Venice Beach and Boardwalk

Attractions, Beaches Venice
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People-watching is the raison d'être at Venice Beach, which effectively continues from the southern end of Santa Monica Beach without a break. Jump into the flow of the winding Venice Boardwalk, where you can skate or cycle, watch or play volleyball or basketball, and check out the pumped-up gym obsessives who work out at Muscle Beach. Surfers may want to opt out of the less than pristine waters with inconsistent waves. For a completely different side of Venice, take a stroll through the idyllic Venice Canals (centered around Venice Boulevard and Dell Avenue). Street parking is usually jammed, but there are several beachside lots.

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tastemaker

A great place to chill and relax on a nice day. Bf and I came when the weather was in the 70s, the sun was high in the sky, and it was nice and warm. Saw a few surfers catching some waves and decided to just lay in the sand. It was also cool to see the handball courts, the gym, people climbing ropes. Kinda funny how there was all this really active stuff next to sand where people just chill. The shops are also cool and very touristy if you want to get someone a shirt or something. A great place to walk around, soak up some sun, and relax.

tastemaker

One of my favorite places in the world to be on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon. There are always things going on, people to watch, dogs to pet. Last Sunday, we watched a live performance of talented roller skaters dancing to mo-town music. If you can, walk or bike down so you don't have to find parking (it's not the easier unless you want to shell out $20 for the day) + then you can explore without worrying about a meter. If you're into fish tacos, you have to try them on the boardwalk at "Venice Fish Tacos and Smoothies." Add some hot sauce and live your life.

Tastemaker

I don't know about you, but I have watched plenty of films, over the years which feature Venice Beach as a backdrop. White Men can't Jump, American History X, Speed, The Fast and Furious. So I couldn't visit LA and not visit this iconic beach.

It's important to note this beach is inexplicitly broken down into two parts. One part is calmer, more relaxed and perfect for sunbathing, surfing and the like. The other part is where all the action is at.

From basketball, to skateboarding; singing and dancing to selling souvenirs. The boardwalk is a cocktail of all the things you see on the TV and in the movies. It's truly a sight to see.

As you stroll down the boardwalk, you can take a seat on the benches and watch the basketball. You can pop into the huge sweet shop and feed your sweet addiction (which I of course did) or you pick up a bite to eat from one of the many vendors; I went for a corndog with lashings of mustard.

If you find yourself in LA at some point, be sure to visit this. Whatever your thing, you will enjoy the time you spend here.


Not being from LA, you realize Venice Beach is the reason that you moved here. Although it can be very tourist, Venice is a special place. Great place to people watch. Skate park, basketball courts, muscle beach, drum circles and shopping. I forgot to mention the beach. But Venice is still dope 6 years after moving to LA.

moderator

Nope. There's just nothing charming about the Venice Boardwalk. It's a shame because the actual surf and sand part of the beach is pretty nice—but everything you need to encounter on the way there, from parking to the boardwalk's performers and vendors, is just the worst. If you want a city beach, head south to Manhattan or north to Santa Monica—thanks to the Expo Line opening.


Venice Beach is the perfect place if you're looking for patchouli and hemp mixed with colorful architecture and more colorful personalities.  It's also the place to find unofficial (or official) California landmarks such as Muscle Beach and the Venice Boardwalk.


Venice Beach is always a good time! Whether you're going for the beach, the interesting characters that you inevitably encounter or to go to some of the beachy bars in the area (a favorite of mine is Cabo Cantina), it's a fun and entertaining time. There's no other place in LA that gives the same feel as Venice does!  

Staff Writer

I really enjoyed my visit to Venice Beach. The atmosphere is young and cool. There are plenty of shops, bars... and obviously the beach!!

moderatorStaff WriterTastemaker

I loved visiting Venice Beach and will definitely go back on my next trip to LA.