This past weekend we sailed on our friend's boat to Catalina Island for his 30th birthday. We booked three nights on one of the nine boat-in only campsites and it was an amazing experience! The weather was perfect and the water was crystal clear. Find out how you too can camp on your own private beach! It's a perfect idea for special occasions and celebrations... or maybe even pop the question on Catalina Island?
This weekend our friend invited us sailing on his newly bought 35 foot boat with seven of our other friends to celebrate his 30th birthday on Catalina Island. He had booked three nights on our very own private beach on one of Catalina's 9 boat-in only campsites. We had no idea this was even an option and didn't have a clue what to expect.
It took us about 8 hours to get to Catalina as there was no wind...
But we finally arrived, and after a little confusion on what beach we had booked we set anchor. The campsite's are located between Avalon and Two Harbors, Catalina's two main towns on the island.
As none of us had been to Catalina we had no idea how beautiful the beaches here were! I personally was expecting it to be much like the beaches back on the mainland but the water was so crystal clear and the color of the ocean reminded me of the emerald bays in the Pacific Northwest.
We came prepared for fun on the water with two paddleboards, blow up floating donuts and pizza's and snorkels. I recommend you do the same!
The campsites come with picnic tables and some even have their own hiking trails. As there was a few of us, it did take a few trips to get our gear onto the beach. I think we definitely could have packed a lot lighter...
We spent one of our days exploring Two Harbors and another day in Avalon. Even though both places were gorgeous and loads of fun, we all think we should have spent more time on our little piece of paradise... if only we had more time. Isn't that always the way!
We spent the evenings drinking, eating and night swimming. Did I mention the water was full of bioluminescent creatures that lit up the ocean every night?
Here's to Catalina Island... It was the best weekend ever! I'm pretty sure we will all be planning a trip back real soon.
If you're interested in camping on Catalina Island too then keep reading below to find out where to book your campsite and get information on getting to the island.
Items that will make your trip extra special!
How You Can Rent Your Own Stretch of Beach on Catalina Island!
How would you like to stay on your own private stretch of beach on Catalina Island too for a truly unique camping experience?
Catalina Island's boat-in only beach campsite's guarantee true seclusion! Mark your special occasion just like we did! Whether it's a milestone birthday you want to celebrate with all your friends or a romantic getaway for two, Catalina offers 17 sites at nine locations on the leeside shore of the island.
Sites are primitive; there is no running water or restrooms so you will need to be prepared. We brought our own tents but to be honest it was so warm the whole time that we could have packed light and only brought sleeping bags/mats and slept under the stars.
Costs: You will be happy to know that on Catalina Island it won't cost you an arm and a leg to have such a magical experience. And I'm not exaggerating, IT REALLY WAS MAGICAL! Campsites will set you back $20 per person per night with a two night stay minimum on weekends.
For reservations and more information on individual campsites click here.
Getting to Catalina Island and boat-in only campgrounds
Don't have your own boat? That's okay, you can catch a ferry from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport and Dana Point. For more information about getting the ferry to Catalina Island visit the Catalina Island ferry terminals page.
From Avalon or Two Harbors you can rent a boat or kayak and make your way to your campsite. For more information on renting kayaks to any of Catalina Islands campgrounds click here.
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