lessons, rentals, charters and guided trips are available from the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center. They also offer snorkeling excursions aboard their 45-foot catamaran, Garibaldi.