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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“muscle beach” (726 reviews)
“people watching” (508 reviews)
“santa monica” (513 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Venice
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stayed right on the beach, and we literally spent a day just watching the world parade by...joggers, bike riders, roller skaters, dog walkers, tourists, families, street entertainers, local market stalls...even saw a movie being shot on the beach! Lots of cafes and restaurants, very...More

Thank Janine K
Reviewed yesterday

This is a very clean beach. Enjoyable views. Very serene and peaceful. There is metered parking, but it is hard to find.

Thank grissmg
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Venice isn’t glamorous so if your after fine dining etc this isn’t the place for you but it’s amazing !! Hired a bike and rode around Venice they have so many little shops and fresh food to eat , fruit ice cream !! Tattoo parlours...More

Thank Kylie H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bought some gym T shirts with logos.. told by front man that the T shirts were $20 .. inclusive of print!! And .. on a special price ...you could buy 2 get one free just pay for the print. No!!!!! Don’t believe it.. !! It’s...More

Thank Marie M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Venice Beach is, in a word, unusual. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for. The Strand bike and walk path follows along the shore with beach on one side and shops on the other. Skate parks,...More

Thank TT_ND
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good to see, there are a couple of good cafe's for lunch, i recommend hiring a bike to get there. The souvenir shops are cheap and nasty but its good to have a look.

Thank BecksPoint
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s such a fun place! Great board walk- amazing sun set views and bars! Bring a sweater and long pants in Jan. It got cold. The water was so so cold. Could not swim in it but did put my foot in there. Fried Oreo...More

Thank Mandeep H
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place has changed a lot in the last couple years. Tons of homeless everywhere and weed. Little mini camps in several places. Homeless and bums trying to sell “art work” and paintings from their residences for cash. Want to be rappers and musicians trying...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nothing like strolling along Venice Beach. Love it. Highly recommend spending a few hours people watching.

Thank WorldTraveler1976
Reviewed 6 days ago

I agree with Zalgariath, "this place is kind of nuts." I think our whole family got a bit buzzed on second-hand smoke and for that reason, I would not suggest if for young families unless that your thing. It was very touristy and lots of...More

Thank cckraft
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Venice
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
...More
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kencat1966
25 November 2017|
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Response from kimgreen71195 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I was there in March and it was lively. There is plenty of things to do and a lot of people to watch.
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MikeTizzel
12 September 2017|
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Response from TravelAdam88 | Reviewed this property |
Well, first of all if you want to stay somewhere on the cheap, definitely go to the "Walk of Fame Hostel" on Hollywood Blvd. Book as soon as you know your dates! Tons of hot girls from all of the world.... you'll love, plus... More
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MCobsessed
7 August 2017|
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Response from Carl J | Reviewed this property |
If you are traveling and staying there, I suggest you keep valuables in the hotel safe. usually there is one in each room but, if not, they usually have a safe keeping place for guests. If walking on Venice Beach, as long... More
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