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Descanso Beach

#1 Descanso Canyon Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-7410
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Ranked #6 of 16 attractions in Avalon
Type: Beaches
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... more » 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. « less
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San Diego, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Although a very unusual lighting/thunder storm hit the Island right after we checked into our cabana, we still managed to make the best of it AND the management promised to fully refund our money for the rental! We had to stay and wait it out because 2 of our party were up on the zip line when the lightening started!... More

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was my first time on the island and really liked it. We rented a cabana for the day and even though they dont have a full menu because of the renos the food was excellent. We really enjoyed our waiter Luis . The drinks and food always arrived very quickly and he came often to make we didnt need... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We have been making our annual family trip to Catalina for at least seventeen years; and like so many things in Catalina, Descanso Beach is going through some major changes.....Hanging out at Descanso Beach used to be one of the high points of our trip....It was a kicked back, relaxed spot with a full open bar right on the Beach... More

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Tustin, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I can't believe security allowing a girl to dance and receive dollars in her bikini. I thought I was at a strip club. It was very inappropriate for family. Nice beach w amenities but the dj w dancing is very risky. It's a shame that a nice place like this would allow these girls to act so inappropriate cause of... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We come here every summer and rent the lounge chairs for the day. It is a quiet private beach, during the week, anyway. You get great customer service. They offer towels, water and a fruit smoothie as a part of the experience, no extra charge. They put up our umbrella and came around to see if we needed anything on... More

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Hawthorne, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great location. Excellent service. Comfortable for spending a day by the beach. No need to leave the location for any reason. Towels, food, clean restrooms, free shuttle. Very nice.

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San Clemente, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very disappointed this year. We love Descanso so much we had our 40th Anniversary Party with 50 people there a few years ago. They are re-modeling and we get that but to offer the food they did at the prices is horrible! The drinks were great, the gal who served us on the beach was pleasant and we loved the... More

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Dana Point, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

$2 each, they give your towels, restrooms and showers with lockers. Private setting with all the rentals mask fins snorkels $8-$16 the whole day. Kaiak's et

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We rented a cabana for the day. It made our stay at the beach so much fun. There is a wait staff for you so getting cocktails, cold drinks and food so easy. Also, you are out of the sun, if you want.

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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful beach area. They charge you to use the beach tho! Good food vendors & food but a bit pricey.

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