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Venice Beach

Los Angeles, CA
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Venice Beach, Los Angeles California

Description

Venice Beach is where all the crazies that California is famous for hang out. The muscle men who care about nothing more than the size of their pecs hang out at Muscle Beach, which is an area full of workout equipment right on the beach. The free spirits sell their tie-dye shirts, incense, and beaded jewelry along Ocean Front Walk, the street that fronts the beach. It's fun to walk along and find all manner of things to buy and people to watch. There are jugglers, musicians, magicians, and people with the wildest hairdos, tattoos, and hats. Once when we were there we saw a not-that-young guy lift 800 pounds. It was astounding!
Graffiti artists come here to freely spray paint without reprimand. The smell is awful, but only within a few feet. There is a skate park on the beach, and all kinds of funnies hang out there too, showing off their latest move- women in skimpy bikinis and rollerskates, men in skimpy bikinis too! There are many different sports courts where the buff hang out to play basketball, volleyball, and handball.
Lately there have been a LOT of homeless people, drug addicts, and sketchy types hanging out on Ocean Front Walk, so it's not quite as fun as it was in the past.
The beach, an extension of Santa Monica Beach, has lovely pale gold sand that extends far until it meets the crashing waves. Sunsets here are great. Wooden boardwalks extend out from the bike path making it easier to walk the long distance across the sand to the shore.
The bike path, which runs along the sand all the way from Will Rogers State Beach in the north to Torrance Beach in the south for 20 miles, passes through Venice Beach and is wonderful to ride along. You can rent bikes along the path at Santa Monica Beach and ride for a few minutes to Venice Beach. The cold salt air and sun feels so good as you ride along. There are plenty of happy people who join you on the path.
There is a playground in the sand at the edge of the beach at Venice Beach near the skate park. A toddler structure, big kids playground, and two regular swings provide a place for kids to burn off energy.
It's not safe to walk around Venice at night alone, so be careful.
For a night-time promenade with street performers and great musicians, check out 3rd Street Promenade in nearby Santa Monica, a pretty, pedestrian-only area with many sidewalk cafes. It is lovely at night when the trees are lit up.

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Palm trees decorated with graffiti at Venice Beach.
Palm trees decorated with graffiti at Venice Beach.
Jewelry stall along Ocean Front Walk.
Jewelry stall along Ocean Front Walk.
Musician laying down on Ocean Front Walk.
Musician laying down on Ocean Front Walk.
The Recommendation Station...
The Recommendation Station...
Bike riding along Ocean Front Walk.
Bike riding along Ocean Front Walk.
Surf and Skate Shop on Ocean Front Walk.
Surf and Skate Shop on Ocean Front Walk.
Reading the menu at a grotty eatery- check out the architecture.
Reading the menu at a grotty eatery- check out the architecture.
Cool building in Venice.
Cool building in Venice.
Graffiti on the beach.
Graffiti on the beach.
See how large these concrete graffiti towers are compared to the guy walking along.
See how large these concrete graffiti towers are compared to the guy walking along.
Tiled pavement at the skate park.
Tiled pavement at the skate park.
Palms and graffiti...
Palms and graffiti...
Skateboarder at the skate park.
Skateboarder at the skate park.
Bike rider in Venice.
Bike rider in Venice.
Toddler and big kid playground in the sand at Venice Beach.
Toddler and big kid playground in the sand at Venice Beach.
Statue by the playground.
Statue by the playground.
Ocean Front Walk is colorful.
Ocean Front Walk is colorful.
Bike path on the beach beside Ocean Front Walk.
Bike path on the beach beside Ocean Front Walk.
People enjoying a stroll or bike ride along Ocean Front Walk. Notice the cute architecture.
People enjoying a stroll or bike ride along Ocean Front Walk. Notice the cute architecture.
Happy jogger plus bike riders. Sidewalk cafe.
Happy jogger plus bike riders. Sidewalk cafe.
Taking a break leaning on a palm tree beside the beach, between Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier.
Taking a break leaning on a palm tree beside the beach, between Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier.

Directions

Exit the 405 Freeway westbound at Venice Blvd. Park at the end of Venice or Washington Blvds, or in the parking lots along Speedway. Parking may cost so bring some cash.

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Visitor Ratings

Overall Visitor Rating:


will
07/12/2010 20:49
They mentioned this place on a tv show that was on the other week- i want to go!

Jeffrey
10/15/2009 14:33
Venice Beach is cool to go to for the wacky suntanned buff people. If you like clubs and an urban beach scene you'll like Venice. But there are much nicer beaches up north, Malibu, Santa Barbara, that are quieter and more beautiful

cameron
10/15/2009 12:44
Venice Beach is absolutely beautiful and exciting. Parking was $10 and it was well worth it. Beach was clean- it was obvious the city put a lot of effort into keeping it that way. Sand felt good to walk in and the water was cold but nice.

Valentin
10/01/2009 14:58
I'm sooo fan on Venice!

Last Updated Thu, 05 Apr 2012 01:41:40 GMT