The quaint city of Avalon is only one square mile and most everything, including hotels, restaurants and shops are within walking distance. It’s a short five minute walk into town from the boat docks which island locals call the mole. The Islanders travel by walking or use a golf cart, however, there are other modes of transportation available on the island including cabs and shuttles.
Everything in Two Harbors is accessible by foot. A walk from one side of the Isthmus to the other takes about 15 minutes. The wide-open space of the island conservancy begins only about one hundred yards from the boat dock. Local residents walk or ride bicycles throughout the community and have cars for travel to Avalon, to the interior of the Island, or to other coves.
Some of the most beautiful parts of the Island can also be explored by way of guided tours into the interior. The interior is covered with broad valleys, isolated coves, and is home to the Catalina Island Fox, the Beechey Ground Squirrel, North American Bison, Catalina Island Quail and the Bald Eagle. There are also many endemic plants and flowers found on Catalina Island.
- Getting Around Avalon
Golf Carts are available for rent by the hour. A fun way to see all the amazing sights of Avalon and its surrounding hills.
Catalina Island Golf Carts: 310.510.2550
Island Rental: 310.510.1456
Taxi cabs are both convenient and easy to secure at the dock or in town. Private adventure tours and specialty vehicles available on request. Offered by Catalina Transportation Services.
Tours and Info: 310.510.0342
Taxi/Shuttle Service: 310.510.0025
Shuttles and tours
Shuttle service offers continuous loop service throughout Avalon between the mole and Descanso Beach, the Memorial Gardens. Schedule, fares and route information is available.
Catalina Transportations Services: 310.510.0342
Shoreboat service is a year-round water-taxi service providing transportation between vessels and the pier and other points outside Avalon Harbor such as Descanso Beach, or Hamilton Cove. Regular service to and from White’s Landing is provided only during the summer season. Special charter rates are available and can be arranged in advance.
The Avalon Shoreboats: 310.510.0409.
- Getting Around Two Harbors
The following services are provided by:
Catalina Island Company: 310.510.4205
Campground Gear Service
Free gear haul is provided between the Two Harbors Pier and the Campground at Fisherman’s Cove. Gear trucks meet scheduled passenger vessels. Unscheduled gear hauls are subject to charge.
Banning House Lodge Shuttle
Free passenger van service picks up arriving guests aboard scheduled passenger boats for transport to the Lodge and is on-call for guest transport within the community.
Water taxis shuttle riders to private yachts and coves outside the isthmus from the pier.
Cat Harbor Tram
During the summer season, on weekends, this bus service takes passengers across the isthmus between Cat Harbor and Isthmus Cove. The tram does not operate in the winter.
- Getting Into the Interior of Catalina
The most beautiful parts of the Island can be explored by way of guided tours into the interior. The interior is covered with broad valleys, isolated coves, and is home to the Catalina Island Fox, the Beechey Ground Squirrel, North American Bison, Catalina Island Quail and the Bald Eagle. There are also many endemic plants and flowers found on Catalina Island.
Catalina Safari Bus
Jeep Eco Tour
Ride in an open-air jeep, a naturalist guide drives you into remote places of Catalina.
Catalina Conservancy 310.510.2595 ext. 108
From Avalon, a visitor can take the Inland Expedition, the Skyline Drive Tour or the Cape Canyon Expedition to see unspoiled wilderness. From Two Harbors see the interior from the seat of a Hummer.
Discovery Tours: 310.510.4205
Hiking and Biking
Permits are required for extended treks and can be obtained from the Catalina Island Conservancy.
Conservancy House in Avalon: 310.510.2595
(125 Claressa Ave. Open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, may close for lunch)
Activities & Adventures
Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center: 310.510.4205
Located on the pier as you go ashore; bike rentals, maps and permits.