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Venice Beach

1905 Ocean Front Walk, CA
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  • 87%
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  • 78%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 77%
    Budget Travelers
  • 73%
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  • 67%
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  • 62%
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  • Venice Beach
    Kassie Mcilwaine
    4 Dec 02, 2012

    Venice beach is awesome cause its full of vibrant characters and vendors bombarding you left and right! its really pretty, and you will have an awesome time, just make sure to watch out for the sketchy vendors.

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  • Venice Beach
    Adrian San
    5 Nov 24, 2012

    Der Venice Beach ist einen Besuch auf jeden Fall wert. Ein riesieger sehr sauberer Sandstrand bitete einem Platz zum Entspannen oder für jegliche sportliche Aktivitäten. Das Meer war an meinen beiden Besuchstage erstaunlich ruhig - kaum Wellengang - ich hätte den Pazifik wilder erwartet. Am Interessantesten ist es das bunte Treiben am Strand und auf der davor liegenden Fahrradstraße zu beobachten, wo man viele schöne oder "verrückte" Menschen beobachten kann.

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  • Venice Beach
    Manuela Nadin
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    3 Oct 27, 2012

    Venice Beach is really an interesting place. Sitting down at a cafe in front of the beach you could observe people. It is a really crowded place and you could meet anyone here. There are also some nice shops.

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  • Venice Beach
    Candace L
    2 Oct 04, 2012

    Strange, strange and strange!!! This place is a mess! It surely draws the WEIRDOS. I'd be scared to consume food or beverage from any place around here, with that said you'd be out of your mind to trust their tattoo shops, piercing places, botox (??? on Venice Beach wtf, no!) or even their medical marijuana shops - ummm I'll purchase my rx card near my house and buy from shops near me, thank you very much! If you are set on beaching down this way, I think Abbot Kinney is your way to go for lunch, snacks, shopping etc. I am glad my Mom and sis knew about the restrooms in Sidewalk Cafe or whatever the place was called so I wouldn't have to use the public restroom - although later in the day I ended up using them. You escape the craziness closer to the water. I tanned topless and no one seemed to have a problem with it - that was a +. What I don't understand is how one can have a flushing toilet, toilet paper, running water and soap and still make a complete mess! The public restrooms are a filthy disastrous mess.If you're into the crazy, grungy, homeless, nutso vibe of the boardwalk or just want to check some random cheap shit out - you may enjoy this place. There are some cool little things to see but this is more of an annual trip not an every weekend beachin' spot for me. Frankly I feel much more comfortable further down in Santa Monica.

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  • Venice Beach
    Kevin Cheng
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    3 Oct 03, 2012

    There is a massive collection of funky shops on this boardwalk and there's probably no place with more interesting people watching outside of Beverly Hills. Bring your bike and you can bike all the way to Will Rogers State beach from here.

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  • Venice Beach
    Sunil Yadav
    4 Sep 14, 2012

    Always an interesting experience to visit the boardwalk ... remember to check out the muscle beach !

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  • Venice Beach
    Andy Jackson
    2 Sep 14, 2012

    It's a fun place and maybe if it wasn't so busy, I'd have enjoyed it more. However, I went at the weekend and it was packed - lots going on but too many stalls selling things for the chilled out day I was seeking. Dont let that put you off too much, you might love it

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  • Venice Beach
    Pam Groft
    4 Sep 04, 2012

    I love some of the smaller hidden eateries on the side streets. At Venice Beach anything goes so be prepared during the day time. At night the pace seems o slow down a bit but it is still fun to people and dog watch!

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  • Venice Beach
    Miriam Loquias
    5 Aug 21, 2012

    very nice place to stroll/eat, like baywalk in Manila, Philippines, lots of resto, music, etc, etc.

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  • Venice Beach
    David Eastin
    5 Aug 09, 2012

    I love this part of the city! It's a fun and eclectic part of town that's full of sand, people, restaurants, clubs, tarot card readers, jugglers, mimes, hot dog stands, and legal marijuana stores. You can walk along the boardwalk for hours at a time and not get bored.

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  • Venice Beach
    Conning Chu
    4 Jul 25, 2012

    My favorite beach in Los Angeles, not because the beach itself is all that great though. It's one of if not the dirtiest beaches in LA. But, it's really fun to go to for the sheer people watching. Street performers, live painters, and the general freaky awesomeness. A definite good time for the more open-minded kids.

