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Descanso Beach Club

Avalon Wedding Venue
1 Descanso Canyon Road
Avalon, California 90704
Contact: Sales
Phone: 877/778-9399

Why We Like This Place

If your wedding fantasy involves sipping mai tais on the beach under the California sun, then come to Descanso Beach Club, a little slice of paradise on Catalina Island. This idyllic haven is less than an hour from the mainland by ferry or 15 minutes by helicopter. Visitors disembark in Avalon, a laid-back beach town where a scenic ten-minute stroll along the shore takes you past the historic Catalina Casino and on to the club at Descanso Beach, one of the last private beaches in California.

Beachfront weddings are popular on the club’s Terraced Lawn, a series of three spacious grass plateaus sloping down towards the water’s edge. Ceremonies are held on the lower terrace, where couples say their vows against a backdrop of the azure ocean. Outdoor receptions take place on the upper terraces of the lawn, which offer the same wonderful view of the beach and the sea, complete with yachts bobbing on the water and the landmark Catalina Casino just up the coastline. Here, you can enhance the natural elements with your own creative touches, like dressing tables with upscale linens and adding luminarias for a sophisticated soirée.

Descanso’s newest venue, Catherine’s Terrace, occupies the entire second floor of the club. Its elevated vantage makes the most of the sublime setting, affording spectacular panoramic bay vistas. The Ballroom, which can be divided into two, is light and airy, with a creamy-white interior. A wall of floor-to-ceiling retractable folding doors slide open completely to reveal a timeless tableau of palm trees backed by sparkling blue water extending to the horizon. Sea breezes waft inside and guests can step out onto the long terrace, an ideal spot for al fresco cocktails or simply savoring the view. The cozy adjoining Living Room features a fireplace and is often used for food stations, a bar setup, dancing, or overflow seating.

Luncheon receptions take best advantage of the club’s views and refreshing atmosphere. You’re surrounded by lush greenery…the boundless Pacific stretches out in front of you…and the urban hustle and bustle feels a million miles away.

However you envision your event, the club’s staff will gladly arrange everything, including transportation, tours, activities, accommodations and, of course, all the event details. They’ve also got you covered when it comes to cuisine, offering a variety of banquet menus created by their world-class, in-house chefs.

One more benefit of a destination wedding on Catalina: You and your family and friends are in such close proximity for the weekend that you end up spending quality time with each other and, since everyone is in a vacation state of mind, the mood is relaxed and lighthearted. By celebrating at Descanso Beach Club, you’re inviting your guests to share a true Catalina experience.

The Santa Catalina Island Company has two more outstanding and very different event venues: The Catalina Casino, a grand Art Deco building featuring a large ballroom with breathtaking ocean views, and the Catalina Country Club, which exudes Old World charm and sophistication. For more details on all three locations, please visit the Santa Catalina Island Company website.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 120
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 1000


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Terraced Lawn area holds 200 seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terraced Lawn area accommodates 200 seated or 1000 standing. Catherine’s Terrace Ballroom holds up to 120–150 seated or 200 standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Lawn seats up to 200 outdoors and Catherine’s Terrace Ballroom seats 120–150 indoors.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

The venue rental fee is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 1 month prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $3,000–$15,000 and varies depending on the season and the space reserved. Meals range $50–80/person. Tax, alcohol and a 21% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: n/a
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 2 Santa Catalina Island Company hotels and other local options
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
Cleanup: provided
View: panoramic view of ocean and coastline

Venue Views

Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Beach Wedding Ceremony
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required

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