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Address: Los Angeles, CA 90291
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.

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I came to Venice to people watch for a couple hours and check out the scene. The best parking is the lot on the south end of the paddle tennis courts. It was just $6. The... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Amazing place to visit. Lots of little shops, cafes, bands playing on the side of road and street entertainers. The skateboard park is a great place to stop off and see everyone flying around the park!! Great beach.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went all the way from Marina del Rey to Santa Monica following the beach walk, it takes around 2 hours (with several "photo" stops) and you can enjoy a meal in the park of Venice Beach, buy some souvenirs... And if you rent a bicycle it will take you less than an hour!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I came to Venice to people watch for a couple hours and check out the scene. The best parking is the lot on the south end of the paddle tennis courts. It was just $6. The spectacular parts of Venice Boardwalk are on the north end. That's where the street art vendors and performers are.

Thank Stu G
Orange, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recently stayed at the iconic Hotel Erwin located on the beach. My wife and checked in on a Saturday afternoon. After getting unpacked we headed to the boardwalk and had a great afternoon enjoying the street performers, watching the skateboarders in the skate park, people watching and snacking on some great calamari. We returned early enough to the hotel... More 

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Semarang, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is another of those places you will probably visit because it's well known. It has a quirky collection of individuals and touristy shops all around. If you enjoy people watching then you will see some interesting sights.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went there on a windy day! Quite busy with street performers and Musclemen flexing out at the Muscle beach. It feels like a world out of the hustle of LA. good play area for the kids where my niece enjoyed the sand in an enclosed area. Nice cafe's and short eats..An evening well spent!

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Scottdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like California beaches this is the one, the big Kahuna! The board walk, the outdoor gym, the skate board park. The waves were great but the water is cooler than I like. No its cold. Great people watching and well patroled by LAPD on horse back. Good places to eat at the north end of the wal up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great fun day on the beach, full of character with a great variety of people and places to eat. Alternative shops very much like Londons Camden Town only with beautiful beaches and sun

Thank awds
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The venice beach is a busy place, hard to find parking but once there, it is a nice experience with different people at all age groups spending time in the same place

Thank sarasagiv
Tyler, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a good time just people watching, we are from the midwest and it was very interesting seeing this culture.

Thank Jeff S

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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 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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