Places to Stay

Enjoy your stay at any one of these fine establishments. In addition to these there are numerous others.

Cool style and warm hospitality await guests at the Aurora Hotel, Catalina Island’s modern boutique oasis.

With 16 rooms, two junior suites and the expansive Aurora Suite, the Aurora Hotel offers something for every traveler and every budget.

Free wi-fi, continental breakfast and a rooftop deck with dramatic ocean views are just some of the many amenities at this non-smoking property.

Enjoy the resort beauty of Hamilton Cove! Ocean view 1,2, and 3 bedroom villas include golf cart, tennis, gym, golf, croquet, children’s playground, jacuzzi, pool, sauna, BBQs on beach, etc. TV/VCR/DVD. Rent nightly/weekly.

Indulge yourself at Catalina’s premier boutique inn. Featuring breathtaking views of Avalon, luxurious bedding and classic Craftsman style, The Avalon Hotel offers an environment of understated elega.

Banning House Lodge Perched on a hill overlooking Two Harbors on Catalina’s west end, historic Banning House Lodge was once the home of Phineas Banning, one of the island’s early owners. This charming, Craftsman-style bed and breakfast features 12 en suite guest rooms, individually decorated to capture the character of an early 20th century lodge. Common areas include a sun room, lodge room with large fireplace, and a beautiful patio and courtyard, offering sweeping views of Two Harbors and the Isthmus. Complimentary continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese receptions, and shuttle service to and from Two Harbors are provided. For reservations, call 877.778.8322. For groups of 15 or more, please call 310.510.4249. Villa Santa Cruz Incredible views of Isthmus Cove and Catalina Harbor, and easy access to hiking trails, and other land and sea activities makes Villa Santa Cruz the perfect retreat for active families and small groups who want to get away without giving up all the comforts of home. Three bedrooms, two baths and a spacious loft with queen size pull-out comfortably accommodate up to eight guests, and the fully-equipped kitchen makes meal preparation a breeze. There’s also plenty of room for everyone to dine together, either indoors or on the harbor-view patio. Expansive windows and a relaxing solarium complete the island ambiance of this fully furnished Two Harbors vacation rental. For reservations, call 800.631.5280 or Villa Santa Rosa A short stroll from the beach and Two Harbors village, Villa Santa Rosa features a large front deck where you can relax and enjoy sweeping views of Isthmus Cove and beyond. Two master suites and two guest rooms with a third bath can comfortably accommodate up to eight. An open living area with massive stone fireplace is a great gathering place to enjoy a movie or take in the island scenery through a huge wall of harbor-view windows. The adjoining kitchen is fully equipped with modern amenities and large enough for group preparation of those family meals. There’s also ample space for everyone to dine either indoors or outdoors on the expansive deck. For reservations, call 800.631.5280 or

Black Jack Campground is nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near 2,097-foot Mt. Orizaba, Catalina Island’s highest peak. Situated several miles from both Avalon and Two Harbors, Black Jack offers a tranquil camping experience in the island’s interior. The campground is 1,600 feet above sea level and offers eleven sites with sweeping views of rolling terrain all the way down to the ocean.

Amnenities include: picnic tables, BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water and chemical toilets.

Black Jack Campground trail head is 9 miles from Avalon and 11.8 miles from Two Harbors. It’s accessible either on foot or by taking the Airport Shuttle from Avalon, or the Safari Bus. Once at the trail head, it is a 1.5-mile moderate hike into the campground.

Small non-smoking hotel 1/4 block up hill from beach. Some rooms have an ocean view. All rooms have private bath, and are clean, comfortable and affordable. For quiet guests liking a pleasant, old time place. Patio available.

3/4 blk from beach. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, package rates, ocean views, baggage storage, comp. coffee, A/C & heat, cable TV, King size beds, suites, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi/internet access, major credit cards.

