New Rustic Palapas and Meeting & Event Space Available on Catalina Island’s West End

This month, the iconic village of Two Harbors on Catalina’s west end will see a transformation with its revitalized oceanfront at Harbor Sands. Part of the Catalina Island Company’s ongoing investment in the island, Harbor Sands brings back the relaxed South Pacific ambiance reminiscent of Two Harbors in the 1930s, when thatched huts lined the shores of Isthmus Cove.

Harbor Sands will feature rustic palapas and lounge chairs set on 1,900 tons of newly imported white sand. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious selection of South Pacific-inspired seafood bites and refreshing tropical libations on the new oceanfront Reef Point dining deck or have their orders delivered directly to their beachside palapa or lounge chair.  

“At Harbor Sands, visitors can enjoy a true South Pacific experience without traveling halfway around the world,” said Randall Herrel, Sr., president, and chief executive officer of the Catalina Island Company. “Harbor Sands beckons guests to relax under the sun and feel the caress of cool ocean breezes. It’s the perfect spot for boaters, campers, couples, and everyone looking for a quick escape from their hectic mainland lives.”

Six spacious palapas, each seating up to eight, are furnished with a comfortable daybed, ottoman,  lounge chairs and coffee table. Because of its scenic beauty, Two Harbors was once Hollywood’s chosen location for South Seas filming. Paying homage to this Hollywood past, each Harbor Sands palapa is named after a movie that was filmed in Two Harbors. 

Harbor Sands palapas are excellent for small celebrations, such as birthdays, girlfriend getaways, bachelor parties, or intimate gatherings. In addition, Harbor Sands also features two enhanced group and event spaces, which are ideal for corporate day trips, weddings, seafarer’s gatherings, and any other occasion that requires complete, professional catering for up to 250 guests. Group space is also available in Two Harbors at Buffalo Park, Cat Harbor, Banning House Lodge & Villas, Little Harbor and Parsons Landing campgrounds, and the highly-coveted Brisa del Mar and Bahia Azul group campsites. 

“With the addition of the renovated group sites, Harbor Sands visitors really can have a complete island escape,” said Dave Stevenson, vice president of sales and marketing for the Catalina Island Company. “In addition to catering, our team of experienced professionals can also coordinate hours of fun with over a dozen activities, such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, mountain biking, and more.”   

Harbor Sands at Two Harbors is easily accessible on the Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro, via IEX Helicopters, or by private boat. This spring, the Catalina Island Company will be launching a new boat tour from Avalon to Two Harbors aboard the Cyclone. The Catalina Island Company continues to expand its quality offerings in both Avalon and Two Harbors, encouraging visitors and locals to enjoy California’s Island Escape™ in more ways than ever.

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About the Catalina Island Company

The Catalina Island Company is the premier resort operator on Catalina Island, providing a complete resort experience, with dining establishments, hotels, entertainment venues, and more than 20 land and sea activities. Notable recent additions from the Catalina Island Company include the opening of Catherine’s Terrace oceanfront meeting and event space; Island Spa Catalina, the island’s only experiential spa; and a revitalization of Descanso, current hub for Descanso Beach Club, Descanso Fresh, the Zip Line Eco Tour and future base for the Catalina Aerial Adventure and Descanso Drop Tower. Additionally, the Catalina Island Company oversees the entire village of Two Harbors on the island’s west end, including Harbor Sands, the Banning House Lodge & VillasHarbor Reef Restaurant, several campgrounds, and more.