There comes a point in every person’s life where you’re simply sick and tired of staring at a screen all day while sitting on your office desk, counting the minutes until it’s time to go home.
I’ve been there, and I get it. But I’ve found a great way to break the monotony of your average, daily working life – spending time outdoors or more specifically, camping and hiking.
When I want to get away from the stress of work and the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, one of the places I love visiting is Little Harbor Campground.
If you’re looking for a place to simply unwind and get away from crowds of people, Little Harbor Campground is the place you want to be.
Little Harbor Overview
Little Harbor Campground is located on the windward side of Catalina Island and it has been named as One of the Best Campgrounds In The West by Sunset Magazine.
Sitting on the beachfront, Little Harbor is one of only two protected harbors on the backside of Catalina Island. It is located about 7 miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon.
The terrain is pretty flat and it is a nice, secluded campground, making it perfect for those who not only enjoy spending time in the water but getting away from crowds of people as well.
Little Harbor is far from popular bars in Catalina Island making it quite, unlike with Gulch Campground and Two Harbors Campgrounds, where partygoers often go to continue their night of fun when they’re tired of the bar.
Little Harbor is accessible through a Safari Bus, by hiking, or biking to the site making it remote but still accessible to families. There are gear transportation services available as well so you don’t have to worry.
Generally, the rates for Little Harbor are
- Summer (March 9 to October 27): Adults $22, Children $13
- Winter/Spring (October 28 to March 8): Adults $17, Children $8
- Holiday rates (3 nights minimum): Adults $24 per night, Children $14 per night
Campers have to check-in before going to the campgrounds, either at the Camping Center at the Tour Plaza in Avalon or the Two Harbors Visitor Services in Two Harbors.
Facilities and Amenities
Little Harbor has a variety of facilities and amenities that you can enjoy. There are a total of 23 campsites in the area, 8 of which are group camping sites. What’s great about these campsites is that they are spaced apart nicely, unlike other campgrounds where they are basically right next to each other. That way, you still get a bit of privacy.
In case you don’t own a tent, you can rent from there. You can also rent a sleeping pad, lanterns, a 2-burner stove, firewood, propane, and charcoal.
You can add the firewood, fire starters, charcoal, and propane to your reservation if you call Two Harbors Visitor Center. You can rent all the other supplies and equipment on a walk-in basis.
The tents and 2-burner stoves require a $100 deposit that will be refunded when you return them to Visitor Services in good condition.
If in case you don’t have a sleeping bag or you somehow forgot, they have sleeping bags for sale as well.
The campsites in Little Harbor have picnic tables, barbeque fire rings, showers, fresh water, and chemical toilets.
Things To Do At Little Harbor
A camping trip isn’t complete without some form of activities. Even if your main purpose was for some rest or relaxation, adding in a few activities can boost your mood, get you active, and put an extra large smile on your face.
Snorkeling is a great way to dip into the ocean and see what happens. Snorkeling doesn’t need all the equipment that scuba diving needs and as you know how to swim, you can do it!
BODY SURFING, BOOGIE BOARDING, SKIM BOARDING
If you’re up for a bit more physical activities, one of the beaches accessible from Little Harbor have some small waves where you can do some body surfing, boogie boarding, or skim boarding.
KAYAK OR STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
If you would rather relax a bit and paddle out into the ocean for a bit of peace and quiet, you can also rent a kayak and paddle out. If you’re experienced, you can also do some stand-up paddle boarding to get out into the ocean.
There are some hiking trails that you can go through if you want to turn your rest into an adventure. One way to access Little Harbor is through hiking as well, so it’s a great way to get those legs moving!
How To Get There
You can get to Little Harbor either from Two Harbors (which takes about 25 minutes) or from Avalon (which takes about 1.5 hours). You can take the Safari Bus, bike the route, or hike a pretty strenuous trail along an unpaved road.
The Safari Bus is a paid transportation service but baggage space is strictly limited to only one lap item and two larger items (37 x 23 x 23) for each passenger. If you have a lot more gear than that, you can get a gear haul truck from Two Harbors.
Note that Safari Bus reservations need to be made at the time you book your campsite.
If you want to make the most of the experience, I suggest you use the gear haul service from Two Harbors for all your equipment and then do the 6-mile hike to the campground. The hike takes about 4-5 hours and once you get there, your gear will be waiting for you.
Head Down To Little Harbor
So why choose Little Harbor Campground over the other camping grounds on Catalina Island? Simple – a deep sense of relaxation and restoration. There is nowhere else in Catalina Island where you will be able to get some peace and quiet away from the crowds of people.
Everything about the campgrounds say, “rest and relax” – from the campsites filled with facilities, the space between each campsite, all the equipment you can rent out there, and the fun activities you can do.
So if you’re fed up with life in downtown LA or any city for that matter, try going to Little Harbor Campgrounds in Catalina Island and see if it will.