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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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  • Venice is my favorite place to be! Great walking there with little shops. You can even walk to Santa Monica Pier!  more »
  • It was a very clever way to spend a family weekend,it was very nice to walk around and shopping with my daughter food was nice place very clean I will go back .....  more »
  • It's been 3 years since our last trip and most of the Venice Beach area has remained the same. Very artsy, homelessness and panhandlers. I noticed this time however there seemed to be more aggressive ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Unique atmosphere. Sometimes you don't know what to expect. The beach is really nice for the amount of people there. If you want to park conveniently close, it'll probably cost you $15.
  • Ah Venice! Venice is always fun to visit whether it's Venice Beach, or Venice, Italy. There is tons of shopping, food, and specialty shops on the boardwalk. You can always find something unique here. The ocean view is phenomenal. People watching is also fantastic! There is a seedy element to the area, so be wary and stay clear of the beach police vehicles because they will run your a$$ over pursuing criminals across the boardwalk and beach.
  • From Wisconsin - Great time with great people! I was really impressed with the whole town of Santa Monica. VERY clean and modern. Lots of activity going on while visiting - Bands, Farmers Market, Pier shows, Venice Body Builder Comp. etc.
  • I absolutely love Venice Beach. There is a little bit of everyone here! Of course with it being such a big tourist attraction there are many people pushing to sell items but there's also a fair amount of shops on the boardwalk if you're looking for a souvenir. The food along the boardwalk is a little pricey but it's tasty. There's a couple great patios where you can have a drink with a nice view. Don't forget there's a ton of beach to relax and watch the sunset!