Venice Beach, Los Angeles

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    Venice Beach

    by Maggies Written Aug 27, 2007

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    The beach in Venice is great, although touristy it's not crowded if you get there in the morning even over the weekend. The sand is soft and the washingtonias are the tallest and thinnest palm trees I've seen. It makes the view very scenic. The water in late May was too cold though.

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    Venice Beach boardwalk

    by Maggies Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Venice Beach boardwalk is a famous place often shown in the movies. But it doesn't look the same way in reality. It used to be well known for artists but it didn't seem like an artists' place to me. It's full of street performers, junk food and it's dirty. The beach itself is great through.

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    My favourite place in LA

    by Reviled Written Aug 21, 2007

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    Even though the smog was really getting to me and you very rarely see sun in the mornings (its there somewhere) Venice Beach was my absolute most favourite place in LA, its amazing, all of the stalls and shops are great with some really awesome bargains, including heaps of things that you just dont get in NZ, which is allways cool! There are allways heaps of people having a good time or just relaxing in the warm weather.

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    Rollerblading in Venice

    by jhoolko Written May 16, 2007

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    Ok, so it sounds corny and waaay too typically touristy, but it is so much fun! The boardwalk is very smooth and flat, so it's very easy and you can skate forever, even with little experience. I would even say that it is safe for young kids. This is rollerblading at its easiest and best, but if you're still uncomfortable, rent a bike or one of the recumbant gizmos they have available up and down the boardwalk. It's a great way to soak in that world famous L.A. lifestyle, and Venice Beach is ridiculous. It literally looks like every scene out of a movie that shows a southern California beach. There are vendors, performers, beautiful people in bathing suits, weird people, food cooking, people playing volleyball, it's almost a joke how L.A. it is. I would even recommend it to other locals. Rentals (Skates and a Helmet) should set you back somewhere between 8 and 12 dollars for a good amount of skating time. Plus it's a great workout. And you get a tan!

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    Main St., Venice

    by jhoolko Written May 16, 2007

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    For a really lovely night out, head down to Main Street in Venice. The street is lined with trees full of sparkling white lights and has tons of restaurants to suit any taste. Great place for a date or a girl's night out. Expect to pay a little more, but if you're looking for quaint ambiance, it could be worth it.

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    Venice Beach

    by MarioPortugal Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    Venice Beach - California
    I Love this place !!! It's definitely unique :)
    I have visited Venice beach twice. One in August 1999 and the other in August 2004.
    -Mário-

    ----- quote from www.laparks.org -----
    "You haven't seen it all until you've seen Venice! There is a sandy three-mile beach here, but that is not what attracts visitors. You go to Venice to shop and gawk".

    A few interesting websites:

    * http://www.venicebeach.com/
    * http://www.laparks.org/venice/venice.htm
    * http://www.earthcam.com/usa/california/venicebeach/
    * http://www.californiabeachimages.com/

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    Those for looking for a different, lively beach

    by WanderingFinn Written Feb 17, 2007

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    Venice Beach is a different beach; when in L.A. it is a must. It is not only for windsurfers, rollerskaters or sunbathers; something is always happening by the beach. It is a very colourful place, and you meet very different and special types of people.

    Lots of street artists gather here, especially when the evening comes. Daytime the beach is more quiet.

    Lots people sell different kinds of things from RayBan sunglasses to cheap souvenirs.

    The way nearest the ocean is named the "Ocean Front Walk"; it is long and you can walk or rollerskate all the way to Santa Monica by the ocean.

    Please note: watch out, also daytime, for pickpocketing. Evenings take good care of your valuables and handbag. The area is full of people from the end to another and you cannot trust anyone.

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    Roller Blade Bliss or people watching fun

    by Edla Written Dec 11, 2006

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    The infamous Venice Beach is a bit overrated, but if you enjoy roller blading and people watching it's the ideal place. There are also cute little shops and amazing artists and some weird and wonderful street performers.

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    A must-do

    by epiCurator Written Sep 21, 2006

    Venice Beach is pretty hyped up, but it's actually quite a nice beach to visit. There's enough to keep you occupied for a couple of hours -- check out the markets that are always there, watch the beefcakes working out at the outdoor gym, relax with a snack ... and people-watch! The people in LA are some of the most ... uhhh, unique, I suppose! It's great fun watching the diversity of locals and tourists walking or rollerblading by. It's also beautiful at sunset -- we didn't actually swim, but just wandered along with boardwalk and looked out at the gorgeous sun setting over the Pacific.

