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Address: #1 Descanso Canyon Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-7410
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Description: Avalon's only seaside private beach club with restaurant and bar has been...
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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The beachside bar is what you come to expect. Great service. Good food! Is it just m or does anyone else feel as though this location is becoming a bit commercialized?

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Long Beach, California
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Long Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The beachside bar is what you come to expect. Great service. Good food! Is it just m or does anyone else feel as though this location is becoming a bit commercialized?

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San Clemente, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Excellent sight for sports activities swimming snorkeling kayaking and floating family friendly with food and beverage service

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Boulder, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Descanso beach has a remarkable thing - a perfect blend of serene beach resort with a snappy, party atmosphere. The food is quite good. The facilities are newly built and ample and the landscaping is perfectly elegant.

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California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Wait till this Spring when construction is done. We love it at the bar! Having drinks after scuba diving or zipping is icing on the cake. Watch out for the Descanso Destroyers!

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Not happy about a huge conference center being built on this quaint property is disturbing....is this really necessary on this small lovely island?

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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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