Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Los Angeles

Beach · Nature / Park
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. A visit to Venice Beach and Boardwalk represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Los Angeles trip builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • People watching, eclectic styles, southern Cali eats. Venice never fails and is always a vibe! I can't wait to get back.  more »
  • Venice Beach certainly offers excitement. Maybe just not the kind everyone is looking for. A big sandy beach, well used skatepark, tons of people, etc.. But also blocks long homeless camp, lots of...  more »
  • Horrible, full of homeless encampments. The city doesn’t seem to enforce anything if you appear homeless, on drugs or mentally ill. I don’t think it’s safe and it’s certainly not clean.  more »
  • I liked the bohemian vibe of this place at first, but it also was very shady and dirty and it smelled like urine. We couldn’t walk ten feet without people asking for money. I was excited to visit Muscle Beach but there was no one there. The street art was pretty cool though.
  • The culture, the vibe, the beach, the talent the skateboarding peeps have, the roller skating vibes, the rich personalities people have, so much talent in this humble, hustling community, a place where every single soul has something to offer with their uniqueness. Y'all keep doing You! Yeah, I am from Texas! I loved this spot, great vibes. 🍍☺
  • First time to California, so I had to go to Venice Beach. I absolutely loved the whole west coast vibe. The people seemed so cool & care free. You see a lot of different things & types of people on the boardwalk which I thought was great. I never saw a skate park before, so seeing all the people, young & old, skating/skateboarding with everyone standing around the bowl watching was one of the highlights of my experience. Even got some great food from Larry's. The "Fish Tacos" were amazing as well as the Boardwalk Poutine. I definitely plan on returning to both
  • Bohemian spirit at Beach. The most lively place in LA. You'll find people riding bikes, skating, bringing their dogs for walk or just carrying them while they skate around and just loving the place. The famous muscle beach and skatepark and recreation centre, there's something for all. Just free your soul and soak in all that's around. You'll leave with tons of memories.
  • The Boardwalk is great! Lots of awesome shops, tons of yummy spots to eat, you can also have a couple of drinks there. Of course swimming in the ocean is just steps away.

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