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Descanso Beach Club

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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...more
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. Roberto and Jose were the best hosts. They were so attentive and the ambiance was luxurious with amazing views. Loved my private cabana!! Thank you guys!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Descanso Beach Club and we are looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mere minutes from the action of the town of Avalon is the Descanso Beach Club. My go to place to unwind , grab a drink and a snack and admire the crystal blue waters of Catalina. The Club offers a limited menu , full bar...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us at Descanso Beach Club, James! Please come and visit us again soon!

Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

If you’ve ever been to the Caribbean this beach is far from desirable. Very rocky trying to walk into the cold water, and expensive to rent a chair in the upper beach area where the sand is. They only allow you to swim or do...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you for visiting us at Descanso Beach, Kylie! Although we are not the Caribbean, we are California's Island Escape! We are one of the last private beaches in California with public access and offer cabana and chaise lounge chair rentals to elevate our guest's...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely breathtaking is the word I use to describe this day at Descanso Beach with my girlfriend. From the pristine white sand, to the ultimate personal service ( thank you Desiree), this was one for the books. Staff was friendly and helpful, the food was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you for the compliments! So happy to hear that you and your girlfriend enjoyed your time and we are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Reviewed October 20, 2018

There were some pleasant surpises at the Descanso Beach Club that weren't clear on their web site: complementary fruit smoothy, bottle water, and exceptional service for picky (diet restricted) eaters! Vacation is all about seeing the sites, especially in the Los Angeles area, and yet,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you for visiting us, Judy! We appreciate your feedback and will make our complimentary services more visible on our website. When you need a break from the mainland we will be waiting for you!

Reviewed October 10, 2018

We went for the day to celebrate our anniversary. The lounge chairs on the beach are awesome. Being able to order food and drinks delivered to us made it seem like staying at high end beach resort without the expense of a room. Very nice...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us at Descanso Beach Club, Paige! We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed October 10, 2018

This venue is GORGEOUS and our wedding was beautiful. The low rating is due to the unprofessional/unorganized people who run the venue. This was the only venue we looked at so I'm not sure if this just a normal experience, but it's a pretty pricey...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

We enjoyed a great day at the beach here. Our attendant/server was Juan who was friendly, efficient, and took great care of us. The dinks were great, the Champaign Lemonade went down very easily. We had lunch right in our chaise lounge. The Poke Bowel...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

Thank you for visiting us at Descanso Beach Club, Adam! We strive to deliver an exceptional guest experience and we are happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back again on your next trip to Catalina!

Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Bar scene outside most days. Crowded in summer. But get there in the morning by Kayak off your boat moored nearby and enjoy a yoga session of your own on the large grass lawn. Then a little breakfast and coffee with a beautiful view to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2018

Thank you so much for joining us at Descanso Beach Club! That sounds like the perfect day. We would love to welcome you back again soon!

Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Our large group had an unforgettable time at Descanso thanks to our terrific servers - Julian Jimenez and Tyler. These young guys were just awesome! Professional, attentive, charming, and endlessly patient with the young children in our party of about 12. Each day at the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Thank you so much for dining with us at Descanso Beach Club! We are so happy to hear that Julian, Jimenez, and Tyler were able to go above and beyond to provide you with an exceptional experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again!

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Response from Sugaylange | Reviewed this property |
We brought own lunch and drinks. Alcohol can be purchase at the bar,
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Response from Suzie623 | Reviewed this property |
It’s about a 20min walk. I think the beach cost $2.
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Pothu R
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I do not think so
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