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“Pretty average in Winter”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Self-Guided Santa Monica Tour in a California Roadster Rental
Ranked #34 of 542 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
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“Pretty average in Winter”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

We went Nov 28, 2012, it was pretty average, shops were shut & nothing was happening, just a lot of homeless people.

We went back to Santa Monica beach & enjoyed wandering around the shops at the 3rd St Promenade

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“Clean beach but a bit cheap.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

The beach itself was nice, but walking around the shops you do get hassled a lot by people trying to sell you CDs or marijuana (it's legal in California). The shops are quite cheap, poor quality t shirts etc. It's more laid back than Santa Monica, but I felt a bit grimier too. You can walk along the beach to Santa Monica in about 45mins, or the coastal path in about an hour ans a half which is a nice walk and provides an interesting comparison between the two places.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

No glamour, nice cafes or anything, just a place for people looking for "medicine marijuana". Not even worth the time to people watch. Interesting to see middle age people skateboarding nonetheless.

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“Disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

The beach in all the movies and tv shows, the one everyone says you must visit.

No. Don't do it.

It's a dump. Absolutely horrible.

Go to Santa Monica beach which is just a short walk away.

Venice Beach is disgustingly dirty and full of old beaten up tin shops selling nasty things. It looks like a third world country, not LA.

Visited July 2012
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“Well worth going.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

I found Venice beach to be clean and well maintained. There's lots of tourist gift shops, restaurants and scateboarders along the boarwalk. Might not be everyones cup of tea, but for others it can be a real eye opener. My favourate was the native american indian gift shop where I bought some cloths.

Visited October 2012
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