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“stay and have a drink”

Descanso Beach Club
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim or Los Angeles with Optional Upgrades
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Owner description: 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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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“stay and have a drink”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

I just a short walk from the main street to Descanso Beach but worth the walk. You will pass by the old Casino and Avalon fishing club (as we found out in New Zealand ...the oldest fishing club in the world) on the way. We were a group of 18 and found a table out on the patio for food and drinks with one of the best views of the harbor.

Visited February 2013
Thank OrangecountyTraveler
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San Jose, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“beautiful and well kept”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

clean and pretty . we were there in Feb. A little overcast . I can imagine it in the summer. Would definitly come back

Visited February 2013
Thank melisa b
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Union City, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Go kayaking on Avalon!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

My husband and I went on a 4 hour paddle with our guide "JP". We had a fantastic, personalized kayaking experience. "JP", an Avalon native, provided us with a background of island history, nature and his personal experiences growing up on Catalina.
We were kayaking in a "soup" of seals, dolphins, squid and bait fish. We also saw tiny jelly fish and garibaldi. We also saw many types of sea birds. We paddled to Long Point and back to the Descanso Beach Club, a four hour trip.
We enjoyed a great lunch on shore and a short hike to see the cherry trees.
All of the staff at the kayaking company were friendly and helpful. They have all the gear you need to stay dry and comfortable during your paddle.
Make a trip during off season to enjoy a relaxing, stimulating paddle tour.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank P B
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Grants Pass, OR
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Continues to improve!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We go in January and February so the beach is very quiet. Have taken the zip line which is fun! The beach area continues to improve - to the inclusion of a climbing wall for the young at heart.

Visited January 2013
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Chino, California
2 reviews
“Very friendly service good atmosphere and best view”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Loved the bartender personality and the view by the beach...it's pricey but it's nice place to chill...

Visited January 2013
Thank Abbey Q
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