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  • Venice Beach
    Eileen Russell
    5 Jul 25, 2012

    I used to live in Venice, and when I go back to Venice, I have a routine I spend doing for at least one day of the trip. I recommend renting a beach cruiser at the South end of the Venice Boardwalk by Washington St. I start by getting a cup of coffee at the Cow's End, then walking down the pier to watch the waves, people watch, and see if anyone is catching any fish. Then I get on the cruiser and ride the trail along the boardwalk, stopping to take a break and put my feet in the sand and read any material I have brought along. I usually ride up to Rose Avenue, stopping to shop at any street vendors that look appealing, or to watch a show some local freak is putting on. When I get to Rose Ave, I usually stop to shop at DNA a discount boutique clothing store that has the best deals on the most comfortable men and women's clothes I've found anywhere. I have my favorite fish taco stop a little further up, in front of Safeway on Lincoln Blvd. It's cheap, delicious, and a local's spot. Next I'll ride back down to the beach and check to see if there's any yoga classes or massages available in the building under the famous ballerina clown where Santa Monica Blvd crosses Rose Ave. Then if you want you can continue up Santa Monica for more shopping, or get back to the beach trail. I usually ride to the Santa Monica Beach Boardwalk and then up to one of my favorite stores in the world. It's a world class crystal and fossil store with some of the most exotic and rare specimens you can find. The owner is a strange bird, but his knowledge is amazing and he can teach you a lot if you take the time to ask questions and let him show you some of his prized collection. It's at 1460 Lincoln Blvd and is called "Wonders of the World". From here you can explore the outdoor shopping that is the 3rd St. Promenade before riding back down the boardwalk to hopefully catch a sunset on the pier when you return the bike. I hope you enjoy my review, and feel free to ask any more questions. You might get lucky and see some stars, I've ridden my bike behind Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marie Shriver, and had lunch tables away from Cameron Diaz and Kramer from Seinfeld.
    Ciao!

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  • Venice Beach
    Frank
    5 Jul 18, 2012

    Absolutly a must see during day time. One of the few places in LA where you can sit down have a coffee and see life passing in front of you. But make sure you''ll leave before evening falls because then it's not as save as during the day.

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  • Venice Beach
    Margaret Seelie
    5 Jul 14, 2012

    Venice Beach is my favorite part of LA because you can walk to great shops, restaurants, and surf. We rented an apartment with airbnb.com two blocks from the main street, and had a blast livin' like a local.

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  • Venice Beach
    Lissa Hurchalla
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Pretty clean and safe water, surprisingly, given its location in the midst of a big city. Fun to watch the surfers and a wide, huge beach for kids to play on. Water is cold, but get over it and get in!

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Venice Beach
    Garrett Hunter
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Lots of sun, people watching, and all types of local shops to explore and enjoy the outdoors. For a couple miles you can walk, ride bikes, roller blade, and hang out with natives and tourists alike. Stop by one of the many restaurants along the boardwalk and watch the sun set over the bay.

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  • Venice Beach
    Cory Caromano
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    it was ok compared to other beaches, but what stands Venice beach out is the culture. its the beach that never made it out of the hippie movement. overall my experience was good tho, better if your 4-20 friendly

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  • Venice Beach
    Helen Windle
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Even though it was a bit fuzzy, we put it down to salt haze rather than smog.....maybe we were just hopeful but it was still a great day out.

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  • Venice BeachPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Well, am I one of the characters that you see here or just an observer - do they think I am as strange as I think they are? This is one place where strange is the norm and it is fun to see what lengths some people will go to to get noticed.

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  • Venice Beach
    Paula Taub
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I used to live here in the the late '90's and LOVED IT! Although it has become quite yuppified and has lost a bit of it's former "grit", it's still a great place to see all kinds of street performers. There is a lot of cheap, touristy beach shopping to be had.

    At the turn of the last century, it was built on a system of canals, and the idea was for it to look like Venice, Italy. It had a very carnival atmosphere with lots of performers (that's where that tradition began) and carnival rides and even gondolas in the canals. There are is a few sections of canals remaining. These are well worth visiting. There are some very small, but impressive oases built on the tiny lots.

    Abbott Kinney Boulevard is a great little boutiquey shopping area with such offerings as Intelligentsia Coffee, Hal's and Nitespa to list a few of my faves!

    If you walk thru the residential streets of Venice, you may notice some very modern and unique home designs. Frank Gehry, the famous architect, has designed quite a few houses here.

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The World famous Venice Beach Boardwalk is not to be missed. If you are visiting the Los Angeles area, you owe it to yourself to come to Southern California's number one visitor attraction. Stretching about one a half miles along the manicured sands of the Pacific Ocean, the boardwalk is a large part of what makes Venice unique.

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