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Long Weekend at Catalina Island

June 4, 2012

We spent Memorial day weekend hiding out on Catalina Island.  We were on the quiet half of the island (two harbors) and hiked off to stay at a remote campsite for 2 nights.

Since Catalina is an island and parks are always struggling for money, I can’t fault them TOO much for the higher prices on campsites.  It was annoying, but I wanted to go badly enough that I was willing to pay for it.  All in all, it was a really great long weekend, but not somewhere I’d go every year, primarily because of the cost.  This is also why it took us over 4 years of living in LA to visit!

Costs:
2 round trip boat tickets, San Pedro to Two Harbors:  $150
3 nights camping (2 at a remote site, 1 at established campground): $114 (First night, 21/pp, second and third night 18/pp)
Fire wood (1st night): $18
Water Jugs, 5 gallons and 2 bundles of firewood (supplied by park service at remote site):  $28
Restaurants/beer on island:  ~$75*
Parking:  $48 (this was so expensive!)
Total:  $433

*This is where we could have cut back, but… that is the problem with camping at/near established sites rather than being trapped in the wilderness!

This isn’t bad for a long weekend, but it is expensive for camping weekend, especially for primitive sites (these are typically free).  I’m someone who LOVES camping and generally prefers nature-focused vacations to city or tropical vacations – but I also like them because they are cheaper, so I can do them more often.

This is what we got out of it:


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2012 5:23 am

    Wow looks so nice!

  2. June 4, 2012 5:45 am

    That looks nice, but wow, so expensive for a camping weekend! :S

    • June 12, 2012 5:09 pm

      But cheaper than a non-camping weekend on Catalina!

      I was going to add that vacations that include hiking (though not necessarily camping) are my favorite kinds, until I realized that every vacation we’ve taken in the past couple of years (excluding family visits) has included some hiking! 🙂

  3. June 4, 2012 7:38 am

    wow those stars are amazing!!!

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