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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 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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Relaxing at Descanso Beach - feels like a vacation!

Fun to walk to the beach, a short distance from town. We got a drink and sat on the sand...a very relaxing spot. I would have enjoyed renting a lounge chair but it is quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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California
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fun to walk to the beach, a short distance from town. We got a drink and sat on the sand...a very relaxing spot. I would have enjoyed renting a lounge chair but it is quite expensive. There are water sports and activities available. One of the better bathrooms on the island!

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Laguna Beach, California
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really a fun place. Bar, kayak rentals, tables, typical bar fare for good. Incredible view of Descanso. Healthy walk back to town to burn alcohol off. Service great. I left a cc there and they were looking for us.

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Thank John D
Seattle
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed our foray out to Descanso. It's a lovely short walk from the Casino. We did not swim - we sat at the bar overlooking the beach and enjoyed the sun and the view. There were plenty of people there but it was much quieter and less crowded than the main part of Avalon. Good people watching! You can... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is nice, service was quick, and the view of the ocean - absolutely great. Nice soft music added to the sound of splashing waves. Sitting there in the sun with a glass of rose wine at 1pm and celebrating the New Year at our local time (midnight in Moscow) - that was an unforgettable experience.

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Thank Sergey B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

We visited this beach quickly for the sole purpose of hunting seashells, and we were not disappointed! The beach is very rocky and shells can be found in every nook and cranny. There were about 5 different types of shells here with the vast majority of them being wavy turban shells. We were on Catalina Island from a cruise so... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The absolute best Michelada I've ever had! The bus to Descanso is free; hop a ride and try the Michelada w cucumbers & soak in the view!

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

Dear ValleyGirlTechs, Thanks for visiting with us at Descanso Beach Club. Our complimentary Beach Shuttle is a great way to get to the beach during the summer months. Sincerely, Ben General Manager More 

San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Had heard of the renovations and decided to try the Hawaiian Buffet dinner. Was interested in knowing what would be served so we asked before we booked. First server was clueless, second one we asked went to get a menu (it's a buffet, not serving the menu that night) so we just waited at the bar to see what they... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The new menu is wonderful. I recommend the clam chowder in the bread bowl. Best chowder in town. The kale salad is delicious.

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Crawford, Colorado
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

After a refreshing Bloody Mary, we took our dogs to the grassy park to play fetch. It was a delightful time in a great environment.

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Costa Rica
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

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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