Camping is the best way to get away from Avalon and stay on other parts of the island. It’s also a great way to get to know the precious Catalina  wilderness in an up close and personal way.
Check the island’s visitor website (www.visitcatalinaisland.com ) for a list and descriptions of all the major campgrounds around the island. Also be sure to read the regulations, which are more stringent than at some other camping areas and are strictly enforced.
Permits are required for all campsites. Also check out the equipment rentals; if you don’t want to bring your own tent and gear, you can rent it at the Two Harbors ranger station.
You have a choice of more than half a dozen campgrounds, some on the coast and some up the mountains in the interior. One of the largest and most developed campgrounds sits just outside the tiny town of Two Harbors (adults $12, children $6). You can bring your own tent and equipment, rent it, or book one of the tent cabins at this site.
The tent cabins come with cots and mattresses, sunshades, and a camp stove and lantern in addition to the usual barbecue grill, fire ring, and picnic table. All campers have access to showers, restroom facilities, and lockers to keep valuables safe while you’re out exploring the area.
If you’re looking to camp on the beach, check out the Little Harbor (adults $12, children $6) campground. Located seven miles away from the town of Little Harbor, the sandy campsites make a perfect place to sleep if your aim is snorkeling , kayaking , and playing out away from all the casual tourists.
You’ll find potable water, showers, and toilets here. The best way to get to the Little Harbor campground is to take the Safari Bus, so be sure to book seats and space for your gear when you book your campsite.
Perhaps the coolest way to stay on Catalina  is to bring or rent a kayak and paddle into one of the boat-in campsites (adults $12, children $6). These nine primitive campsites can’t be accessed by land at all—you must bring and moor your own boat. You’ll get a wholly natural experience at any of these beautiful remote locations, with no running water, shower or toilet facilities, or shade structures.
Whatever you want and need, you must pack into your boat with you. A ranger checks each campsite daily, so you’re not completely cut off from the outside world. However, take precautions such as bringing a two-way radio and an above-average first-aid kit just in case an emergency crops up.