Venice Beach, Venice

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At Venice Beach--reputedly the shark-tooth capital of the world--take time to swim, go scuba diving, relax on the broad expanse of sand, and beachcomb for fossilized shark's teeth that make the beach famous. From the shore or the boardwalk, watch for bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the water. If you are a diver, paddle out 400 m (0.25 mi) to explore the coral reef. Stroll along the Venice pier, where you can fish, take in the view, or grab a hot dog from the bait shop. For a more substantial meal, head to Sharky's on the pier for shrimp and chips or lobster-stuffed flounder. Work out when and for how long to visit Venice Beach and other Venice attractions using our handy Venice trip generator.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Gorgeous, clean and NO DOGS ALLOWED!!! Water is crystal clear. Lifeguards are on duty. We love going to Venice beach and sitting off the the less crowded right hand side. Very well maintained.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This is a very pretty beach to walk, play, or sit on. is on Venice ave down from the great shops. Have gone here off & on for years.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Took 3 grandkids for a few hours, was a little hike with all the that things you have to bring. We did get stung by ?? In the water. But overall a good day.  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    Parking is hard to find on holiday weekends. Be prepared to park several blocks to the beach with all your beach things: chairs, umbrella, cooler, etc. The sand is coarsed and mid-gray with a lot of seaweed. The water colors are incredible from turquoise to dark sea green, great for pictures. It get crowded near the parking lot, but not if you walk further down the beach line.
  • May 23, 2017
    There are several Venice beaches. We went to the one by the fishing pier. It was beautiful. The kids found a few shark teeth. It was crowded, but you didn't feel too crowded. The only thing I didn't like, we couldn't find a place to rinse off. They may have a place, but we didn't see it. Other than that the place was awesome.
  • June 17, 2017
    Wonderful beach! Plenty of fossils to find.The lifeguards are very helpful and the people very respectful f one another. Very clean beach too. One of my new weekend destinations!
  • June 4, 2017
    Excellent beach. Nice facilities. The drive down to the beach off of Venice Avenue is a good one to do some sightseeing. I'm from Southern California and this short drive reminds me a lot of Pasadena.
  • March 24, 2017
    Such a beautiful beach!! There is parking adjacent the beach when you can find it (honestly wasn't too difficult to find parking at all). The water is crystal clear blue and you can even see the fish swimming alone the shore! The beach wasn't too packed although there was a good amount of people but not enough to feel crowded. We went on a Wednesday around 1pm. It was absolutely beautiful the water was a little chill but felt good with the sun shining down and a light breeze. Definitely kid friendly as there were young children playing in the sand and we even joined them and when we were ready to leave there was a place to rinse your feet and body! Perfect way to spend an afternoon!

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