Venice Beach

Venice Beach, Los Angeles: Address, Venice Beach Reviews: 4/5

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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
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2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Venice
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 happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
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Brian
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Venice Beach is Back!!!
Sep 2021 • Friends
During the height of COVID, I visited Venice Beach and I have to admit it was a bit scary as with many other areas of Los Angeles. However, I visited again the other day and it seems like a completely different place in a very good way. I was so pleasantly surprised to see such a fantastic improvement in a relatively short period of time. It is so great to see Venice Beach is once again one of the best beaches in the LA area. If you are trying to decide whether you should visit or not, please take my word for it, you should absolutely go! You will love it!!!
Written September 16, 2021
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Jude L
New Orleans, LA10 contributions
Do Not Bother!!
Sep 2021 • Couples
This place is totally disgusting. The only positives are the beach and homeless are gone. Restaurants and shops that are open look filthy. We stayed about a half hour. Tons of millennials that have no jobs and play all day.
Written September 16, 2021
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Federico Z
Trondheim, Norway5 contributions
Actually a very nice beach
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is odd... Several reviewers reported squalid conditions, but we did not see a single homeless, not even traces of them. The beach felt safe, it was clean and lifeguards were on duty.
Maybe it has to do with the the section; we were at the Venice fishing pier and did not walk up north, but the beach looked just as fine southwards. Maybe it's because it was Monday morning.
The were some people around, and they all looked normal beach people (with some more surfers than usual, since they have a dedicated section of the beach just south of the pier); no weirdos, drunkards, junkies or other disturbing elements.
The restaurants in the area as are a bit pricey, but not obscenely so.
We walked around in some streets and alleys, and they all felt safe and were well tended to.

So either the other reviewers are local residents who want to keep tourists away, or the authorities have done one hell of a clean-up in the last few weeks!
Written September 2, 2021
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kmz88
Chicago, IL272 contributions
Interesting contrasts
Jul 2021
Very touristy. Beaches are nice. Lots of shops selling stuff. Expensive restaurants. Lots of homeless people. You can see the contrasts of LA here.
Written August 17, 2021
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Audrey K
3 contributions
Not safe… homeless encampment
Aug 2021 • Couples
I cannot express my disappointment and really sadness for what I experienced here. It is a homeless encampment full of unstable addicts. Very unsafe and scary. Smells of urine and feces and it is completely littered with trash. Very very sad. Avoid this beach.
Written August 16, 2021
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Rookie Wine Maker
Rosemount, MN206 contributions
Interesting place
Aug 2021 • Family
Fun place to visit. The beach is large with space to do most anything. The skate park is fun to watch along with the basketball and pickle ball courts. Bring your skate board, bike, or roller skates when you come to this beach.
Written August 11, 2021
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CuratorClaire
1 contribution
Skid Row on the beach: The Epitome of LA's poorly run government
Jun 2021
Wow. This is an embarrassment of our a city's poorly run government. I live in Orange County and have taken friends that visit from out of state here. It's been about 4 years since I was last there and used to enjoy the fun and wacky art scene and performers. Went there a few weeks ago and it was like skid row on the beach. I almost stepped on a hypodermic needle AND human poop. Saw two homeless people seemingly on meth get into a physical fight. There's tents and homeless everywhere. I can't believe Mike Bonin would let his district turn into this. Heard that the LA sheriff was going to start enforcing camping laws and GOOD. Why would you let people camp/live on the beach like this and trash it?!?! These homeless people are dying there...that's not compassion. Make them leave and offer services to get the help they need at nearby shelter. It's just so sad that it got this bad. I feel sorry for the businesses that are losing customers and homeowners whose BEACHFRONT properties are decreasing...I would stay far away from this beach until LA actually does something about this.
Written July 23, 2021
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Ann P
3 contributions
I was scared for my safety
Jul 2021
This place is total garbage. There were no interesting stores or restaurants. There is now just a huge homeless tent city on the beach. Many intoxicated persons. Every book I read said to go here, I say stay away. We walked on an off immediately. Did not feel we were in a safe space.
Written July 20, 2021
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Dmax32
Milford, CT355 contributions
No reason to stop here
Jun 2021 • Family
All I can say is wow. There is absolutely no reason to come to Venice beach unless you like to be bothered or get drugs. No one in my family felt safe or be able to enjoy what once was a vital part of CA.
Written June 25, 2021
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nanjeancool
Newport News, VA4 contributions
The heartbreak of Venice Beach
Jun 2021 • Couples
The area, including the beach, I Is now a homeless community. It is sad, dirty, and not a healthy place to be… such a change from four years ago!
Written June 22, 2021
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