Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Shark Harbor is an enclosed sandy cove on the backside of Catalina Island's interior.

The beach is small, with a few tables in the sand and a couple more, along with a vault toilet, on the road leading down to the beach. The cove lies adjacent to Little Harbor Campground, and permits camping if reserved through Little Harbor. Though whereas Little Harbor's cove's surf is protected, Shark Harbor is more exposed, making swimming here unsafe. However surfer's will hit the waves in Shark Harbor.

Due to its location in Catalina's interior, Shark Harbor is typically not crowded. Visitors must must arrangements via Catalina Island Conservancy Wildlands Express Shuttle to get a ride to Shark Harbor, or obtain a cycling or hiking permit from the Catalina Island Company to head into the interior.

The Trans-Catalina Trail passes right through Shark Harbor.

Water and a vault toilet are located at Shark Harbor.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Permit

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Camping is available.

Cons

Limited travel options to the area.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Picnic tables
Vault toilet
Backcountry camping

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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