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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 17 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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Clovis, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Peter White gave an amazing concert unplugged on the beach. Fantastic!!! Love listening to smooth jazz by the ocean, under the stars.

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Grass Valley, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There is a new building going up, new cabanas, lounge chairs and the best Margaritas we had during out stay.

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Riverside, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I go to Catalina to step back in time, this Resort seems like a stop at 'Anywhere' not 'Old' Catalina. However, the water is beautifully clear and it's much less crowded spot to grab a kayak. The bathroom facilities are the best beach bathrooms I have seen.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Although I chose my recent cruise as it's itinerary included a stop in Mexico, Catalina Island and Descanso Beach in particular ended up being the clear highlight of my cruise. Just take a look at the photos I posted to see why! If you're looking for a relaxing day in the sun in a picturesque spot, you can't go wrong... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The current big up-scaling rehab of Descanso will either top or lose the proverbial charms of this great getaway beach. Let's hope the easy-lazy ambience continues, the drinks are still reasonably priced, and the deer still come down from the hills, Avalon is in danger of overselling itself to the tour-ship and expense account crowds, and whether it will maintain... More

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Murrieta
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports on Descanso Beach is the best place to get your rentals for the day! Loved the staff! They are very friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful beach and clear waters made for the perfect snorkeling adventure.

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Caledonia, Michigan, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We enjoyed the beach and kayaking from Descano Beach area. For those who desire an adrenaline rush you can also do the zip line!

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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Rent from the place near the ferry terminal instead so you can paddle to Lover's Cove. They told me I could not paddle past the casino. Still a great experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

my husband and I call this place "snobby bobby's" because the drinks are pretty expensive and the service isn't that great.

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Garden Grove, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My husband and I decided to go for a swim at Descanso Beach. Very relaxing. Cute bar. Great service. Very clean.

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