Descanso Beach Club
Descanso Beach Club
4.5
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 Aerial Adventure, 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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Simonne S
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Had such an incredible day on Sunday at the Descanso Beach Club!! We rented the Presidential Cabana #B which was absolutely worth it. We thought it was open from 11-4 but they actually close at 5 even on Sunday! When we arrived at check in, we were escorted to the cabana with iced waters waiting for us there. Soon after we settled in, they brought us Buffalo Milk which was delicious! The cabana comfortably seated 6 people and we brought some of the chairs out on the patio so that we could all lounge in the sun. Prior to arriving, I had sprained my foot but we could not pass up this trip. Throughout the day, Angel checked on us and brought me ice to put on my foot. He did such a great job making sure our needs were met with drinks and food. The drinks were great and strong - the food was incredible as well. We ordered the nachos, coconut shrimp, shrimp roll, vegan tacos, impossible burger, regular burger, açaí bowl and even had ube ice cream by itself. Everything was yummy! Throughout the day they brought out a veggie platter, popsicles and grapes as well which come with the cabana reservation. The bathrooms were nice and the whole property is beautiful. Special shout out to Daniel & Dewitt (managers) who helped me walk on the sand and golf carted me back to the area for the taxis. They were so sweet and helpful making sure I was comfortable and off my foot. We are already planning another trip back because we loved it so much.

Just some tips - speaker is recommended for the cabana, Daniel has some to rent. The water is gorgeous and definitely swimmable but make sure to bring water shoes because it is very rocky. There are also inflatables that you can rent at the club.
Written June 30, 2022
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We are so happy to read your review and appreciate the feedback! Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. (Hope your foot is on the mend!)
Written July 2, 2022
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stephso
Marblehead, MA93 contributions
Family
We had a great visit to Descanso Beach Club. We bought inflatables ($12 each), lunch, and played in the water and sand.

You can rent chairs or cabanas, or just hang out for free.

There are kayaks and paddle boards for rent, multiple options for food and drinks, and a fun atmosphere.

