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Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to skateboarders, you will see it all here.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90291
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Venice Beach is of course worth a trip. But the long market lane is ruining the experience so stay off that track. It's extremely touristy and it's all a big hustler lane with so many shady and rowdy people on drugs trying to sell you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Venice has it going on. Lots of different walks of life, smokers, tokers, skaters, homeless, beggers, movie stars, musical acts, dog acts, dogs, couples, families, and on and on. It's a lot of fun and can go wrong fast if you're not paying attention. Keep...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OakSpringFarm
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a place to walk have something to eat and some drinks a lot of vendors of food and souvenirs

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ada92871
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living on the east coast, I've been to a number of commercialized boardwalks in Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, etc. Venice has some things in common with those -- cheesy gift shops, unhealthy fried snacks/pizza, ice cream joints and the odd decent-looking restaurant. What is unique...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank asiganamadrid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended to see and feel like local. Souvenir shops are expensive. Snacks are good. Fruits are available.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank madeang
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had seen pictures , glossaries and films of Venice Beach, but the reality is it's nowhere what I anticipated . So sorry to any one living there , I definitely wouldn't go there again .

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank raymonddavies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Venice Beach is a great place if you’re into people watching, but the amount of homeless people and lack of cleanliness on the boardwalk in general is a bit off-putting. Go for a stroll during the day as the beach is great, but I wouldn’t...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CostasDaGreek
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am not quite sure what to make of this place. It was interesting to see, sort of funky but largely sad to see it has left a large swath of social destruction that reminded me of a Mad Max meets Heidi and Gilligan. An...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Donaldtrout
Reviewed November 8, 2018

We had high hopes that it would be trendy and fun, a bit of people (poser) watching and generally a great atmosphere..... What it is, is somewhere you get ripped off on parking, harassed by many guys trying to ‘give’ you their music cd’s. Tacky...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AshBush
Reviewed November 7, 2018

This is an interesting walk. The architecture has its own personality , the vibrancy of the people pedalling their wares, the street performers, the skaters, the homeless, the cannabis smell - all of this and more is out there on the boardwalk waiting for you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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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Cat E
January 31, 2018|
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Response from jamesv8 | Reviewed this property |
As to boardwalks in California, most are not the same as our East Coast boardwalks with their amusement parks (think Coney Island). The closest is Santa Cruz which has an old fashioned amusement park. Santa Monica is an open... More
Jessica F
January 10, 2018|
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Response from Samuel M | Reviewed this property |
You can find lots of apartments online at various rental websites. As for living there, the area has very mixed areas. Some are very expensive and trendy, but nearby you will find dispensaries and homeless. There are lots... More
December 16, 2017|
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Response from jamesv8 | Reviewed this property |
December can be the coldest time of the year 60's - 70's but right now it is in the 80's! 9 - 5 is best and safest, after 5 best to stay near the pier of 3rd st.