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“Venice Beach is stuck in the 90s”
Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles
Ranked #38 of 580 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.
Reviewed April 18, 2013

One of the eseential LA experiences is iconic Venice Beach. We were excited to see Muscle Beach & the basketball courts where White Men can't jump is filmed (I couldn't think of any recent movies). At first it was enjoyable since Venice is a culture of its own and you can be free to be whoever you want there. But as the day went on more people came out to sell stuff mainly to buy drugs and it definitely got over stimulating. I would say check it out for a little while & then gap it before everyone tries to sell you their burned CDs and other random stuff. There are many arts stalls and various little shops to check out and you see how it is stuck in the 90s. But its walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier and the beach is right there too.

Thank Melanie R
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Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

If you like surfing, skating and smoking the reefa this place is definitely for you.
A great place to chill out or go for a ride.

Thank matt s
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The boardwalk is fantastic, eclectic and provides randomness all around! I love this place! So much going on, music, shops, bars and sooo many interesting people.

Especially loved the Arbor shop, can only buy this stuff on-line (arborcollective.com) or in specialist shops from the UK.

Can't explain this place in words, you just have to experience it yourself.

1  Thank nhfc
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Decided to take an afternoon adventure to Venice Beach while in the area visiting colleges with my Senior. Bad idea! It was a druggy paradise. Reeked of marijuana and there were so many people high and stumbling around. Not at all what I thought it would be. We stood to watch the skills of the skateboarders until someone higher than a kite stood next to us screaming obscenities at them. Won't go back again. We will stay at the beaches south of Venice. Much nicer!!

2  Thank Jltplus3
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Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

I loved Venice beach walking thru the sand the board walk was nice i got to take lots of pics of the people dancing skate boarding & just having a good time i got lucky one of the nba wizard players was playing basketball on the beach & was being filmed exciting lot of stores to shop n on the board walk all out beautiful view of the ocean.

Thank mz_Washington
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