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
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
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
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