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Catalina Island Beaches

Avalon Beaches

Avalon’s relaxing beaches are conveniently located within walking distance of the city’s many hotels and restaurants. Easy additions to any day in Catalina, Avalon’s beaches offer soft sand, warm sun, and gentle surf. Most are close to restrooms and all feature good swimming.

Descanso Beach

Located just past Catalina CasinoDescanso Beach is a picturesque two tiered, private beach with great swimming and lots of activities. Part of the Descanso Beach Club, the beach is a great place to snorkel, kayak or swim in the crystal clear water.

There is a $2 per day fee to access the beach. Restrooms, outdoor showers, dressing rooms, chair/umbrella rentals and cabana rentals are available. Descanso Beach Club features a beautiful open air restaurant with a great selection of sandwiches, salads, specialty cocktails, wine and beer.

Pick up the Descanso Beach shuttle near the Casino Way arch. Descanso Beach Club is also the starting point for the Zip Line Eco Tour.

South Beach

South Beach sits just to the right of the Green Pleasure Pier, within walking distance of food, shopping, restrooms, and lots of activity. With plenty of sand, a gentle sloping ocean floor and lifeguards during the summer, your South Beach experience has all the makings of a perfect day.

Middle Beach

Middle Beach sits on the left side of the Green Pleasure Pier. Just like South Beach, Middle Beach is scenic and relaxing, as well as being within walking distance of food, restrooms and shopping. During the summer, lifeguards are on duty.

Step Beach

Step Beach is a bit north of the Green Pleasure Pier. Smaller than Middle and South Beaches, Step Beach has a small strip of sand that flows directly into deeper ocean waters. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.


Two Harbors Beaches

Relax and enjoy views of the Catalina Harbor from the beaches in Two Harbors. The upper beach has a great sand volleyball court, perfect for beach volleyball. You can rent equipment, lounge chairs and other beach items at Two Harbors Dive & Recreation.

If you’re looking for an adventure, take a hike or kayak around the crystal clear waters and discover nearby coves with stunning and secluded sandy beaches.

Wherever you decide to plant your beach chair on Catalina Island, you’ll be guaranteed beautiful ocean views and an unforgettable experience.