Guest Groups

Not Your Typical Church Retreat

Campus by the Sea is like no other Christian Camp and Conference Center you have ever visited. Even getting here is an adventure! Large groups come directly to our pier on a privately chartered Catalina Express from San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point terminals. With these departure options, we are an ideal choice for Christian church groups, other non-profit organizations, and public or private schools from all over Southern California. These ports are less than a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties. We even serve groups from the Inland Empire, Nevada and Arizona that desire our unique location: a secluded, private cove just three miles west of Avalon on wild and beautiful Santa Catalina Island CA.

Our facility is ready to host your event February through Thanksgiving and will comfortably serve groups of 20 to 250 with a maximum capacity of 300 guest beds. Enjoy three major indoor meeting venues, a huge seaside, outdoor amphitheater, dining room with ocean views, spaces for break-out sessions and 50 separate housing units (for 3-9 people each).  

Our Response to Concerns About COVID-19

Click link above for a PDF download of what we are doing to ensure safety of campers. CBS Health Announcement 031720 Website.pdf

Our accommodations are simple, modest structures: tall canvas tents on raised plywood platforms; open-air cabins with little or no glass for maximum ventilation; enclosed cabins with traditional doors and sliding windows. These units do not have electricity or attached bathrooms. Our centrally located Bathroom Pavilion is state-of-the-art: complete with lights, electrical outlets, flush toilets and hot showers.

Meals are served buffet-style in a modern, spacious dining hall with optional dining inside or on the expansive, covered veranda with incredible views of the ocean. Our chefs prepare fantastic home-made cuisine, avoiding pre-packaged entrees by making delicious meals from fresh ingredients. We are particularly known for our fresh baked goods, desserts and breads.

Meeting spaces are included with group rental facilities and feature multi-channel sound systems and video projection. Our largest meeting space, the Main Deck, seats up to 240 people and there are extra rooms for breakout sessions. All guests are expected to participate in scheduled sessions and activities. Guest groups developing their own program should include regularly scheduled, instructional meetings with qualified instructor. A copy of your program schedule will be needed by the date of your conference.

Recreation opportunities abound to all rental groups, from our self-serve options like volleyball and basketball to our supervised, lifeguarded waterfront activities like kayaking and snorkeling. Activities are included in our per person rates.


Explore our website and discover why many guest groups make Campus by the Sea their annual tradition for:

  • Church group overnighters
  • Youth pastor retreats
  • Summer residential camps
  • Men’s groups
  • Public school sleep-away camps
  • Non-profit organization getaways
  • Christian club conference events
  • Outdoor adventure groups
  • Elementary school outdoor education
  • Senior class trip
  • NPO conference center site
  • Private Christian school orientation week
  • Women’s conferences

CBS is ready to serve you as the most unique Christian retreat center in Southern California.

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