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Descanso Beach

Address: #1 Descanso Canyon Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-7410
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Ranked #15 of 63 Activities in Avalon
Owner description: Avalon's only seaside private beach club with restaurant and bar has been completely transformed to...
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Owner description: Avalon's only seaside private beach club with restaurant and bar has been completely transformed to feature upgraded facilities with new high-end amenities such as private cabana and chaise lounge rentals. Enjoy cabana dinners; sit with your feet in the sand, and relax in our heated cabanas while indulging in a three-course meal. The ultimate in island dining, this new experience brings together the best beach-side atmosphere and flavor, all to the sound of the of the ocean just a few feet away. A favorite of both visitors and locals, this is a popular escape from downtown.

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Boston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

After reading some of the positive reviews, I couldn't decide how much time I should allocate for this beach during our short stay off the cruise ship. It was comical when I saw how tiny it is. The view is not bad as it is next to a cliff and you can see the famous Casino and the colorful houses... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Not much of a beach. The overall area near the beach is being developed to serve cocktails, rent a cabana, message booths, etc. We rented a Kayak and had a fun time going around in the ocean.

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Council Bluffs, IA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Rent a cabana! What a great way to spend a day on the water. Brandon was fantastic as our waiter for the day...free smoothies and water upon arrival...food was limited, but still tasty. Terrific "home base" for the family to come as go for the day as some wanted to explore and some just wanted to relax!

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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I guess you can say it is a strip of a beach, not like a whole major beach like you'd see in Waikiki or Huntington Beach. Apparently, you can also rent beach chairs and umbrella. For me, I'd rather go to the bar and cock one back while enjoying the view.

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Rancho Belago,Ca
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Billed as "Sandy beach, swimming,snorkling,resturant and bar service". Resturant not completed yet, bar service reminicent of small "one man" beach bar. Very little sand actually on beach, water very rocky (as is all of Avalon Bay).

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Santa Monica, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I highly recommend renting the beach chairs and umbrella for 2. Very reasonable price (75.00 for the day). The new restaurant is not yet open so the menu is limited but the service is great and drinks are plentiful. Make reservations during the season or you will miss out.

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Oxnard, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

wonderful food and drinks. Restrooms are clean and nice. New restaurant & shops being built right now so some construction going on but a great place to hang out. Chaise and Cabana rentals, kayaking, snorkeling and beachside massage. There is a fee to enter. Fun place to hang out and meet people.

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Castro Valley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Very quite, nice settling. The service is on point. Clean and well kept. Food is great, order food brought to you. Anything you care to brink. Non-alcohol as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

If you are looking for a quiet little gateway, this is the place! Quiet and nice specially for kids. You can rent chairs and lots more.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I rented a sup and my friend rented a kayak for my birthday. It was a beautiful day! The water was a little bumpy but nothing too serious! We paddled out to frog rock and went for a little swim.. soooo much fun!

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