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“muscle beach”(777 reviews)
“people watching”(543 reviews)
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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Hollywood!
Los Angeles, CA 90291
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Reviewed today via mobile

But early morning and throughout you get a really good picture of homelessness in LA. Surprising as Santa Monica is 10min walk up and is quite clean, still, if you’re a skate buff it’s a place to come see

Thank Vlad I
Reviewed yesterday

It's a convenient location if you want to go for a beach. A relaxing beach with reasonable parking fee, but the bathroom is not so clean.

Thank huichenk2016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Where you can be who you want to be without anyone ridiculing or thinking any less of you. Carefree environment

Thank EvanH659
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For some reason, I fell in love here! I love skate culture, always have. I'm terribly sad that I did not get to see Venice Beach when Todd Ray had his Freakshow here, that would have been one of my dreams come true! So that...More

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Venice Beach was full of... oddballs. Quite a high homeless population, lots of very eccentric art stalls. Most of the shops on the beachfront were tattoo parlours and tshirt shops, not many places to eat. The beach is beautiful but the street front was not...More

1  Thank meganstericker
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you just hang out on the beach - enjoy the ocean - this is a really nice place. Walking the boardwalk is not very nice. Homelessness people and very dirty.

2  Thank Altius10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely holiday earlier this year however felt the need to write this review after finally getting round to it - believe that this could be a better place could it be looked after a bit more by tourists. Litter everywhere!!!

1  Thank Kensington43
Reviewed 4 days ago

Time to clean up this area, it’s dangerous and filthy. Get some help for the mentally ill that live there in their boxes and other bizarre shelters. I took a group of friends here and wish I hadn’t.

Thank Aussie1fan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not great for young families.... Gets very seedy the further south you head. Santa Monica is nice and we'll worth the effort

Thank Andrew J
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were in Los Angeles and planned to see Venice Beach. We used Expo line Metro to come to culver city terminus. After that we came out to catch 33 bus to Venice Beach. It took 1.25hrs to reach the stop Sunset from Hollywood. Venice...More

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Venice has always danced to its own beat as the
epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along
the boardwalk there are street performers and local
craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings,
souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of
visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting
enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders
do their tricks around the skate park. All of it
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Nick B
16 July 2018|
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Response from Jennifer-Lynn C | Reviewed this property |
There's some paid parking spots, or you can find some in certain streets. Honestly. The paid parking isn't that expensive, so I would personally just take it - less of a headache. There's plenty between Venice and Santa... More
15 July 2018|
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Response from heather w | Reviewed this property |
Any time after 11am is ok but late afternoon is better. Weekends are busy but at least everything is opened then
15 July 2018|
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Response from drink50fifty | Reviewed this property |
This is not a place for families... Venice Beach is a strange place and it’s not a family attraction.