Your Adventure Concierge. Whether it is a naturalist led hike, comfort camping, the Trans Catalina Trail, gear haul or an adventure expedition, Catalina Backcountry is proud to offer a personalized concierge experience to our guests. Our customized services are unique to each guest and are designed according to your own desires. With dedicated one-on-one service, we focus on all the minute details of your backcountry expedition, from transportation to the island and backcountry adventures to all the planning and coordination, while you enjoy the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation in the interior of our majestic Santa Catalina Island.

Naturalist led hikes are one of the best ways to explore the backcountry of Catalina on limited time. Suitable for all ages and abilities, our guides are experienced locals who are excited to share their knowledge and love of the island with you. Comfort camping is designed to satisfy your craving for the outdoors and your desire for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed like a hotel, only your room opens to a stunning Catalina Island landscape instead of a lobby!

Our campsite concierge includes such things as: Camp Host | 5-Course Gourmet Meals | Hot Water On-Demand Showers | Private Tent Massages | Kayaking | Snorkeling | Mountain Biking | Yoga | Serenades By Local Musicians | and more! Gear Haul is ideal for hikers, bikers, and campers who dread carrying heavy gear such as tents, water, food, wood, etc. while exploring Catalina Island. Do all of your exploring with a simple day pack while we arrange transfers from campsite to campsite along the trail.

Contact Catalina Backcountry for all your hiking, comfort camping, gear haul, customized adventure expeditions, and Trans-Catalina Trail needs. We look forward to providing you more information regarding your dream adventure on beautiful Catalina Island. Wedding Planning Imagine your dream wedding in the stunning backcounty wilderness of the island overlooking the beautiful turquoise ocean. As your own personal concierge we will plan and facilitate every detail of your special day.

Catalina Holiday-Hamilton Cove

(714) 841-5457

Celebrate your anniversary or honeymoon in your own luxury villa. Experience true luxury of a 5 star resort. From the finest linens to imported reclaimed Italian stone from the 15th century. You will feel as if you are a world away as you have one of the best views on Catalina Island.

Catalina Island offers five campgrounds and a number of boat-in only primitive campsites.

An independent camp for boys and girls entering grades 2-11. One to four week sessions. For a free brochure and video call us or visit our website.

Elegant amenities and great location, 1/3 block to beach and dining. New private patio suites, stylish harbor view rooms with balconies, continental breakfast, DVD players and more. Visit our website for 25-50% off rates Sunday-Thursday during the off season.

Tired of campgrounds? Try something wild! There are 17 boat-in primitive campsites at 9 beach locations between Avalon & Two Harbors accessible by private boat or kayak. NO facilities. A completely natural experience! Anchor or haul small craft ashore. NO moorings.


Include: Open deck (sit-on-top) Kayak, PFD & Aquabound Paddle. Many of these kayaks we rent for camping are no longer in production, we keep them just for kayak campers. There are a limited number in our fleet, so reservations are required. Kayaks are easy to paddle, can carry all your equipment, are easy to haul ashore in just about any island nook for a rest stop or opportunity to snorkel. Even novice paddler’s will find the paddling an easy challenge.


We can also deliver kayaks, dry bags, camping equipment, etc. rented from us to Two Harbors via truck or truck and trailer. If you plan to start in Avalon, with a group of six or less, our custom 25′ kayak-charter boat “Ama” is available to drop you, your gear and kayaks anywhere on the island. Please visit our website for complete kayak camping details!

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals (CIVR) makes accommodations planning a breeze. With nearly 200 properties to choose from, CIVR offers a wide range of Avalon lodging, including large homes, convenient condos, quaint cottages and Hamilton Cove Villas.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has intimate knowledge of the island and can help you determine the exact accommodation needs for your group. Our properties offer an out-of-the-box alternative, where your team can brainstorm with all the comforts of home. Renew your thinking with ocean or harbor views that will inspire. Each property is private, intimate and will be perfect for your next group retreat. Previous winner of the Avalon’s Harvey Cowell Business of the Year Award.

