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Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Address: Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 888 LA-PARKS
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We went not sure what to expect & were not disappointed It was a very busy bustling area, not quite as glamorous as I've seen on TV but still very alive. I made a promise to a... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It had been a number of years since we had visited Venice Beach so we decided to have another look around. We had enjoyed the vibe on previous visits and I was thinking of staying a couple of nights on an upcoming return visit to LA. We visited mid-week rather than the weekend and maybe that was a mistake because... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went not sure what to expect & were not disappointed It was a very busy bustling area, not quite as glamorous as I've seen on TV but still very alive. I made a promise to a friend who has passed away that I would go & check it out on her behalf & I'm glad I did but I... More 

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Mold, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed in Santa Monica and went for a walk along the boardwalk. Horrible place, so many homeless (but that seems to be a problem in the area generally), dirty, seedy and tatty shops. Beautiful beach but let down by the boardwalk area. So glad we did not stay there.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is often on the list of things you 'must do' when going to LA. It is worth checking out I guess but just be wary before going, there are a lot of homeless people scattered around. We stayed right on the beach front for 4 nights which was nice and quite close to a few of the local bars... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Boardwalk is great for a nice afternoon or early evening stroll. You can catch street performers and entertainers, buy some pop art, or check out one of many shops along the sidewalk (both for souvenirs and other products). I probably wouldn't recommend eating around there; I've never really craved anything along the sidewalk, and it's overpriced anyway. Parking can... More 

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Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the most varied, lively and stretched/spacious beach I have ever been. It also has a great wow-factor mainly caused by the (remarkable and sometimes crazy) people walking here, and the available sport facilities, shops, restaurants, attractions and it has the greatest pier on the US west coast . I find it the mother of all beaches.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Venice beach is the perfect place to take a stroll and people watch. I didn't do any shopping, but there are tons of little shops to explore.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were keen to get to see the boardwalk and check out Muscle Beach. So when we got there we were very disappointed. stay in Santa Monica instead and check out the old muscle beach area much more fun.

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Fermanagh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is another tourist trap with shops selling usual tourist merchandise and restaurants with over priced food, good to see the area the best part is the beach it was beautiful. there is a lot of homeless in the area but they don't bother you and a lot of guys trying to give you FREE CDs just walk on or... More 

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Kincumber, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I walked all the way along both sides and it was great, the sights, sounds and people, such an experience.

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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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