Two Harbors Travel Guide

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Two Harbors Things to Do

  • Diving, snorkling, kayaking.......

    The local dive shop at the base of the pier rents all the dive equipment you will need to explore the beautiful waters near by. They also rent kayaks, mountain bike, etc.....

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  • Activity sheet

    During the busier summer months a weekend flyer is printed and available in the information office on the pier. It lists all the great activities and the bands that are visiting and playing. a great way to help plan a great weekend.

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  • Sail with the dolphins

    While you will probably not be swimming with them you will probably see them chasing the bow of your boat during the summer time ride over to the island. Kind of a cool sight. We saw schools of them going both ways on this trip.

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  • Local Yacht Club

    While these places tend to be members only, people on the island are a bit friendly and may invite you in for a drink or card game if you chat one up a bit on the island

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  • Playground for the youngsters

    If you happen to bring your small children along on this trip there is a small playground for them in front of the school house.

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  • School is in

    For the few people that liver here year round there is a small school house. Not much but kindof a reminder that rural America still exists.

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Two Harbors Restaurants

  • Buffalo(Bison) Burgers

    This is the only place in town to dine at asside frome the West End Galley. You can sit inside or out. There is a patio in the front overlooking the harbor or one in the back. Unless it is raining I would suggest sitting outside if you can get a table as weekends can get a bit crowded For $11-12 the have a 3 egg omelette bar on Sundays. There are...

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  • We all scream for ice cream

    This place is located on the side of the General Store. Since the stuff is tough to keep cold on a boat unless you have a full size frig on a 50+ ft power boat this is the place to go to after hiking around the island. Cold ice cream

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Two Harbors Nightlife

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    There are two bars here. They are all more or less in the Harbor Reef Restaurant but this one is out front over looking the pier. They have live bands during the summer weekends and the place offically turns into a bar at 10pm so if you have young kids with you they will ask them to leave due to state drinking laws. I don't like them since they are a bit sweet for my tastes but order a round Buffalo's milk for your friends and find out yourself if you dig them....It's the local specialty here

    Dress Code: The is none...just don't come naked

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    • Fishing
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Two Harbors Transportation

  • Private boat

    The most common way to get to Two Harbors is by private boat. Most of the local yacht clubs have thier own morings here so it is a popular destination for local boaters both sail and power. The ride from Redondo Beach is around 4 hours if motor/sailing a sailboat. Power boats can get here in a hour or less depending on the engine and how much gas...

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  • Safari Bus

    If you mis the boat to Two Harbors you can alway take it to Avalon and catch the bus over. You need to make reservations but this is a quick way to get over from Avalon. They also run other services to the Airport in the Sky, Little Harbor etc. The ride cost about $30.00 each way. Check the web site since there are other services...and some people...

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  • Catalina Express

    Catalina Express is probably the cheapest way to get to Two Harbors. Service is on modern catamarans and quick monohulls. The offer service directly or via Avalon year round with increased service during the summer months. An adult ticket RT ticket cost roughly $70. The ride to Two Harbors from San Pedro takes a little over an hour and is smooth...

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Two Harbors Shopping

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    The General Store has it all. In the front you can buy everything from Two Harbors hats/tee shirts to local sea shells and postcards. In the back there is a small grocery store that sells a little bit of eveything abet a slightly marked up price since everything there has to be send over by barge from the mainland.

    What to buy: Two Harbors shirt or they even sell frozen bait and some tackle if you want to do a little fishing

    What to pay: at least 10-15% more than what the same thing would cost on the mainland. It is best to bring your own booze.

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    • Sailing and Boating

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Two Harbors Warnings and Dangers

  • Dinghy dock traffic

    During the summer weekend the dinghy dock can get a bit crowded. Remember to tie up with a long line so others and get ashore and be careful getting on the dock so you don't slip into the water

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  • Ship traffic

    If you are able to find a friend with a boat keep in mind the channel between LA and Catalina Island is amin artery for the LA Harbor/Port of Long Beach. Remember to hoist a radar deflecter if you are out in the fog or crossing at night since one of these big ships could split a boat in two without the crew ever feeling a thing. This one we saw was...

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Two Harbors What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: A backpack or duffle if you are camping

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A decent pair of tennis shoe or trail walkers, light cloths for the summer as temps average from the 70-80s (it may get a bit cooler at night but not much). In the winter this place is not as popular and it will rain from time to time so rain gear is a must

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything here at the general store. Keep in mind the island is a giant nature preserve so stick to camping supplies that do not hurt the environment.

    Photo Equipment: An underwater camera if you want to take pics of your dive. The cheap disposable ones do not work well in the kelp

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The ususal if you are camping. During the summer it can be dry enough to sleep under the stars so you may not need a tarp.

    Miscellaneous: Booze sells for a island premium so bring your own and keep it confined to the camp grounds as walking around town outside of the bar will get you in trouble with the Sherrif.

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Two Harbors Off The Beaten Path

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    Since most of the island is a nature preserve there is some barbed wire fencing along the trails to keep some of the islands wild animals from feeding on the local plant life. Some of the Concervancy volunteers have gotten a bit creative some of the barbed wire and crafted names or messages into the remaining fencing

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Two Harbors Sports & Outdoors

  • Free diving/snorkeling

    If you are not a certified diver or just to cheap to rent a tank as I can be you can free dive or snorkel. You can rent everything at the local dive shop or just bring a cheap mask from the mainland. The isand is littered with small coves and kelp patties that have fish wandering around them. The kelp forest to me are like wandering around a...

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  • Sail there

    One of the best ways to get to the island is to sail there or around. You can usally get some wind around noon which is the time you will start to see the sailboats head home. On this trip we even passed a few dolphins on the way there and back.

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  • Hiking

    There are plent of trails to hike around the island. Most are easy and can be done with boat shoes while a "few" might require boots. Go to the visitors center at the base of th pier for a map and a permit (they are free from the Conservancy) and pick a trail.

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Two Harbors Favorites

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    by flynboxes Written Jul 19, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Since there is only one place to stay on the island chances are if you visit you will be camping or on a boat. There are "clean" bathrooms on the island with coin operated showers for a buck. Out front of the showers there are small foot lockers that you can put your valuables in while you was up. There is also a coin operated laundry if you need to wash which is located to the right of the showers. If not there are often outhouses at some of the campgrounds if you don't mind the smell.

    Fondest memory: Not as many people as Avalon. If you are more into nature then this is the place. You will tend to rough it a bit more but that is part of the adventure.

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