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Descanso Beach

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Address: #1 Descanso Canyon Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-7410
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Avalon's only seaside private beach club with restaurant and bar has...

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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Descanso Beach was really nice! Not too warm, but it was enjoyable! I'd stop at the Catalina Island the next time I'm on the Imagination!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen R
Cameron Park, California
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Costa Rica
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121 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I do not believe this beach "rests" much from tourists but some tourists do try to. Descanso is a nice relaxing name for this beach. Some how the name invites everyone to take a break and just relax, for the time being at least. Do take a rest at Descanso beach.

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Cameron Park, California
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Descanso Beach was really nice! Not too warm, but it was enjoyable! I'd stop at the Catalina Island the next time I'm on the Imagination!

Thank Karen R
san francisco
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a sunny day have lunch there it is really nice but no need to pay a fee for a chair when you have free sand at your feet.

Thank shgSanFrancisco
Chevy Chase
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach is very nice, the people are pleasant, but it is true that the rocks before you get to the water will make you wish you brought water shoes. But we still had fun, and the food and drinks from the Club are great, reasonably priced. Need to go back to experience the homemade ice cream.

Thank BiHomeMom
anchorage alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sounds like a private club but it's open to the public you can access the beach for $2 it has a restaurant with pretty good food but kind of pricey. The better deal is to rent some cushy chaise lounge chairs. 75 bucks for two chairs all day long comes with free water and smoothies and cabana boy for... More 

Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the white sand beach right in front of the bar and restaurant at the Descanso Beach Club...It is free to bring your own blanket and use the beach, or you could rent a lounger or cabana from the club. From the sand and all the way into the water it becomes very rocky, so be careful!

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another customer recommended the blended mojito at the beach bar and it was the best I have ever had! With lots of fresh mint, lemon rum and ice....really amazing!

Thank Vicki H
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love the little canapied shops, right on the beach. I liked going past Descanso each in order to zipline.

Thank Helen W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Mu husband and I went to Catalina on a Sunday for our anniversary. We didn't stay overnight. Just spent the day at Descanso Beach. It was an amazing experience, it felt as though we were there all weekend! The staff is very helpful and friendly and the facilities are all very clean. Definitely coming back.

Thank Jeanette B
London, Canada
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

A gorgeous little Beach, with a beach bar, music, chairs and umbrella's. When you walk from the Casino along Casino Way you can see it off in the distance and it looks like a little Island Paradise, nestled in the cove off the Avalon Bay. The restaurant and bar are convenient but a bit pricey, but it does have a... More 

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