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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Hollywood!
Los Angeles, CA 90291
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful day to walk along the pier and boardwalk. Parking for $9 is convenient and worth the price. Handicap parking free Monday-Friday. Enjoy the sights and entertainment on the boardwalk. Interesting shopping available but cash is preferred. Take your sunscreen and enjoy.

Thank PeggyD805
Reviewed yesterday

Go if you must, but if you have anything else to do - well, I'd do that first. I've been going here on and off for over 50 years. This used to be a fun place, but now its homeless people and dopers and its...More

1  Thank Joel B
Reviewed yesterday

Best people watching on the West Coast. Venice Beach is always fun. Between the bums, body builders and bikini babes there is always something fun to see at Venice Beach. Walk , roll or bike...the boardwalk, its a blast.

Thank DogDoggie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The smell is horrendous! Homeless people everywhere. Actually living and have made hits on the beach and all around. The stores are junky and seem shady. Peddlers everywhere. Least favorite beach on our California beach list.

1  Thank Kim D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This area stands in such contrast to the rest of Los Angeles and is really laid back. People here are really chilled and dressed only in bikinis or shorts. The beach is good and the water is warm. Really enjoyed this break from L.A., but...More

Thank Katrin R
Reviewed 4 days ago

This beach is fun with lots of activities. I love the boardwalk. The only bad thing is the young people that flood in at night to smoke and skateboard and smoke some more. I advise leaving before nightfall.

Thank katherinejade07
Reviewed 4 days ago

Some of the shine has gone since I first visited here...back in 1973! Still a few six-packs but mostly pedallers and pedlars - selling tacky wares. Sand could be better groomed too. But still an experience.

Thank bryanedwin
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I finally got to visit the famous Venice Beach October 4th and was somewhat disappointed with the environment. There's way too many homeless people living in tents and folks who "seemed" to be on drugs. Outside of this, it's a great place to take a...More

Thank RhondaInDallas
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of golden sand and the skate park was popular. Buildings along the front are old dilapidated with rubbishy tourist shops. Few choices of food and public toilets are atrocious! We were sorry we went there.

1  Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was talked into going to Venice beach by my friends. It has been a few years since I last visited this beach. It's definitely seedy and thoroughly touristy yet we still had fun. I felt like I needed hand sanitizer once we left here....More

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Venice has always danced to its own beat as the
epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along
the boardwalk there are street performers and local
craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings,
souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of
visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting
enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders
do their tricks around the skate park. All of it
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Nick B
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Jennifer-Lynn C | Reviewed this property |
There's some paid parking spots, or you can find some in certain streets. Honestly. The paid parking isn't that expensive, so I would personally just take it - less of a headache. There's plenty between Venice and Santa... More
July 15, 2018|
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Response from heather w | Reviewed this property |
Any time after 11am is ok but late afternoon is better. Weekends are busy but at least everything is opened then
July 15, 2018|
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Response from drink50fifty | Reviewed this property |
This is not a place for families... Venice Beach is a strange place and it’s not a family attraction.