Little Harbor Campground
Little Harbor Campground is by far and above my favorite on Catalina Island. If you are dreaming of a secluded cove perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and a white sand beach, far away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles or San Diego, this is the place.
Little Harbor is located on Catalina’s windward side. You can either hike in or take the Safari bus from Avalon or Two Harbors. So, it’s the perfect mix of remote and accessible for families. Unlike Hermit Gulch Campground and Two Harbors Campgrounds, there are no bars within walking distance, so you don’t have to deal with all-night partyers returning from the bars to continue at their campsites.
Little Harbor campground offers showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, barbeques stands and fire rings with each site. You can rent snorkeling equipment and kayaks from Wet Spot Rentals during the months of July and August, or by reserving in advance – call (310) 510 2229.
Check in: You must check in before heading to your campsite. You can do this in Avalon at Island Plaza or in Two Harbors at the Two Harbors Visitor Services building (right behind the wharf). For more information you can call (310) 510 8368. There is a 10-day maximum booking for the campsites. Reservations are required – don’t show up on the day and expect availability.
Little Harbor Campsites
There are a total of 23 campsites at Little Harbor Campground. Included in that are eight group camping areas. There are no tent cabins here, only Hermit Gulch Campground and Two Harbors Campgrounds offer tent cabins. It is possible to rent camping gear at the visitors center in Two Harbors, including four and two person tents, propane stoves, sleeping bags and mats, lanterns and a few other items.
The campsites themselves are spaced apart nicely, and some are really close to the beach, so you can open your tent flap and step right onto the sand. Campsite #12 (pictured above) is a good example of that, and #10 and #11 are also right on the beach. Other campsites aren’t much further away, nestled amongst the palms just a short walk in from the beach, or just on the other side of the road. A map of the Little Harbor campsites showing the number for each site is at the bottom of the page. The photo directly below gives a good view of campsites #10, #11, and #12.
Directions: How to Get to Little Harbor Campground
Little Harbor campground is located roughly seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon. It is accessible by Safari Bus from either side (pictured in the Little Harbor campsite map below), or by hiking. You can also have your baggage brought in from Two Harbors, but order this service in advance when you make your reservations and space is limited. Hiking in is possible, but be warned that the trail is rough in parts and fairly strenuous, so you want to make sure that everyone on your party is prepared and in good shape before you hit the trail.
Little Harbor Campground Fees and Prices
Prices vary depending on seasons and time of week.
Summer Season: 6/12 through 9/5
Midweek is $14.00/night for adults and $7.00/night for children. Weekends are $16/night for adults and $8.00/night for children.
Winter Season: 1/1 through 3/11 and 10/16 through 3/10
Midweek is $12.00/night for adults and $6.00/night for children. Weekends are $12/night for adults and $6.00/night for children.
Spring Season: 3/12 through 6/11 and 9/6 through 10/15
Midweek is $12.00/night for adults and $6.00/night for children. Weekends are $14/night for adults and $7.00/night for children.
Groups of 20 or more should call (310) 510 8368 ext. 1414. Please note that reservations booked over the phone are subject to a $25.00 administration fee.
Little Harbor Campground Location
The campground is located between Two Harbors and Avalon, closer to Two Harbors. It is accessible by Safari bus from either side and also by hiking or kayak. Check our Catalina maps page for a map of Catalina Island campgrounds.
Little Harbor Campground Reviews
The overwhelming opinion by our team and my own family, as well as reviews I’ve read online in blogs and various review sites is that Little Harbor Campground is a gem. It is generally not crowded, and the party crown tends to stay near Avalon and Two Harbors, in closer proximity to bars and the Catalina Island nightlife. On most nights, the only sounds you’ll hear are the waves crashing on the rocks and bullfrogs croaking in the creek that runs alongside the campground.
Little Harbor is accessible in a number of ways including hiking, kayaking (many kayak tours stop here), and Safari Bus. Gear transport can be arranged from Two Harbors, and there’s lots to do here. If you love beach activities like swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, this is a great destination. You can hike up on the bluff and take in the beautiful view, but watch for rattlesnakes!
Little Harbor Campground Map
Other Campgrounds on Catalina Island
There are a total of 5 campgrounds on Catalina Island, and 9 boat-in only campsites. Use the links below to find out about fees, reservations, rules, and some of Catalina’s best kept secret camping spots!
- Blackjack Campground Catalina Island
- Hermit Gulch Campground Catalina Island
- Little Harbor Campground Catalina Island
- Parsons Landing Campground Catalina Island
- Two Harbors Campground Catalina Island
- Boat-in Only Campsites on Catalina Island