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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 - 17:00
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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 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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Hidden away from the hubbub of Avalon, Descanso is a short stroll away just on the other side of the Casino. Cabanas, public beach, food and beverage available. Excellent... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2014

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

$2 daily fee for non-members, but worth it. The place has all the facilities, bar and kayak/sup rental booth.

1 Thank Anna A
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We reserve a cabanas probably $250+ service crew available, very nice with excellent view, wifi available and have outlet to charge phones or laptop. Great margarita. It took 50mins to get our chips and dip and chicken wings:) I think the crew is new don't know what are the cabana number. Our main waitress is good but the first one... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Hidden away from the hubbub of Avalon, Descanso is a short stroll away just on the other side of the Casino. Cabanas, public beach, food and beverage available. Excellent snorkeling, fun kayaking. A nice family day at the beach.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

We wandered over to Descanso on our day trip to check it out after reading the website prior to going over. We were very glad we had not "rented" the loungers for the day after watching the staff try to deal with their bosses and guests. We sat at one table up on the bar platform near the food truck... More 

4 Thank AZFan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We have always loved Descanso Beach. Especially the Cabanas. NOT THIS YEAR! They are building new shops and a restaurant which will be lovely when completed, however it made for a very noisy experience this year. Lunch usually wonderful, this year was served from a food truck. After waiting an hour and a half, the $15.00 BLT was two pieces... More 

2 Thank Cathy O
West Linn, Oregon
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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

We spent a day at the beach here in a cabana and have reserved two more days. The beach is great with good snorkeling right there at the beach. Kayaks and paddle boards can also be rented. The cabanas were great with a server seeing to all of our food and drink needs. We were in one of the presidential... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Descanso Beach is divided into two areas. One area has cabanas and beach lounge chairs and another area has just beach. The general beach area is $2 per person for the day. There is a bar and you can order food. You cannot take bar items onto the beach unless it is plastic. For a family that wants to be... More 

1 Thank Malkavian99
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Although a very unusual lighting/thunder storm hit the Island right after we checked into our cabana, we still managed to make the best of it AND the management promised to fully refund our money for the rental! We had to stay and wait it out because 2 of our party were up on the zip line when the lightening started!... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

It was my first time on the island and really liked it. We rented a cabana for the day and even though they dont have a full menu because of the renos the food was excellent. We really enjoyed our waiter Luis . The drinks and food always arrived very quickly and he came often to make we didnt need... More 

Thank egaron
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We have been making our annual family trip to Catalina for at least seventeen years; and like so many things in Catalina, Descanso Beach is going through some major changes.....Hanging out at Descanso Beach used to be one of the high points of our trip....It was a kicked back, relaxed spot with a full open bar right on the Beach... More 

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