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Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

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Address: Descanso Beach, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: 310-510-1226
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A sports shop that offers many types of rentals, as well as programs for...

A sports shop that offers many types of rentals, as well as programs for youngsters.

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Made a complicated voyage look easy

We planned a 12-person, 6-kayak, 5 day/4 night trip from Parson's Landing to Avalon, over the Fourth of July weekend, no less. Clearly a recipe for disaster, or at least high... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Gary H
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We planned a 12-person, 6-kayak, 5 day/4 night trip from Parson's Landing to Avalon, over the Fourth of July weekend, no less. Clearly a recipe for disaster, or at least high anxiety. Not even close -- thanks to Descanso Beach Ocean Sports. During the planning phases, Mary was very helpful in arranging the right equipment as well as transport to... More 

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Mary S, Owner at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Really appreciate hearing back from you - I'll be sure to share with my crew More 

San Diego, California
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Location, location, location- away from the bay so less congested area to kayak. Great service- started the rental "clock" 10-15 minutes after the rental forms were completed which gave us some cushion for the hour rental. Very helpful for instruction as well as getting in and out of kayak. Notice someone who had flipped their kayak and they were right... More 

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Thank Toad1976
Northridge
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75 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We took the two-hour tour to Frog Rock. It was a VERY LEISURELY PACE. This trip was great for beginners. The guide was knowledgable and very pleasant. They loaned us gear so we wouldn't get wet (optional). I used it so I wouldn't get sunburned!! Now that we've done it with the guide, we could probably do it on our... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

was a fun tour . Staff was great. very helpful and friendly. We had a great time with the kayak. If you want a small lesson before. they help you get ready for first timers.

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Mary S, Owner at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We're proud of our crew and the fine job they do! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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428 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

I have been to Avalon many times but never knew about this little gem. WE were two friends away from the husbands for a stress relieving get away. AHHHHH. And that is was. Her is the wonderful thing...whatever you need to kayak...THEY GOT IT. We rented wind pants, water shoes, sunscreen. They also had snorkeling gear. Teri helped get us... More 

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Manteca, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

While visiting Catalina Island we walked to Descanso Beach and discovered Descanso Beach Ocean Sports where we rented kayaks for an afternoon paddle in the sea. After viewing a map of the area we opted for two single kayaks and paddles 2 hours up the coast and back. We were able to see Frog Rock and several local hide aways... More 

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Thank Michelle S
Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

We rented a couple kayaks for about four hours during a cruise ship stop. The rental office is on a beach a short walk from the pier. Two kayaks, paddles, and two snorkel masks cost about $80 for half a day. We were able to kayak north along the island and find a nice spot with no other people for... More 

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Fontana, California
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My family of four, kids ages 13 and 10, really enjoyed our Catalina kayaking experience. We have participated in two previous kayaking tours in the San Diego area where the groups are large and there is pressure to keep up pace with the larger group. Our experience in Catalina was so much more relaxing because the group was small and... More 

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Camarillo, California
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116 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My husband and I went to DBOS for a 2-hr kayak trip to Frog Rock. Sure, it would have been cheaper to rent a kayaks instead of signing up for a tour, but sometimes it's cool to get a local's perspective. The girl at check in was VERY happy, you can tell she enjoyed her job. Good for her! we... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

We booked a kayak tour to Frog Rock. This was our first time to Catalina & first kayak. Our guide Amanda Sanchez was AWESOME!! Friendly, knowledgeable about the island, and patient with us first timers. The company also provides a water bottle and cookie snack. The cookie was the size of a tea saucer and delicious (we shared 2 and... More 

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