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Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Los Angeles

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The southern Californian community of Venice has for decades been famous for its vibrant subcultures and offbeat way of living, and Venice Beach and Boardwalk is no exception. One of Los Angeles’ most legendary spots, the beach is packed with people from all walks of life. Stroll along the boardwalk to pass numerous street performers, food stalls, and artists selling their wares. You can also watch anglers on the fishing pier, surfers battling the swell, and some of LA’s fittest residents working out at Muscle Beach. Make sure you leave enough time to sunbathe on the soft sand and dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Use our Los Angeles vacation trip planner to add Venice Beach and Boardwalk and other attractions to your Los Angeles vacation plans.
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  • It's Venice Beach - a place where anyone can go and they all do! It's pretty much a tourist trap and hustle joint for the fine folks who live on the fringes of society .... if you don't want to work f...  more »
  • Had a very good time here. Very family friendly with shops, eatery's, and not to mention the whole reason for being there, The Beach!!!! Did not want to leave! Beautiful sunsets with ships in the back...  more »
  • tons of shops and restaurants nearby. convenient walkway right on the sand. Fun to walk around and watch people and surfers  more »
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  • Loved it. It's exciting with the beach right there and the dock you can walk out on, it's great. There's always something going on there. The environment is safe. Nice place to take a stroll with your significant other. The only thing you may come across at night are groups of homeless people. Apart from that everything else is at your fingertip. Go enjoy Venice.
  • I use to go here in the early 80's and it was loads of fun. I was surprised at how dirty it is. Lots of people who were drunk, high or homeless. The bathroom was much worse than any gas station restroom. Things are in mini blocks and almost every one of them had the same stores. But then we saw American Apparel......that was the best part. We visited during the day. I'm not sure what is like at night.
  • When I visit Los Angeles, I love to visit the board walk. It's so artsy and unique! I love to see the creative art, buildings, and people. If you're not a California native, it's a must see to truly experience the So Cal vibe!
  • Too many drunks and ex felons walking around here. Some LAPD officers might be on the edge and EVERYBODY gets treated like a criminal. I had a horrible experience last week with officer "Bellidinni" I am an educated woman of class who is very close to a 20 year old veteran and LAPD Sergeant. CHIEF BECK'S MAIN MAN. So I truly respect the police. Let me tell you, this officer did the impossible to make me lose my cool. Just because I DID NOT HEAR HIM when he asked me to "Turn off My radio" I suffer of Lupus and Fibromyalgia and I'll tell you this man was ready to tackle me just because I moved around within 2 feet from him to find sitting space since I was hurting so much last Sunday night. That man gives good cops a bad name. He was so UNNECESSARILY LOUD AND AGGRESSIVE. I did report it to his Supervisor and I was still cited. Terrible.. I am a belly dancer and drummer at Venice for the last 4 years. Well known by the locals. I do it to raise #lupus #fibromyalgia #awareness. My drummers and I entertain locals and tourists from all over the world EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY. AND WE DO IT FROM THE HEART BUT VENICE BEACH IS BECOMING DANGEROUS AND NOW I DON'T FEEL WELCOME! @thequeenofvenice @dance4lupus
  • I Love VENICE. The boardwalk usually has free entertainment going on. The environment is pretty festive. Basketball games are fun to partake in, and the calisthenics park is great for working out. Oh yeah, let's not forget the beach. If you're visiting Los Angeles, VENICE is a must go.