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“Beautiful beach, interesting shopping area.”
Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los...
Ranked #85 of 553 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 July 14, 2013 via mobile

I visited with my husband and 4 kids on the 4th of July, so it was very crowded but we had no problem finding a spot on the beach. Our trouble was in locating it again after swimming or shopping! Even marking landmarks didn't help much! But we aren't used to such a large beach, either.
The surf was enough to knock us off our feet at times, but not high enough to worry this landlubber mama, but my 3 kids who were in the water are strong swimmers. The beach has a very gradual slope out into the water and doesn't have a close sudden dropoff like a lot of CA beaches north of LA so the waves roll in.
The sand is soft and pretty clean.
The bathrooms and showers were yucky, and always had long lines.
Parking was atrocious because of the holiday, but we still found a spot 2 blocks away.
Definitely stroll through the shopping and Muscle Beach. Quirky, rough around the edges. I would limit family time to before 5 though.

Thank Polie2too
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The beach on its own is descent and relatively clean.
The shops are abundant with the regular touristy beachy stuff.

BUT there is also abundance of grass/weed being sold. The undercurrent in this place made me uncomfortable. And the cab driver confirmed my feelings." Not safe after 6pm"

So if its a family thing Santa Monica is way better

2  Thank Mohitoswal
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I enjoyed walking thorugh Venice beach. It was fun to see all of the people selling every craft under the sun. Unlike Santa Monica beach, Venice had alot of art and clothing and more for sale. Just make sure you have cash! They also have people doing various things for change... dancing, gymnastics, side shows, singing, you name it! And I love the walking/ bike trail connector to Santa Monica Beach. Enjoy!

Thank Kim H
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Not one of my favorite beaches in California. Very busy. Just a little sneaky! You can see pot stores everywhere on the shopping street adjoining the beach.

Thank JDJason
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

beach is really nice and lively. it is steep and deep so might not be be very safe for swimming.
Walk along beach gives a glimpse of LA's vibrant and colorful lifestyle. You will meet lot of people here, from weed smokers to hand writing analysts... take a coffee or beer at one of those beach-side cafes\bars, it's real fun... Santa monica pier is also nearby.

1  Thank NileWanderer
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