We have been to Venice Beach before. It was serene and very few people there in July. We are returning to the area and want to stay in a condo/rental where we can actually SEE the beach and Gulf. We stayed at Quarterdeck a few years ago, nice, clean, but could not see the beach at all, not even from the beachfront pool. Felt like I was in a regular old hotel room and we love to sit on the patio mornings and late nights....... (So used to high rise condos at other beaches and LOVE those views.) We ended up driving to Casperson Beach most of the time to snorkel and then one day at Siesta Key which was beautiful, just very crowded at the public beach area.
Any suggestions for family of 4 with 15 year olds......beachfront and not needing luxury....just clean accommodations and beach views on the beach side of the street (don't want to cross any streets). Only need 1 week, 1-2 bedrooms, 1-2 baths and a pool.