Summer camp on Catalina Island is a great way to spend the summer. Wonderful memories and new friends await at Catalina Sea Camp, one of California’s premier overnight summer camps.

Our one-week and three-week camps are one of a kind ocean adventure and marine biology summer camps located at Toyon Bay (2.5 miles by water from the City of Avalon) on Catalina Island. Sea Camp offers three one-week sessions for boys and girls ages 8-13 and two three-week coed sessions for teens ages 12-17.

Our hand-picked counselors and instructors create an atmosphere of fun and excitement while leading campers on a host of ocean adventure, marine biology, and social summer camp activities. Catalina Sea Camp is a program developed by Catalina Island Marine Institute, also known as “CIMI”. Rules for participation in Guided Discoveries programs are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.

Classic oceanfront boutique hotel located just steps away from the water’s edge, front street shopping, tours and restaurants. Complimentary WiFi and continental breakfast provided.

El Terado Terrace Mini Suites are ideal for families. We offer military and pilot discounts. The suites are a spacious 3 to 4 hundred square feet with full granite kitchens completely equipped, full sized refrigerators and stoves. The suites feature king and double/double beds, new large 37″ flat screen TV’s, DVD Players and classic Catalina art by a local artist. Several rooms have ocean views. One, two and three bedroom townhouses are also available. We also have a private sunbathing patio, another garden patio with BBQ facilities surrounded by palm trees and flowers. Wireless Internet is also available and it works almost anywhere in town.

Enjoy a 12% discount at Steve’s Steak House, The Buffalo Nickel Restaurant and other local activities.

The Glenmore Plaza Hotel is a newly remodeled Victorian-style historic hotel offering guests modern comforts and amenities. Just steps from the beach and in the center of Avalon, you’ll be surrounded by delicious dining and nightlife.

We offer our guests:

  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast
  • Courtesy shuttle to and from the boat and helicopter terminals
  • Convenient and relaxing on-location day spa.
  • Event space available for corporate meetings and group events (1700 sq. ft., capacity 150 people)

We look forward to taking care of the details so that you can enjoy your Catalina Island getaway. Ask about our group rates!

Hamilton Cove Real Estate & Vacation Rentals

116 Clarissa Avenue

Avalon, CA 90704

(310) 510-0190

Huge selection of ocean front and ocean view villas from 1 to 4 bedrooms. By night, week or month, all with full kitchens, patios and complimentary golf cart use. Fireplaces available in many units. Excellent value for families and groups. Specializing in Hamilton Cove Villas and Avalon properties.

Hermit Gulch Campground is Avalon’s only camping facility located within city limits. The campground is situated in Avalon Canyon near the Nature Center and the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden.

The campground offers a nice view of the surrounding hills that are home to a wide variety of endemic plant and animal species. Hermit Gulch Trail is accessible from the campground, and there’s access to other hiking trails nearby.

Hermit Gulch is great for first-timers and experienced campers alike. Being so close to town allows easy access to groceries, shopping, restaurants, tours, sight seeing and nightlife.

Hermit Gulch is a self service campground. We have tent cabins available which consist of a wooden platform with a canvas tent on top. Each tent cabin will have 6 army cots inside and comes with a 2 burner propane stove and a lantern. If renting a tent site please bring a tent and sleeping bag.

Charcoal, Duraflame logs, and propane are available at Vons and/or Chet’s Hardware Store. We encourage campers to purchase bottled water from the store prior to arriving at the campground.

Amenities include: picnic tables & BBQ stands at each campsite and tent cabin, lighted restrooms with flush toilets, outdoor kitchen style sinks, potable water, coin operated showers and lockers (quarters only) and vending machines.

Catalina’s friendly, economy hotel since 1896, offering simple, clean rooms at Avalon’s best prices. This historic property is located 1/2 block from the beach in the heart of Avalon. Some units with kitchens. Family units sleep up to 8. Non-smoking. Diver amenities, bike storage, 1/2 block from the beach. Pet friendly!

Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island is the only full service resort on Catalina Island. Featuring an on-site restaurant, sparkling outdoor pool, European style day spa, and flexible event space, Holiday Inn Resort is the perfect location for leisure or business travelers.

The resort was completely renovated and rebranded in November 2016 with modern furnishings and upgraded amenities. Guests of the Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island are invited to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle services, 24-hour fitness center, and access to the pool and lounge area.

With over 5,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space, Holiday Inn Resort is the perfect facility to meet all of your event needs. The property boasts 4 separate event spaces including a beautiful outdoor courtyard surrounded by the lush island landscaping. The indoor function spaces feature natural light and can accommodate diverse configurations hosting anywhere from 30 to 150 attendees. Professional meeting planners can also take advantage of the IHG Business Rewards Club program, earning extra points and a suite of benefits and useful planning tools.

For more details, rates and availability, visit Choose Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island for your island adventure!

Established in 1920, Hotel Atwater was the first hotel built by the Catalina Island Company under the ownership of William Wrigley Jr., who named the hotel after Helen Atwater Wrigley, wife of his son Philip Knight Wrigley. The newly-renovated hotel offers 95 rooms and suites that feature a fresh design and modern amenities, including mini-refrigerators, smart TVs, digital concierge tablets, luxurious linens, high-end fixtures and quality finishes throughout. The hotel’s welcoming lobby is a great place to gather for friendly conversation. An elevator, and meeting and event space further enhance the guest experience, making Hotel Atwater one of Catalina’s premier hotel destinations.

Guests at Hotel Atwater enjoy the following resort-style offerings for a requisite destination fee of $30 per room, per night.

  • $40 dining credit per night that can be used at any Catalina Island Company dining venue
  • Two splits of sparkling wine on arrival day
  • Discover the Casino Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat Voyage
  • Use of a bicycle
  • Fitness classes at Island Spa Catalina
  • Use of beach towels
  • Access to Descanso Beach Club
  • Luggage service from the ferry terminal in Avalon

Close to beach, shops & restaurants. Modern amenities, quiet & serene. Ideal for families or romantic retreats.

Hotel Catalina offers deluxe premium, mountain views, standard rooms, family cottages and a honeymoon cottage. Large verandas with harbor views, garden courtyard with Jacuzzi spa, gas barbecue, tables & lounge chairs. In-room 32″ flat screens, DVD/cable & internet.

Courtyard Garden Suites offers an exclusive ocean view owner’s penthouse suite, large ocean view suites, oversized courtyard rooms, extra large family rooms & connecting family room. Lush garden courtyard with cozy fire pit. 55″ flat screens/media enabled, DVD/cable, internet, refrigerators, coffee makers, microwaves, heat/air-con, newly remodeled bathrooms w/jacuzzi tubs. Courtyard Garden Suites AAA three-diamond rating.

Guests receive complimentary morning tea, Kona coffee, juice & fresh baked goods and 10% off breakfast, lunch or dinner at four of Catalina Hot Spots restaurants: El Galleon Restaurant & Karaoke Lounge, Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant, Original Jack’s Country Kitchen and Antonio’s Pizzeria and Cabaret.

Year round packages available.

Best deals on the beach, in the center of Avalon. The fourth generation Mac Rae family welcomes you to our cozy mediterranean hotel. Panoramic ocean views available, open air courtyard, complimentary continental breakfast, A/C, color cable TV/DVD, complimentary DVD’s, wireless internet, beach towels and after check-out shower facilities. Custom packages and fantastic midweek discounts for both summer and off-season.

Catalina’s finest beachfront hotel is located in the Metropole Market Place, which has a variety of restaurants and shops that make it the most convenient property. Start your day with our complimentary continental breakfast, end it in our rooftop Jacuzzi overlooking Avalon Bay. VIP oceanfront suites feature fireplaces, jacuzzi baths and private balconies which are also available in many of our standard rooms. All rooms include 40″ flat screen TV’s, free wifi, Aromatherapy products, newly renovated wood floors, many walk in showers, and much more.

