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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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Comfortable lounging

Cabanas and lounge chairs are pricey- but they are lovely. If you do spring for a cabana, it's a really pleasant day to relax on the sand, in comfortable furniture, while having a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Whe went to Descano beach on our port day in Catalina . It was Just ok. The have a nice little bar area but a bit pricey. You can lay on the sand but if you plan on going in the water plan on wearing water shoes and have good balance. trying to walk down to the water is a... More 

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Vail, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My son wanted to celebrate his 5th birthday at the beach, so we planned our entire trip to Catalina Island around spending a day at a cabana we reserved at Descanso Beach. The day of our reservation turned out to be very cloudy and cold, not the type of weather you’d want to spend at the beach in. We arrived... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Descanso beach is just great. Bree bar is located right by the water. Palm trees surround the area, drinks are amazing. I recommended the Buffalo Milk. It is amazing. The only complaint I have about this beach is that there is more rocks than sand, which really hurt your feet when you attempt to go for a swim so I... More 

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Atwater, California, Usa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Got there a 1 pm cost $75 for lounge chairs for 2. Great service for food and drinks. However Last call at 5pm. they charge the same price no matter when you get there. will not go back.

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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach, responded to this review

Hi Mets51, Thanks for your feedback regarding the cost of the lounge chair rentals at Descanso Beach Club. We are unable to prorate the rentals within the cabana area. We offer service daily from 11 am to 4 pm. We hope that you will consider Descano Beach Club during future visits to Catalina Island. Sincerely, Ben V. General Manager More 

San Pedro, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Cabanas and lounge chairs are pricey- but they are lovely. If you do spring for a cabana, it's a really pleasant day to relax on the sand, in comfortable furniture, while having a bottle of champagne. Really, that does not suck. Try it sometime.

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Descanso beach is small and relaxing, but beware! the shore line consists of rocks and very little sand. Walking on the rocks to the waters edge is a bit treacherous. There is a very nice outdoor bar offering beverages, appetizers and food items. Descanso Beach Club is adjacent to the bar area, and requires reservations.

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Los Alamitos, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Love, love the newly developed Descanso Beach. A gorgeous beach cove setting with a festive outdoor bar and dining, cushy lounge chairs, and cabanas. You can have a massage in the outdoor tents right next to the beach. Rent a kayak for the Best kayaking adventure in perfect clear water along the Catalina Island cliffs.

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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We rented a golf cart right by the tender dock $20 an hour 3rd hour free. Finished driving in about an hour. Stopped at this beach and grabbed a drink. Relaxing atmosphere with quiet chatter and beautiful sunshine. Rocky so bring water shoes.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is one of my.favorite places to be when we are in Catalina . Who wouldn't want to sit on a beach and drink a monitor and relax . There is a bar beach area and grass area to play with the kiddos . You can rent kayaks ,paddle boards ,zip line . The beach is VERY rocky so make... More 

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Not soft sand. Beach is small and if I were to go again I would take water shoes. Somewhat crowded so would go on "off time"

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