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Hotels in Two Harbors near Catalina Island

Catalina Island Introduction

Mix a remote destination with resort-style amenities, and you've got Catalina Island, a dreamy Pacific getaway miles from the nearest coastal California city. The main town of Avalon here is packed with boutiques and coffee shops, while deserted inland hills offer epic hikes with panoramic views over the brilliantly blue sea below. Whether you prefer diving with colorful fish, playing rounds of 18 under the sun, or watching bobbing boats from a sandy beach, you'll enjoy the idyllic island life here.

Hotels in Catalina Island

If you're looking for a romantic resort with an on-site spa and in-room garden tub or a quaint inn just steps from the sea, you'll find the perfect Catalina Island hotel for your getaway. Boutique properties are in full supply here, boasting unique rooms, concierge services, and often an inclusive breakfast to top things off. Accommodations near the bay typically feature breezy rooms with large patios where you can sip your morning coffee and watch the sun dance on the blue waters below. And even though the destination is remote, you can expect free WiFi.

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Where to stay

Catalina Island hotels are mostly located in and around the town of Avalon. The compact downtown zone is full of amenities, from gift shops to Mexican bites, so you'll never have far to walk staying here. Hotels along the waterfront Crescent Avenue often have views of the bay, while the inland blocks tend to be a little quieter. On the other side of the island, the tiny community of Two Harbors feels remote and secluded, with limited hotel and dining options but plentiful views and opportunities to adventure around Isthmus Cove and on nearby trails.

Things to see

Whether it's a round of golf, a shopping spree, or a hike with coastal views, there's tons to do on Catalina Island. Most visitors make their base in the resort town of Avalon, where a waterfront shopping and dining district along walkable streets is full of beachy boutiques, bakeries, and seafood joints. The Green Pleasure Pier is a landmark of the town, jutting out into the Avalon Bay with a sandy beach on either side and boats bobbing in the water all around. From here you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to go exploring or book an excursion out to sea. Popular choices include glass-bottom boat rides where you can watch the colorful fish swimming below and excursions in search of lounging sea lions and leaping dolphins. If you're up for a hike, head inland toward the Wrigley Botanical Garden, where trailheads lead uphill for views over the coast.

How to get to Catalina Island

The only way to reach Catalina island is by sea or air, since the destination is about 30 miles off the coast of southern California. Ferry rides to the town of Avalon depart from ports in Newport Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point, and Long Beach and take about an hour to reach the island. For an even faster trip, helicopters can be booked from a few of the same departure cities as well as airports in the Los Angeles area. If you're staying in Avalon, you won't need a car to get around, but local buses and bike rentals are available.