Venice Beach, Los Angeles

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    People Watch

    by krissyM Written Aug 22, 2008

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    Venice beach is an interesting place. If you go often enough you start to notice the "regulars" that hang out there. There is a guy that walks around in a speedo with a couple of parrots on his shoulder. The crazy limbo guy with the disgustingly long toe nails and the guy that makes a dragon sand castle and doesn't want anyone to take pictures of his creation without giving him a couple of bucks. BTW, he makes the same same castle week after week.

    Regardless though, this place is an awesome place to go an people watch. There are tons of hippes selling incense, psychics wanting to tell your fortune and vendors selling some interesting things. Most of it is just junk though. But I have bought a couple of things here.

    It is definitey a "must see" when visiting LA. Make sure you go on the weekend. Things are pretty dead during the week.

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    Flowers in Venice

    by Maggies Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    Venice was the very first place I've seen in California and I was absolutelly amazed with the variety and colours of the flowers and other plants.
    There were huge splendidly blooming roses, the greenest bamboo, one of a kind red bottlebrush, star jasmine which has a gorgeous and very strong smell, araucarias and many others I don't even know the names of.

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    by grantravel Updated Sep 23, 2007

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    Our friends from LA took us down to Venice Beach for the afternoon. Firstly we had lunch at one of the many restaurants that are scattered along the promenade. Then we just leisurely made our way along the boardwalk all the way down to Muscle Beach gymnasium. Along the way we saw street performers and entertainers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, bike riders, basketball and beach volleyball courts, restaurants and plenty of souvenir shops (we bought some really cheap suitcases and a few souvenirs). We even saw a video shoot in progress for a Stacie Orrico film clip. And also witnessed another beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean (check out my photos). We were in no hurry but found that time went really quick. Before we knew it, it was getting dark, and it is well known that you don't want to hang around there when it gets dark, as it can be quite dangerous. During the day is fine though.

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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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    Venice Beach

    by windsorgirl Written Mar 18, 2004

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    Called the Worlds's Greatest Free Freak Show, Venice Beach is definitely worth a visit. Even in January the sun was shining and there were people walking or rollerblading along Ocean Park Walk. Here you will find sidewalk cafes, Tshirts galore, colourful murals, tall palm trees, art for sale, street performers and psychics. You can walk or cycle all the way to Santa Monica Pier from Venice Beach.

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    Venice Beach

    by Britannia2 Updated Jan 25, 2010

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    I must admit I do not share most peoples opinion of Venice Beach. Whereas most people seem to enjoy a trip here I found it more run down than vibrant and exciting. Interesting yes but not up to my pre - trip reading. The weather also closed in through our visit and I missed seeing the Venice canals other than a quick glance when running through the rain over a bridge.
    The buildings are run down along the main path but the beach and palm tree area between the path and beach is quite nice.
    I have never seen so many tee shirt shops and the other shops are a mix of cannabis medicinal practices , gift shops, souvenier shops and cafes.
    Parking is expensive at $15 and I am told the area is not safe at night.
    My own view is that I cannot recommend this attraction.

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  • Venice canals

    by boozerbomb Written Mar 16, 2009

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    Don't miss the canals if you're in Venice. They're beautiful, and just a short walk from the beach. If you walk east from the Venice beach pier on Washington Blvd., you will see the canals on the left. Beautiful homes, small foot bridges, lovely place to stroll. Grab yourself a coffee from the Cow's end and enjoy one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

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    Venice Beach Not as Fun on Winter Weekday

    by lisa_lise Written Dec 16, 2004

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    Still beautiful, but not as lively

    Since I was in LA on a business trip, the only time I could visit Venice Beach was a weekday morning. It seems a weekday morning in winter is the worst time to visit. There were not very many people out, but I still got an idea of the flavor of the place.

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    VENICE BEACH

    by MM212 Updated Mar 19, 2012

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    Officially part of the City of Los Angeles, Venice is a beach community nestled between the City of Santa Monica to the north and Marina del Rey (also part of the City of LA) to the south. It was founded in 1905 by a developer, Abbot Kinney, who dug out canals to drain the marches in the area for the construction of a beach resort he named "Venice of America." The main shopping area saw the construction of several buildings with arched porticoes that imitated the architecture of the real Venezia. The community became popular in the 1950s and 1960s as an artistic enclave, a reputation which has continued to the present day. Its distance from the business centers of Los Angeles has allowed the area to retain this artistic, laid back small town feel. It is definitely one of the must-see areas in Los Angeles, but one can love it or hate it, particularly if one only sees the beach and the Boardwalk. Therefore, one must take a walk inland to Abbot Kinney Road, the Canals and the surrounding areas to get a fuller picture of this area.

    Things to see:
    1- The Beach;
    2- The Venice Beach Boardwalk;
    3- Muscle Beach;
    4- The canals;
    5- Abbot Kinney Road, its shops & restaurants.

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    If you wanna meet crazy people

    by draguza Written Aug 9, 2005

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    Ever heard people in California are crazy?

    Well, it is true, especially if you visit Venice Beach, you'll notice in fact very weird people, it's like being in a movie

    Try to avoid going there at night and late in the evening, as gangs start to show up then

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  • A must do in Los Angeles...

    by jchav Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Venice Scavengers

    I live in Los Angeles and had no idea of the history of Venice Beach. A friend and I did this scavenger hunt and had a blast! The group that put it together is called, "Venice Scavengers" and these "hunts" are a cross between a guided tour and the t.v. show the Amazing race. You compete in teams of 2 (our group was about 16 people) and race around venice on bikes finding answers to the clues provided (20 total). The Clues had tidbits of venice history in the wording and was a great way to learn about its "Coney Island" like history along the scavenger hunt. We had a great time and told them we would help them spread the word...Thanks you guys!!! www.venicescavengers.com

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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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    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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    Muscle Beach

    by PartyRambo Written Oct 23, 2003

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    Muscle Beach, despite its name, is something of a pipsqueak in this land of the big, bold & beautiful...
    It's a small workout area in Venice Beach, characterized by the large concrete workout equipment shown in the photo.
    Nothing much was going on while I passed by, but I presume they stage competitions there, making it worth a look-see.

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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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