Catalina Island

Exclusive Two Harbors Casas Offer Authentic Island Lifestyle

 

A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the view of Cat Harbor (aka Catalina Harbor), from Casa Santa Cruz. Photo courtesy of CIVR
A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the view of Cat Harbor (aka Catalina Harbor), from Casa Santa Cruz. Photo courtesy of CIVR

The perfect vacation spot is an elusive destination. Finding the ideal combination of atmosphere, adventure and relaxation is a complicated quest that many have found leads them to Two Harbors on Catalina Island’s remote West End. Surrounded by dramatic hillsides, the isthmus of Catalina Island is nestled between two scenic bays. Two Harbors has been attracting vacationers for more than a century and is home to about 200 year-round residents. Living full‐time in Two Harbors, surrounded by Catalina Island’s natural beauty and the relaxed ambiance is something that most people can only dream about. There are two homes available to visitors that have inspired plenty of dreams of island life. With two stories of windows over‐looking Isthmus Cove, one of those houses, now known as Casa Santa Rosa, was the home of Doug and Audrey Bombard, the long‐term operators of Two Harbors Enterprises and the founders of Catalina Express. The couple was working for the Wrigley family when Mrs. Helen Wrigley thought Doug and his family needed a bigger house. Their new home was soon under construction. Built in the 1960s, Casa Santa Rosa has dramatic cathedral ceilings to take advantage of the spectacular ocean view. Located on a slight rise, above the Two Harbor facilities, the home has long been one of the landmarks of this remote community. The location and sweeping view was hand‐picked by Doug for his family home. The other distinctive house in Two Harbors is now called Casa Santa Cruz. This second house, also built by the Bombards, features dramatic views and an open floor plan. Upon retirement, Doug sold both properties and moved to Avalon. “Today, the dream of island life can come true – at least for a little while,” said Amy Tran, the director of marketing for Catalina Island Vacation Rentals. “The two most luxurious homes in Two Harbors are now available for short‐term rental.” Casa Santa Cruz and Casa Santa Rosa both feature expansive outdoor areas, including ocean‐ view decks. The homes date from the 1960s and showcase that era’s open architecture. The stone walls surrounding each home’s outdoor areas were quarried from Catalina rock, allowing both properties to integrate with their environment. With bicycles, large screen televisions, beach towels and game boards visitors will find everything they need for the ideal getaway – whether they are visiting from the Southern California mainland or just from Avalon. Each home can accommodate up to eight comfortably. You can choose to reserve both for a nice celebration or reunion, since they are in close walking distance to each other. Long before it was a hot spot for getaways, the island’s narrowest spot was home to generations of native islanders, who created an island culture that endured for thousands of years. The isthmus also played a role during America’s Civil War, when Union Troops built a barracks overlooking its scenic vistas. And, Hollywood has long found the Isthmus to be both a versatile backlot and compelling playground. Today’s visitors will discover that Two Harbors hosts a restaurant, bar, general store and snack bar hamburger stand and is the gateway to a wealth of outdoor activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, fishing and kayaking. “Santa Catalina offers the perfect destination for a Southern California staycation,” Tran said. “And getting away to Two Harbors provides the ultimate in relaxation, isolation and adventure.” Catalina Island Vacation Rentals represents both Casa Santa Rosa and Casa Santa Cruz. CIVR is Catalina Island’s premier vacation rental company, offering nearly 200 Avalon homes, Catalina condos and Hamilton Cove Villas, in addition to the two exclusive Two Harbors Casas. For more information, visit CatalinaVacations.com or call (877) 275 ‐ 8290.