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    Colorful Characters Welcome

    by mwenn2100 Updated Jun 16, 2006

    This is one more thing that no trip to LA would be complete without. Again, parking is crazy so take what you can find and if nothing is close to where you want to be... park farther away and walk the sidewalk along the beach.

    Anything you could ever possibly want and/or every crazy thing you could imagine can probably be found on the Promenade along Venice Beach. The pedestrian (and cyclist and skateborder) only Promenade is lined on one side with people selling crystals, painting characatures, begging for money, offering to take your picture with an alien (for a price) and the other side is lined with restaurants and shops. It's a fun afternoon to just walk the length (which is VERY long) and just take it all in. There is an outdoor beach gym, a section with walls that feature grafitti artists, public restrooms, breakdancers and just very random people and things. I admit that a few times I did double takes not believing the things I was seeing. Although it was horrible I also saw the coroner taking a dead body wrapped in a sheet out of one of the homes along the Promenade. What an experience Venice Beach is!

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    Venice Beach, LA

    by SurfingLuvr Written May 9, 2006

    Venice Beach is a great place to see great people and do really good people watching. It is really famous for being a "muscle" beach. I really enjoyed Venice Beach even though the water was kind of cold when I went at the end of April but it has nice little stores on the boardwalk.

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  • Venice Beach - spend a Sunday here

    by LA-Girl Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    Venice Beach is a must-see on a visit to Los Angeles. It's a great place to spend a day.

    The beach is fun, and there's a scenic bike path along the beach for skaters and cyclists which leads past Santa Monica Beach up to the Pacific Palisades. You can rent a bike, skates or roller-blades at the beach. If you're there on a Sunday, you can watch the roller-dancers at play at the Skate Dance circle.

    Ocean Front Walk at Venice is lined with curio shops and street performers of all kinds. There are singers, dancers, mimes, jugglers and more all over. Muscle Beach is an outdoor gym, where muscle-bound weightlifters strut their stuff. The entire atmosphere is offbeat and laid-back. There's a feeling that anything goes.

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    Venice Beach - one of the funnest beaches around

    by USCgirlie Written Mar 28, 2006

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    Venice Beach is a ton of fun, as it has an extremely funky atmosphere. It has everything from tattoo stores to street performers to portrait artists, along with surfers and beachgoers. However, though it is a beach, most people go for the atmosphere - you will see mimes, musicians, jugglers, and acrobats in addition to the loads of funky stores that surround the beach. There is also the famous Muscle Beach there, where bodybuilders show off their extraordinary strength and people watch! It's especially great on the weekends.

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    Venice Beach/Santa Monica

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    This is probably the most famous beach in the world. It's also a world class freak show. The best and worst of LA hang out at this beach and even if you are not a beach person this is a very interesting place for people watching.

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    The Real Venice, California

    by tpal Updated Oct 30, 2005

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    Probably like a lot of people, I don't often think about how places got their names. Venice, California is one town I should have wondered about. I had been to this Venice before but never wandered far from the famously "honky-tonk" Venice Beach strip. Interesting, but not really my cup of tea. Not until I happened on an article in National Geographic Traveler did I realize that Venice is Venice because like its more famous name sake...it has canals!

    Thanks to dreamer and entrepreneur Abbot Kinney, southern California became home to its own Venice complete with gondolas (at least until the stock market crash in 1929). In 1905 he drained the marshland (undoubtedly an environmental no-no today) and dug a network of canals to create a sort of early "Disney" Venetian resort and amusement park.

    Tough times, neglect and lack of interest resulted in most of the canals being filled in and the buildings falling into serious disrepair. Fifteen or so years ago the origins of Venice, California were rediscovered and a conversion began, reclaiming the potential of this "secret" enclave.

    Carol and I had just visited Venice, Italy the year before so our interest in comparing the two was obvious. What we found was not Italian but decidedly Californian...but no less intriguing and charming. Only four canals remain off a single main branch but they are beautifully restored and present a wonderfully creative assemblage of homes.

    So after you've had your fill of street entertainers, craft booths and the crowds along the beach...take a stroll along the canals of the real Venice, California.

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