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Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

Descanso Beach, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
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Ranked #3 of 3 Shopping in Avalon
Type: Shops
Activities: Kayaking
Description: A sports shop that offers many types of rentals, as well as programs for youngsters.
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Encinitas, California
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Everybody here was very helpful and informative as to how to paddle board, gave recommendations as to best technique, how not to loose your sunglasses, etc. They offer a variety of Aquatic sports and you couldn't get a better location.

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Laguna Beach, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We rented advanced paddle boards here. There are very few places on the mainland where you can rent a paddle board & venture out on open ocean without a guide/staff member. Well, that's fantastic! Calm, quiet & challenging all at the same time. Views were simply awesome. Staff were warm, friendly & efficient. Prices were reasonable compared to the mainland.... More

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Pahrump, Nevada
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131 reviews 131 reviews
21 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We had a great time. The walk from the pier was short and the guide was very informative. (Far better than our adventure on Hawaii.) The gear was first rate... The kayak guide was a young man who was very knowledgeable about Catalina Island and the fish/sharks in the ocean we were kayaking. He was great at spotting the batrays,... More

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Pitt Meadows, BC
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108 reviews 108 reviews
25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our family of 4 took on kayaking on Catalina Island, kids ages 10/13. We are newbies to kayaking and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Overall, it was a 2.5 hour experience with a 2 person kayak. What made this attraction average was the lack of safety standards and procedures other than the signature of their waiver form absolving them of all... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We got a tip to rent kayaks at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports and I'm so glad we checked it out. Aurora was extremely friendly and accommodating. She made sure we got exactly what we needed at a great price and was flexible about our return time. The equipment was in great shape and they helped us get the kayaks in... More

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Orange, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012 via mobile

I had a great time kayaking and paddle boarding at descanso beach last week during my visit to Avalon! Vincent Tejeda was wonderfully helpful! Thank you so much for all the fun!

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Port Richey, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

I'm sure my wife would give five stars, as she is a kayak fanatic. I'm not, but still had a great time when I booked a tour with Descanso Beach Ocean Sports. They were very friendly and quickly outfitted us with all we needed for a morning tour. You can pretty much tailor your tour to your interest and skill... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My family and I have been using this tour for several years. They are very caring and very focused on individual services. We wanted to paddle board and kayak. Our son has some special needs and we were not sure of his abilites. They sure did help us. Auroara and her staff to get fitted in the gear and select... More

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Encinitas, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

My boyfriend and I took the 3-hr kayak tour and we such a wonderful experience! The service overall was excellent. They provided all the clothing and gear for us so all we had to do was bring was ourselves and bathing suits. I felt extremely safe and comfortable throughout the trip, as there were several guides that directed our kayak... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

Service was very professional. Great value for the money paid. We booked an excursion through Carnival cruise and it was fantastic. Our guide, Randy, gave us a great walking tour on our way to the beach. Our guide, Scott Bryan, was the one who took us out in the kayaks. He is so kind and knows so much about the... More

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