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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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Nice place to hang-out

Very nice place to hang out, however call well in advance if you want to book chairs with umbrellas or cabanas to relax at the beach. Kind of pricey too, but I guess this is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Tiny little beach that was closed when we visited. We could see that chairs were available to rent, but not much else. Jan- March is still low season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Descanso has it all! Great food reasonably priced, amazing views, awsome wait staff and tons of adventure opportunities. Descanso can be a romantic couples date with good food and wine or it can be a full day adventure with the convenience of having everything at your fingertips. Highly recommended!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Came here with a group of friends to have some fun at the beach. Had a brilliant time, could'n't fault it. Cabana land is definitely worth it. The whole place is fab, the service was top notch, our server Beto was very friendly and attentive. We didn't have to move from our cabana if we didn't want. Drinks and food... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very nice place to hang out, however call well in advance if you want to book chairs with umbrellas or cabanas to relax at the beach. Kind of pricey too, but I guess this is common across the island.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was the main attraction we had heard about. We went out there on the complimentary bus, got dropped off, and this is the same location for the zip line and you can also get snuba/scuba/snorkel gear at this location as well as a massage if you desire. The beach is divided into two, one side being the Descano Beach... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The reservable lounge chairs are worth it! I loved the food and drink service! The water was brisk and I would recommend water shoes as there are a lot of rocks getting in to the water.

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West Deptford, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The views are beautiful but the beach is filled of rocks!!! Bring water shoes . no waves. The hotel looks beautiful,there is a bar and music. That was fun but again. I'm not talking a little rock. It w,as all rocks!!!!!!

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Elk Grove, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Small crowded beach. The bar/grill and ice cream shop were excellent. Must try the ice cream as they make their own and have different flavors. The restrooms are clean and have showers. Had their hamburger and fries, no complaints. Be ware the beach is small so will have people sitting right by you, some people reserve their spot early in... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Dislike rocky beaches, they are not comfortable to walk on. The lounge definitely a great place to relax

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is the place to be during the summer. Fun time to be had. Good food and drinks. The Happening place.

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