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Descanso Beach Club

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Address: 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 800-626-1496
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Descanso Canyon and the clear blue...

Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Descanso Canyon and the clear blue Pacific Ocean, Descanso Beach Club features Avalon’s only beach side restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy appetizers, entrées and signature cocktails, like our famous Buffalo Milk. For the ultimate beach club experience, you can have your food and drinks delivered to your own private cabana or chaise lounge. Descanso Beach Club also serves as the Base Camp for the Zip Line Eco Tour, Catalina Falconry Experience and a 32' Climbing Wall. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling are also available. Seasonally, Descanso Beach Club's party scene is well known among locals and visitors alike, DJ tunes and live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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Awesome Beach spot, best in Catalina

Have to say we stumbled upon this gem and went back 2 days in a row! Mike Fekete was such an awesome server, he made me and my wife super comfortable and was accommodating in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jackson Z
Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have to say we stumbled upon this gem and went back 2 days in a row! Mike Fekete was such an awesome server, he made me and my wife super comfortable and was accommodating in every way. Ask for Mike's section! Get there early or book ahead, worth the money.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fun place to hang out with friends. But it's sometimes hit or miss if they are open. This year they were closed a lot. Tried 3 times when they were said to be open, but no luck.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is nice and quiet with a nice outdoor restaurant. The beach is a few steps away. The service was great. Another place to visit while in Catalina Island.

Thank yokohamamama
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a private beach club that adds about $2 to your first drink and then makes you a member. The beach is beautiful, they have many water toys to rent and cabanas to keep you out of the sun. A very picturesque spot!

Thank baldeagle46
Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My lady friends and I get to spend several weekends during the year and always make our way to Descanso. This time we had a spectacular time in a cabana and were treated like royalty by our wonderful server/personal attendant Jose O. Greeted us with a smile, came to check on us all the time and made sure we got... More 

Thank sclarebeck
Hesperia, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take a golf cart ride to the beach club. We were able to hang out on the beach and watch the surf. There are restaurants and a couple of shops. All in all it was a great day.

Thank ladc2001
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location to mellow out, have a drink or rent kayaks and snorkel gear. We rented kayaks and paddles to Willow Cove to snorkel In a secluded area. Equipment was well maintained, masks and snorkels were clean and didn't leak, the kayaks were great and much easier to paddle then the ones we rented at the ferry landing. Definitely give... More 

Thank Debbie B
Abbeville, Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed people watching from this beach! Would stop daily on our way back to our villa at Hamilton Cove. Enjoyed sitting beachfront, eating appetizers and drinking the best Buffalo Milk drink on the island!

Thank Smileymamaw
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

the beach was very beautiful and the people were nice. the water is very calm. its a good place to rest on the chairs they have.

Thank cecir97
Menifee, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour guide Amanda was so down to earth and knowledgeable. The desk Lady was awesome too! Forgot to get her name but she was blonde with a cool hat and said she's been living in the island for years ! There was also a male attendant who helped us out with paddle boarding the day before and remembered us... More 

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