Enjoy our Market Place: home-made soups, salads & sandwiches, pizza, beer, wine, the island’s best burgers, arcade, beauty salon, jewelry, clothing, gifts, specialty coffees with freshly baked treats, natural products and our heavenly day spa.

Private 2-bedroom Beach House available. Facilities for weddings and groups. Specials all year on our website.

On the beach overlooking Avalon Bay. Luxury accommodations with garden atrium. Rooms featuring jetted tubs, wet bar with stocked mini bar, fireplace, air conditioning, HDTV, DirecTV, complimentary DVD’s for use on your Blu-Ray / DVD player, complimentary continental breakfast featuring Starbucks coffee, bagels, pastries, cereals and freshly baked cookies and milk each evening. Ocean view rooms feature a private balcony and jacuzzi built for two. Transportation packages also available.

YOUR GETAWAY RENTALS! Beach cottages, condos, apts. $120 & up. Fully furnished ready to enjoy. Ideal for families and couples.

One of Avalon’s hidden treasures – full of old world charm reminiscent of New Orleans, with iron balconies, brick work, flowers and vine covered walkways.

1 1/2 blocks to beach, secluded location, quaint and clean. Kitchens, private baths, queen beds, A/C, TV’s with free HBO, double whirlpool tubs. Diver and family friendly. BBQ’s, low mid-week rates and packages. Free WiFi.

Rated “One of the Best Campgrounds in the West” by Sunset Magazine, Little Harbor Campground is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation. This beautiful campground is the only one on Catalina’s remote “backside.”

Amenities include: Picnic tables, BBQ and fire ring, Showers, Fresh water, Chemical toilets, and Kayak rentals available year-round from Wet Spot Rentals by advance reservation (please call 310-510-2229).

Little Harbor is accessible from either Two Harbors (25 min) or Avalon (1.5 hrs) by the Safari Bus or by biking or hiking a strenuous trail along an unpaved road. The Safari Bus is a paid service and baggage space is strictly limited to one lap item (included with ticket) and two larger items (37x23x23) per passenger. For excess baggage, gear haul truck is available from Two Harbors for a fee. Safari bus reservations should be made at time of campsite booking. Selected camping equipment is available for rent from Two Harbors Visitor Services.

Discover Catalina! Mountain & Sea Adventures (MSA) has been serving families and youth for 20 years providing safe and educational experiences on Catalina Island. Summer camp with MSA is a true adventure as you live aboard our 112’ floating camp, which visits several coves around the island each session! Nine weeks of summer camp serves youth from 8 – 17 with two weekends for family voyages. Spring and fall on land or sea for schools, church or other groups.

The former home of the Wrigley family, Mt. Ada is a Forbes Travel Guide 4-star hotel. Its six en-suite guest rooms, cozy den with fireplace, and comfortable living room offer spectacular ocean and island views in a relaxed ambiance reminiscent of a private residence. The large terrace overlooking Avalon Bay is a great place to enjoy a meal or spot one of the island’s bald eagles soaring on the breeze.

Mt. Ada amenities include:

  • Hot breakfast and seasonal lunch menus
  • Appetizers and wines served every evening
  • Fully stocked 24/7 Butler’s Pantry
  • Use of a golf cart to explore the island during your stay
  • Access to Island Spa Catalina’s amenities and fitness classes
  • Priority cabana and chaise lounge booking at Descanso Beach Club
  • Access to tennis courts and green fees at Catalina Country Club
  • Transportation to and from the ferry terminal, airport or heliport

Traditional B & B, Romantic, Historic Inn, beautifully decorated w/antiques. Spacious living room & sun porch. Honeymoon & anniversary favorite: private tile baths, fireplaces, superb hot breakfast including famous Catalina Granola, evening wine & appetizers. 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Parsons Landing is a secluded beach campground located seven miles west of the village of Two Harbors. The eight primitive sites accommodate up to eight people each and are accessible only by a moderately difficult seven-mile hike from Two Harbors or a two-and-a-half-mile hike from Emerald Bay. You can also kayak to the campground. Shade structures and running water are not provided; you must pack in your supplies.

