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Address: 5 St Catherine Way, Descanso Beach Club, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-1226
09:00 - 17:00
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Fun at Descanso Beach, Catalina Island with rentals of kayaks,...

Fun at Descanso Beach, Catalina Island with rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel equipment, tubes & viewboards. Featuring daily paddle tours and discounted rental packages. Support for kayak campers.

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One of the many highlights

Kayaking as a family was one of the many highlights to a wonderful trip. Our 4 & 6 year old boys loved seeing the Garibaldi underneath us.

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Manhattan Beach, California
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Manhattan Beach, California
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Kayaking as a family was one of the many highlights to a wonderful trip. Our 4 & 6 year old boys loved seeing the Garibaldi underneath us.

Thank MrRussinMB
Mary S, Owner at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, responded to this review

We love to hear about these happy highlights, and your kind words - thanks! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We signed up for the 9am kayak to fox canyon and loved it! Our guide, Nick, was so friendly and fun to hang out with. The staff are very friendly and provide you with a dry bag for anything you want to bring with you, water shoes, pants, and jackets to help you stay as dry as possible. We were... More 

1 Thank Lauren H
Mapleton, Utah, United States
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This is the second time we have used this place for sea kayaking, and they don't disappoint. Our guide provided us all with water shoes, pants and jackets. We still got wet, but at least we were warm! Beautiful experience, will definitely return!

1 Thank Beth S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017

My Girlfriend and I wanted to do something more but not too much more during our weekend get-away March 16-20. We decided on the Willow Cove Expedition because it fit the criteria. We were very impressed with the hospitality and professionalism of the staff. Our Guide Nick was excellent and fun to be with. But I can't say enough about... More 

1 Thank Matthew K
San Diego, California
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87 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Great spot for water activity rentals located right on the water away from the hustle and bustle of Avalon. Just a short walk from Avalon by way of the Avalon Casino. Very friendly staff. They have a great Early Bird rental offer if you rent by 11am: 4hr Kayak/Snorkel package for $75. You can Kayak to more remote areas of... More 

2 Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We arrived in Catalina from the Star Princess on October 15 and walked to Descanso Beach from the tender dock, about 15 mins along the shore. We'd booked the kyak trip independently of the cruise line because we'd done it the year before and had picked up the visitors' guide for Catalina which gave us the contact info we needed.... More 

2 Thank KrysMills
Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We rented 2 double kayaks. They were clean and the staff was friendly. We paddled north for a little bit. We stopped at a few beaches so we could swim in the water. It was cool and our kids (8 and 10) really enjoyed it too.

2 Thank Cheryl S
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

We planned a 12-person, 6-kayak, 5 day/4 night trip from Parson's Landing to Avalon, over the Fourth of July weekend, no less. Clearly a recipe for disaster, or at least high anxiety. Not even close -- thanks to Descanso Beach Ocean Sports. During the planning phases, Mary was very helpful in arranging the right equipment as well as transport to... More 

Thank Gary H
Mary S, Owner at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Really appreciate hearing back from you - I'll be sure to share with my crew More 

San Diego, California
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Location, location, location- away from the bay so less congested area to kayak. Great service- started the rental "clock" 10-15 minutes after the rental forms were completed which gave us some cushion for the hour rental. Very helpful for instruction as well as getting in and out of kayak. Notice someone who had flipped their kayak and they were right... More 

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94 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

We took the two-hour tour to Frog Rock. It was a VERY LEISURELY PACE. This trip was great for beginners. The guide was knowledgable and very pleasant. They loaned us gear so we wouldn't get wet (optional). I used it so I wouldn't get sunburned!! Now that we've done it with the guide, we could probably do it on our... More 

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