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Don’t worry about getting the ‘rona here - it’s like the 10th scariest things about this place. Angry vagrants and drug addicted beggars live at the beach. They’re occasionally violent but always scary.
Venice Beach is well known and offers plenty of beach with interesting shops. I visited during the middle of the day on a Friday and it wasn't too crowded. It can get busy quick not just the shops, but also just the general walking crowd. There are plenty of places to walk…
Interesting walk along the promenade seeing the eclectic shops and residents. A LOT of homeless people though and smells bad but personally didn’t feel unsafe. Not quite what you would expect though.
Aside from homeless and smell, did not feel safe walking with my young family. The locals are rude and do not like foreigners. We were followed, called names yelled to go back home.
Worth the walk. Bars, entertainment as well as locals make this for a very diverse and interesting stroll down by the beach.