Part 2: Adventures in Paradise

Snorkeling - Two Harbors - Catalina

I have already whispered the secrets of the unincorporated town of Two Harbors, however I left you in the dust regarding what there is to do there!  Check out the outdoor adventures to be had on the around the corner getaway.

Snorkel or Scuba Dive

The water around Catalina is clear and clean, with visibility ranging from 40-100 feet. Water temperatures vary from 55-72 degrees year-round, making it an ideal and very satisfying place to snorkel or scuba dive.  Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center offers PADI certification training, gear rentals, guided dives, snorkel tours and more.

Or if you have your own gear, simply take on the water head first, I recommend a wetsuit first, and explore the underwater wonders that Catalina has to offer.  The above and below pictures were taken at Two Harbors Campground/USC Research Center & Emerald Bay.

Catalina Sting Ray
Garabaldi - California State Fish

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking on Catalina offers expansive views of the Pacific and gives you a way to see the area surrounding Two Harbors.  Rentals are available at Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center for $18 an hour or $54 for the day. The dirt roads of the island offer a wide range of comfort for novice to experienced bikers.  Feeling adventurous we decided to bike our way to Emerald Bay, one of the famous snorkel sites in the area.  A relatively mild ride that hugs the edge of the island for about 6 miles, 12 round trip.  It’s well worth the rental expense and a ton of fun, but make sure to bring plenty of water and some food as once your out there you have no options!

Mountain Biking Catalina
Emerald Bay

Kayaking, Hiking, & Fishing

Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center offers rentals, tours, and permits for all the above activities!

Dining/Drinking Two Harbors

I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t fill you in on the food options in the tiny town of Two Harbors.  The West End Galley offers a decent breakfast and stunning heaps of fried clams for lunch.  Open year-round its a causal place to grab a quick bite to eat.  Harbor Reef Restaurant serves a brilliant lunch of tacos, burgers, salads and sandwiches, also open for dinner.

Harbor Reef Restaurant - Outdoor Patio & Bar
Best Ruben You'll Ever Eat -- And I Grew Up Next to Manhattan!
Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos

Last but not least is the local hang out the Harbor Reef Saloon.  This local bar has a specialty that has people sneaking it at all hours to get a taste, Buffalo’s Milk.  A local drink legend that is made up of 3 different liquors, milk, and kahlua.  Non of my favorite ingredients which caused me to restrain from trying one until the day we were leaving.  We had a seat in front of the bar as the local and tourist crowd alike congregated around what I am betting are the only two TV’s in Two Harbor’s for the Women’s Soccer World Cup.  I watched the bartender dish out literally hundreds of these drinks in 3 hours.  I eventually gave in and had to take a go at it.  Surprisingly this blended concoction is delicious.  Don’t wait as long as I did to give it a whirl.

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