Visiting Catalina Island, CA
Stay at the Banning House Lodge in Two Harbors – the much more remote part of Catalina Island. Enjoy breakfasts out on their cobbled patio with views of the East and West harbors. Campsites are also a great option in Two Harbors, and across the island, as an alternative to the more touristy Avalon.
Grill at one of the charcoal pits right on the beach. Walk down to the bay for the evening, grab some veggies from the one store in town and enjoy dinner at a picnic table. Tip – make banana boats for dessert – slice into the skin of a banana and stuff it with chocolate chips and marshmallows, then wrap in tinfoil and heat over the charcoal grill until gooey inside.
Hike up both sides of Two Harbors – each a day trip in itself. The North and South trails provide dramatic views of the endless Pacific and barren Catalina hills – ask at the hotel for where the trails start. For an extra perk on the North trail out of town, look around halfway up for some locals-only hammocks nestled into the hillside trees. Catch your breath and enjoy the panoramic views.
Bus across the island to Avalon for finer dining and more history – make sure to enjoy the remote beaches and palm-treed bus stops along your way.
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