Amenities include: BBQ & fire Ring, Picnic Table, Chemical Toilets, Water & Firewood. Guests must purchase at least one locker key with their reservation. Each locker contains one bundle of firewood and 2.5 gallons of water. Additional lockers are available by advance purchase only. Select camping equipment is available for rent from Two Harbors Visitor Services.

Only 14 steps from the beach in the heart of Avalon, Pavilion Hotel offers comfortable rooms and suites tastefully appointed in modern island style. Guests enjoy a full hot breakfast, with build-your-own omelette bar, and evening wine and cheese receptions in the ocean view courtyard.

Other Pavilion Hotel amenities include:

  • Comfortable chaise lounges and large fire ring
  • In-room lunch and dinner delivery options
  • Access to Island Spa Catalina’s Wellness Studio
  • Descanso Beach Club access and beach towels
  • Complimentary tours and activities
  • Use of a bicycle during your stay
  • Personalized concierge service
  • Luggage service from the ferry

European charm on Avalon’s oceanfront offering flowered courtyards, view sundeck, shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Elegant view suites, gas fireplaces. All rooms feature A/C , heat, in-room coffee, hairdryers, refrigerators, cable TV/movie channels, WIFI, beach chairs/towels and complimentary continental breakfast. AAA three-diamond rating ~ superior service ~ year round packages.

The Seacrest Inn is a conveniently located hotel on Catalina Island with accommodations for every budget. Each room at our Catalina Island hotel is decorated in a different theme and most have soaking or spa tubs with showers. Our guests are welcome to enjoy the covered rooftop patio which offers a secluded place to read or enjoy a cool drink. A sundeck with ocean views is available for guests.

The Seacrest Inn on Catalina Island is a perfect destination for romantic getaways, adventure travelers and those looking for a convenient Avalon hotel just steps from the beach and the attractions of Avalon. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Catalina’s Family Run, Smoke-Free B&B. Close to Beach, 18 Suites with Kitchens, Spa, Yoga. Family Friendly. Serving Families, Divers and Adventurers since 1980. Weekly rates.

Catalina’s Newest Ocean View Meeting Space, Wireless Internet. A/V equip, Catering. Near City Center & Beach.

Located on the oceanfront overlooking Avalon Bay. Snug Harbor is Catalina’s finest luxury Inn. This Cape Cod style theme features five star comfort and quality. All rooms feature an ocean view, fireplace, air conditioning, king size bed, goose down comforter, luxury robes, deep soak jetted bathtub, HDTV, DirecTV, complimentary DVD’s for use on your Blu-Ray / DVD player, Bose stereo CD player, wireless internet, beach chairs and towels, continental breakfast and evening wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. Transportation packages also available.

Located just 1/4 mile outside the village of Two Harbors on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Two Harbors Campground offers traditional tent camping, unique tent cabins, and our New Convenience Camping sites, which feature ungraded amenities for a more comfortable camping experience. All three camping options give you access to showers, chemical toilets, fresh water, picnic tables, BBQs and fire pits.

Two Harbors offers easy access to hiking and biking trails, as well as a number of water activities, including kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing and more. Food and camping supplies are nearby at the Two Harbors General Store, as are a number of dining options, including Harbor Sands, Harbor Reef Restaurant and West End Galley.

From the mainland, you can catch the Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro directly to Two Harbors. The Safari Bus makes scheduled runs between Avalon and Two Harbors, with stops at Black Jack and Little Harbor campgrounds.