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Address: 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: (800) 626-1496
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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, Sea Trek, and a 32' Climbing Wall. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, Snuba and massages 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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Great place for lunch

The Descanso Beach Club is right on the ocean and offers a walk up bar and sit down outdoor dining and a private beach with chairs and room to play. The prices are somewhat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
S_Robbie014
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Olympia, Washington, United States

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I rented lounge chairs and spent the day relaxing at Descanso. It was an easy walk from the ferry, and the chairs were very comfortable. The beach is very rocky. I did not have water shoes, but would recommend them. Sydney was our waitress and she was great! She was very busy but was always around if... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on two separate days, chairs for one day, cabana for another. Staff goes above and beyond, and amazingly attentive. Could not believe there is a spot like this to get away from Los Angeles in just under a couple hours. Food was delicious; strawberry smoothies on arrival - yum! Nachos are the best, delicious sashimi, fish tacos, burger and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service with a genuinely friendly cabana and beach crew. The Spicey Bloody Mary was so refreshing ... I sipped on several. We enjoyed a wonderful day at Descanso Beach Club! Until our next visit ....

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Thank Janet M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach was spectacular and beautiful. People were swimming, on floatation devices. Sailboats were in not too far off in the distance. We had a meal and drinks on the beach and the staff was friendly and hip. Met some locals - one had the cutest dog ever. His name was Henry and is well-known as the local beach dog.

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Hermosa Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's by far the nicest beach in Avalon. It gets very crowded and the music blasts through the restaurant and across the sand. It would have been ok but the large group seated behind us decided to play their own music as well. I think management should have noticed, kind of annoying really.

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location and perfect view of the ocean but.... the lunch menu was fairly limited. Service was good and prices are reasonable. I looking forward to trying their dinner menu.

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Descanso Beach Club is right on the ocean and offers a walk up bar and sit down outdoor dining and a private beach with chairs and room to play. The prices are somewhat spendy but the food is good and so is the service and the atmoshpere. We also had several interesting adult beverages. We were also able to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dirt, not sand. Rocky, could hardly walk into the water, then to swim next to boats with gasoline and oil in the water. NO THANK YOU!

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Descanso Beach is small and crowded. We were there mid week and it looked like the pictures you see of the European beaches with people side by side on rocky beaches.

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Temecula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented chairs one day and a cabana the next for my wife's birthday. The entire experience was worth it. We had Atwal for our waiter for the cabana service. He was excellent. The beach was very clean, food and drinks were great. We will go back next time we are in Catalina. There is also a free beach area... More 

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