Watch out for the rocks! The tide can be strong and the rocks are sharp. We saw a child who had been banged up and I sliced my toe. Water shoes HIGHLY recommended.
For inflatables - a tube with hole in the middle is much easier to navigate through the waves.
Written August 6, 2022
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Deena F
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Family
We absolutely loved our time at Descanso Beach and highly recommend others to visit there as well. It was COVID safe, had friendly and accommodating staff, and our family (including 15 and 13 year olds) had a blast! So much to do, I wish we had even more time. We spent time on the beach, time in the cabanas, time on the grass, the kids loved the zip lining and aerial adventures, and the food and drinks were perfect! The staff was super friendly and welcoming, and we loved everyone following all the safety precautions during this pandemic, it definitely made us feel welcome and comfortable all at the same time. I highly suggest visiting Descanso Beach for your next family getaway!!
Written August 6, 2020
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Deena, we appreciate you choosing the Hotel Atwater. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Catalina Island again soon.
Written April 21, 2021
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Georgia H
2 contributions
Couples
Never again! This was a lesson learned, and I will not believe the raving reviews without further research from a trusted source. I spent a ton of money to come here only to be forced to buy unhealthy food every hour so I can keep a table by the beach. We were not allowed to buy drinks unless we kept ordering food. The beach where you can just sit for free is non-existent, so you are forced to get a table. The service comes with an attitude and they suggested we take the food to go since we couldn’t eat any more but had to order more so we can get refills for our drinks. Every entry is either fried or loaded with processed fatty sauces, the drinks are full of juices or dairy, and you need to pay for an extra shot to taste the alcohol, so in all honesty, why would I want ever to come back here? I traveled in many Mediterranean islands and never felt as harassed and insulted. Hospitality must be a foreign word here. Unacceptable!
Written August 22, 2020
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Hello, we are disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied with your visit. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope you will consider us again in the future. Take care.
Written November 13, 2020
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Emi W
Los Alamitos, CA7 contributions
Family
Wow!!! I come to Avalon every summer. I was concerned about coming during the pandemic but I was so impressed by Descanso Beach club and how over the top they were on following the safety guidelines. Even though everyone wore a mask and they had shields up, they still made it so fun and we we’re still able to enjoy our time here. The service was impeccable and the food was soooooo good. I highly recommend the poke bowl and tricias nachos! If you need a quick get away, this is definitely the place!!!!
Written August 4, 2020
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Thanks for the positive review of Descanso Beach Club! We're glad you noticed and appreciated our abidance of COVID-19 guidelines. We hope to see you again for another poke bowl and more nachos!
Written February 23, 2021
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Paige J
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Friends
DANIEL made our experience amazing! This was my first visit to Catalina Island. A friend recommended spending the day here. I went on my birthday with my mom visiting from Kansas. Daniel made us feel so welcome, hooked us up with chairs in the perfect location and checked in often. The service, drinks, food, and view were incredible. We couldn’t get over it! We were so satisfied that we had Daniel book us a cabana for July when my parents visit again. This will be an annual trip for my family. Daniel deserves a raise for his attitude alone! This place is a slice of heaven!
Written May 16, 2022
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We strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Descanso Beach Club.
Written May 18, 2022
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MBN134050
Redlands, CA554 contributions
Couples
We loved this place so much, we booked lounge chairs all three days of our trip! This is the place to go in Avalon. Amazing drinks, amazing service, and the best food we had our entire trip. The ceviche was so good we ordered it two days in a row. The guacamole, hummus & veggie plate, fruit bowl, and poke bowl were also delicious. We loved the pina colada and the margaritas. The Buffalo milk one was pretty good, you just need to try it. Even though they technically close at 3:00 during the week, they let you stay til 4:00. They have complimentary water all day and towels as well. I can't praise this place highly enough.
Written April 1, 2021
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Thank you for choosing Descanso Beach Club! We were thrilled to have welcomed you three days in a row! We sure hope you will be back soon.
Written April 12, 2021
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Charlotte W
Fontana, CA29 contributions
WE HAD A BALL ! The staff was wonderful. they kept fully served us and we had our own waiter, the food was good and the beach was nice and clean. their where a lot of people but that didn't stop our waiter from giving very good service.the one thing I would have to say is that the food was a little pricey, but not bad.
Written March 6, 2020
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Thanks for visiting us with your family, Charlotte! We're glad that you had a great experience with your beach butler! (Prices are a little higher on Catalina due to the increased transportation of getting goods to the island.)
Written March 26, 2020
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Tay C
8 contributions
Couples
We got a pair of lounge chairs for the day and it was so relaxing. The servers are super attentive and the food and drinks were delicious. We ordered the ceviche and guacamole, and both were incredible! They normally play the music louder but because of covid they don’t want people dancing around so we just brought a mini speaker and played our own music. We saw people hanging out drinking on intertubes in the water and will definitely be doing that next time!
Written April 5, 2021
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Tay, thank you so much for your positive comments about Descanso Beach Club! We are pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us, and hope to welcome you back to Descanso Beach Club soon.
Written April 7, 2021
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Front line employee
Alta Loma, CA2 contributions
I had always loved this place, I come here every year. I went yesterday ( I wasn’t going to let Covid and a knee surgery stop me) we got there around 11:30 everything was pretty much full so we decided to go to the rocky beach and it was fine with us. I decided to put a towel just for me right on the small wall right between sand and rocks since I can’t sit myself on the floor due to my recent surgery. Immediately 3 employees came over to me to inform me that I couldn’t do that because that area pertains to the Descanso beach club and all I can do was to sit on the beach because it was public and they needed to maintain the distance for Covid reasons. I totally maintained my distance when I set my towel down to sit but anyway I understood that, they did agreed to bring me a restaurant chair to put it down on the beach which I really appreciated.
After we had been there for about 15 minutes a couple of white ladies came and sat right next to us right on the same spot I had tried to sit before and nobody came to remind them about social distancing, they went swimming and came back one of them had a cut and called one of the guys to bring her bandages to clean her cut and they did. Few minutes after that I approached the same guy and told him that I was watching it all and didn’t understand why he didn’t follow the same rules with the two white ladies. He apologized but I think he had no choice at that moment because he felt awkward not because he was discriminating and being racist .
Did I forget to mention that we are Hispanic! So was I removed because I was Hispanic or because of social distancing ? You tell me
Written August 30, 2020
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Hi Berta, we can assure you that we do not find this type of behavior acceptable, and we would like to address the situation you have described. We appreciate you bringing this experience to our attention. If you are willing, please contact us at social@scico.com so we can work towards a resolution. We look forward to hearing from you.
Written November 13, 2020
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