Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Venice Beach was beautiful.
Be careful when walking the boardwalk you can be pulled into over priced items which you could find cheaper when you walk futher down the path.
EXAMPLE: At the beginning of the boardwalk I paid $8 for a henna tatto but a few minutes of a walk down the road I got it for $5. Also, don't be scared to bargain...
Beware of Pot heads and homeless people. They will obviously ask you for money.
You will see a lot of stores with weed symbols but Venice Beach is known for that kind of stuff.
Live entertainment occasionally.
If you like to pump iron, get this... there is an outdoor gym! Tan and get a little tone. ;-)
Get a henna tattoo. It will last about 1-3 weeks. Great for the Summer.
It's a little cooler in Venice Beach too, so bringing a light jacket wouldnt be a bad idea.
Fondest memory: I will definately miss the beautiful tan which the sun burnt into me.
If you would like a tan, lay out in the sun for an hour or 2...
I will miss the palms down the roads.
When it's warm, Venice beach is a must-see. on labor day (end of august), it's a total carnival- families, freaks, roller-babes and bodybuilders......great fun!
Fondest memory: One of the things I miss most when travelling is the Hollywood Farmer's Market. Forget about the touristy "Original Farmer's Market" on 3rd St and instead head to Sunset & Vine for the real deal on Sunday mornings.
Four city blocks filled with veggies, fruits, food, bread...and buskers who are actually talented. All with a view of the Hollywood Hills. Not to be missed on a warm December morning!
Go to Venice Beach! You could tour Hollywood and see a whole lot of nuthin. But Hollywood is as fake as it looks on screen. An enormous number of people trying way too hard to get noticed. Venice Beach is as real as it gets. If ever there was a gathering of every type of person imaginable, it would be Venice Beach. Make sure to hang out with the locals at the Sidewalk Cafe.
Fondest memory: From Venice to Sunset, from Westwood to the Promenade, from Hollywood(blah) to Malibu. There was never a dull moment in LA. If you are bored in LA you are boring.
My fondest memory would have to be at Venice Beach. After a day of sun, beach, and drink we sauntered into the Sidewalk Cafe to mingle and be merry. As the sun began to set and the nightcrawlers emerged from their lairs, someone thought it would be a good idea to indulge in a little co-ed skinny dippin. Emerging from the toxic pool someone thought it would be a good idea to put some money on my willingness to be spontaneous. '$100 says hadley won't streak into the Sidewalk at say hi to our bartender pal, Brian.'
Before the words were out i was off and running. Setting: Friday night, full house, band jammon in the back. I hadn't realized how popular one becomes being the only one in their birthday suit. I completed my task and on returning outside found my companions literaly rolling on the ground. As I was ....
Gotta go. I'll finish this later.
Venice Beach is quite possibly the weirdest place on the planet. It's impossible to explain; just go and you'll see what I mean. It is not to be missed!
Fondest memory: I love big cities, but since LA doesn't feel all that big that's not why I like it so much. It's just very unique, and I enjoyed seeing a part of the world unlike any other.
Favorite thing: Grab a book, pay a visit to Venice Beach. Over 95% you would be able to enjoy the California sunshine here. Rent a bike or roller-blade to feel the local life. My favourite is the 'druming group' gathered on Venice beach every weekend. Enthusiasts would bring along their own drums, gather on the beach and jam along. Not only different kinds of drums, you will also see people playing with their plastic bucket. You can easily locate them, by the sound of the drums or a large crowd (one time it got up to 100!) gathered on the beach.
Go on top of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and have a cocktail. They will put you in a little booth on a rotating floor that lets you see the LA lights at night! The drinks are not very expensive and you can even bring the cup home for a souvenir!
Fondest memory: Venice beach on a clear day is such a beautiful place. There are many little shops on the board walk where you can buy interesting stuff. It's nice to just stroll along the walk way watching people and their dogs =) lots of dogs.
Favorite thing: No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a trip to Venice Beach!!! Bring good socks and a pair of rollerblades because there is 22 miles of paved rollerblading trails to enjoy, all within sight of the ocean.
Go have Chicken and Waffles at Roscoe's. Be sure to arrive hungry. And take a souvenir of the place, otherwise people will say 'Chicken and WHAT?' Also, take your shoes off and walk in the surf line at the beach. Take both close up and distance photos to remind you of the blissful day in L.A.
Fondest memory: While riding on the Venice Beach bike path I saw two dolphins who seemed to be swimming along with me. This was years ago, about 7 am. It was a magical moment during my pre-workday bike ride.
get stoned and walk the Venice boardwalk. Have your palm read. Spin in the bongo circle. Get your pocket picked.
Fondest memory: Sun setting over crashing waves of the Pacific, a breeze coming in off the ocean, tussling her hair while our bodies...
drop by Venice Beach.
Photo Below: This is a 'live' web cam showing the world famous Venice Beach in California, which updates itself automatically every 10 minutes.
The web cam is pointing south along the boardwalk, displaying the bike path, beach, pavilion area and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. One of the most interesting times to view this web cam is definitely during the weekend when up to 150,000 people a day visit this place!
Venice Beach is an eclectic, funky and definitely unique place where you'd see many sidewalk vendors line the boardwalk selling their wares.... many of the items homemade; and street performers entertain passing crowds by performing their unusual talents.
Fondest memory: Personally speaking, Venice Beach is nice.... but it's not reeeeally my kind of place to chill out.... Bumped into quite alot of...hm... 'interesting' personalities here. If you catch my drift!
Fondest memory: A cool LA dog chilling out right here on VENICE BEACH! Isn't he cute??? Hm, I wonder where's his owner... :-)