Descanso Beach on Catalina Island's City of Avalon

Private beach clubs on beaches simply don't exist in California -- well, they RARELY exist. One of those odd places where you will find a private club right on the beach is in Southern California's escape from the mainland--Catalina Island. Descanso Beach Club not only offers private beach sunbathing and kayaking, it also can provide special events catering for groups. It is a favored spot for private affairs such as weddings and parties.


As you exit the Catalina Flyer or Catalina Express boats that jaunt back and forth each day between several Southern California ports to the island, you must head past the main beach next the bright green pleasure pier. Keep going past the Avalon Ballroom, in fact. You can't miss the landmark building with the clay-tile roof.


Beyond the building is where you'll discover the Descanso Beach amenities. You'll know you have arrived because it is posted as a private beach.


In today's climate even the private beach homes of celebrities and moguls aren't permitted to keep the beach all to themselves in the majority of cases. But occasionally a beach will be grandfathered in from pre-1970's regulations, and it will be private for the owners and their guests. Descanso Beach charges a visitation fee for just a day if you like. It is popular with parents, corporations, and just about anybody who feels they benefit from a bit less crowdedness during summer months, and more privacy that Descanso affords.


Billed as Avalon's only oceanfront bar and restaurant, one of the most popular event themes for weddings and parties includes use of the beach's brick barbeques for luaus (steel-drum band and tiki torches recommended!)


One of the cool offerings at the club is the cabana service, which accommodates around 6 people with 2 Chaise Lounge Chairs and Patio Dining Table with 4 chairs,  provides wifi, towels, water, a bowl of whole assorted fruit  and Cabana Host/Hostess and Food Server. On last look the price was around $125-160 / day. Descanso Beach Club St. Catherine Way A short walk past the Casino Building Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-7410.


Descanso Beach is usually closed mid-October through mid-April.

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