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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 October 2005

Please do not mistaken diversity with "scary" people (according to Houstonian who wrote "What a Shock"). Venice Beach is known for its eclectic groups of people; and if experiencing diversity and culture are not your thing, then VB is not the place for you. People...More

48  Thank Pioneer30022
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 September 2003

I had never been to Venice beach, but my husband had been there about 20 years ago. He said the place had really come down since then. There was an abundance of tattoo parlors and body piercing shops, and graffiti on the buildings. Some of...More

30  Thank Expedition4561
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Venice and it’s atmosphere is amazing. It’s perfect for people watching. If you’re not afraid of the out of the ordinary

Thank KristinRK
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful big beach with so much to do. But there are hundreds and hundreds of homeless around. Love all the volleyball courts, public washrooms and bike paths.

Thank Darpell
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Although you could see the wildfires in Malibu (pretty sad) It was still a beautiful day on Venice beach. There are alot of empty state fronts though. Many homeless people, but plenty of dogs and people to watch! Surf, swim, eat and drink!

Thank Melissa_Bmore
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We walked from Santa Monica down to Venice (about 20-25 mins) the walk was nice but once in Venice the atmosphere really changes its much more noisy, hustle and dirtier than Santa Monica which is very beautiful. Cool to see but you’ll want to eat...More

1  Thank PrincessPanoullie
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Venice beach is a great place to go to the beach. There are so many things to do see and eat is increible. Lots of vendors of all kinds as you take a walk along the beach walk. Also see many of the locals working...More

Thank johnnybaca02
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Venice Beach is a great place to stroll around and relax. Walk the boardwalk to people watch and observe interesting characters. And there is great beachfront dining. The Sidewalk Cafe is my favorite. Enjoy the sun,the people, and the beach. And there is no cost...More

Thank PaulLA2013
Reviewed 5 days ago

Venice Beach is one of the best sightseeings,among many other places,in Los Angeles .You can spend at least one full day watching events or enjoy swimming in the ocean.Walking along Venice Canal is recommended and put in your schedule not to miss it.

Thank Passenger56599287166
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Venice Beach is fun. The vendors who sell trinkets appeal to tourists, similar to the Walk of Fame. Muscle Beach weightlifters, tennis courts, restaurants, bars, the bike and roller blade paths, people watching are all great. Don't try to go on a holiday weekend though,...More

Thank peoplehavetheri... .
Reviewed 5 days ago

The area is nice, but unfortunately, there are a lot of medicine shops...and you know what that means and not everyone will show respect. It was really bad!! So if the smell of stink weed bothers you, then it is the wrong place to be....More

Thank Gabrielle D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Most tourist miss this experience when visiting LA but you cannot miss the beach the scenery and the awesome sights and tastes at Venice beach. Stop by the Venice Whaler to grab a bite and bike ride along the beach. Rent a bike or roller...More

1  Thank chefpennytravels
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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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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 heatherw781 | 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.