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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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  • We had a blast when we went to Venice Beach so beautiful and peaceful! The water was so warm and the sand was so relaxing!  more »
  • For those coming to Los Angeles is required a visit to Venice with its canals but striking and a beautiful promenade with shops details that must be visited. The ocean and its beaches very great offers a moment to relax in the Sun insimenicabile.
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  • Currently writing this while staying on Venice Beach. My husband and I wanted to find a place for our family to stay right on the beach instead of inland. BIG MISTAKE! The place we are staying is nice...  more »
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  • This is one of those few places that has not changed in decades, with the exception of changes in food establishments like the now ever-present Poke shops. Best time to come is in the morning - already bustling at 10:00am but not many food places are open. But, its the best time if looking for parking. Not much to do other than explore and take pictures of something of note to you.
  • I loved it! There's many artists selling personal pieces, I wish I had more money because I was tempted to buy so much beautiful art there! Good food vendors, I had a fish taco and pistachio ice-cream and it was delicious. There's many booths and shops to stop at, great for souvenirs, jewelry, and nicnacs. Walking down Venice beach was one of my favorite things about my trip to California!
  • I just love this place. Everyone practicing sports and cool environment. Graffities, food, drawings people skating everywhere, just kind of paradise :p Totally recommend to have a look at the skate park, pretty impressive if you like that. It's hard parking around there, I recommend to go to the residential streets. Hostels are great!!
  • So nice to walk on the boardwalk. It's always beautiful. Bring a towel and hang out on the beach and watch the waves, smell the salt air and people watch. Parking can be $$$, so take uber. Lots of vendors and a great book shop.
  • Rife with beach bums and the lingering smell of pot, the Venice Beach boardwalk is an iconic spot. Shops offered nothing remarkable and there were more people trying to get a buck out of you than Street performers, but as many will tell you that's what makes Venice Beach the icon it is today. While this attraction can be startling at first, it's a classic part of the larger Venice community and an interesting place to people watch. I'd recommend taking a peek and then exploring the rest of the city further.

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