How to Camp on Catalina Island

Visited by more than 1 million people each year, Catalina Island, about 25 miles off the coast of Southern California, is a popular camping getaway.

You will need

  • Reservation
  • Camping permit
  • Kayak (optional)

Step 1 Consider camping at Hermit's Gulch Campground Consider camping at Hermit’s Gulch Campground if you want to sleep in nature but be close to the island’s largest town, Avalon. The campground is on a grassy field with trees.

Step 2 Look into camping at Two Harbors Campground Look into Two Harbors Campground, which offers tent camping as well as cabins. The campground sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean.

Step 3 Think about camping at Parson's Landing Campground If you’re looking for a secluded beach venue, think about camping at Parson’s Landing Campground. You must hike in or arrive by kayak to reach this campground.

Step 4 Ponder camping at Black Jack Campground Ponder camping at Black Jack Campground if you want to enjoy the island’s remote interior at the highest elevation. The campground is set among trees.

Step 5 Camp at an unofficial campground Camp at one of the island’s unofficial campgrounds along the shore for maximum solitude. There are 9 boat-in areas on the island with 17 unofficial campsites on the northeast shore of Avalon.