Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Look, I'm from the UK, been to L.A. 5 times in the last 10 years (last visit Sept 2011) so can speak of back then and now. For anyone who has not been before, you need the following - a car, sat nav, cash for the great shops and restaurants, sunglasses, quarters for the parking meters, single dollars for the valet parking, a good camera and sun tan lotion (even in January!). Look, would you would through some parts of London, Paris or NYC at 2am with your camera and i-phone? Exactly....day time in areas worth seeing like Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Weho etc, Venice all perfectly safe, if somebody asks you for a cigarette and you have one..then give them one..throw a homeless person some change...they usually won't ask you for any. Night time in Santa Monica, very safe and bussling. You will get used to homeless people, they don't even approach you. Common sense is the best tip..ok nobody really walks anywhere or uses the subway so a car is the Number One tip, the place is huge..the other tip is with sat nav of course, you cannot og wrong. At night, if e have been to Bev Hills we will drive home along a major boulevard all the way back.....Enjoy, it;s amazing!
Look i been living in Los Angeles all my life and had the privilege to have lived throughout the major city especially East LA,south central,west LA...etc Go and visit these areas they are rich in culture and you will be amazed how tranquil these areas are in comparison to Hollywood bl. or Venice boardwalk go east and visit the many cultures that make this city thrive what it is today. Dont let someone that has no clue on what they are telling you whats safe or unsafe dictate your trip to this beautiful city!!!
Deadliest stretch in America for years. I would advise against places like Nickerson Gardens, Jordan downs, etc...avoid Compton, some parts are decent but most are very bad. Venice beach at late night isnt safe. At one point Culver City Boys gang was the deadliest gang in LA. There would be murders all up and down venice blvd and near the beach believe it or not, that was in like 96'
Not commonly known as a gang related,drug infested area but Venice is,especially the interior from Lincoln Avenue to Pacific Avenue.the Yuppies there refuse to admit it or allow any bad press mainly because most have small shacks for which they paid a fortune. I travel all over the City and I'm intimate with all the good and bad areas.Venice,tops the list. You need someone to cover you after dark to get to and from your house to your car.Don't even think about taking walk along the boardwalk after dark unless you have a death wish.Think I am lying? Next time you drive through Venice,check out the women that are walking.If they are not accompanied by a man then they have a substantial dog with them.Get out of your car and walk a couple of blocks in the early morning,which is before the riffraff comes alive and look at the terror in the eyes of those walking,assuming they make eye contact.To all you saps that bought what is basically an outhouse over the past 5 years in Venice...HA,Ha,HA.
After stumbling upon this site and reading a handful of "Chicken Little" warnings regarding Los Angeles and the level of safety one can expect when visiting this city, I felt compelled to offer my opinion...I grew up in the midwest, moved to LA seven years ago from Arizona, have lived in Hollywood, the west side, Venice Beach, and West Hollywood...And I've visited just about every area around LA County and I must say this: Out of all the potential threats that exist in this metropolis, there are two that warrant concern...1) The LAPD might be understaffed and poorly trained, but the bottom line is they are notorious for over-reacting, behaving unprofessionally and discriminating against minorities. The LA County Sheriff''s Dept seem to be less confrontational, but barely. Because I work at night in Hollywood, you'd think watching my back for muggers, etc, would be a priority. Ironically, it's the cops that make me the most nervous. And I'm a law abiding citizen. 2) Every threat of violence -- whether implied or voiced -- during my time in LA has come from a fellow driver...From being flipped the bird, to being run off the road, to being threated w/ gun-to-the-head gestures as well as one driver showing me his gun, the most dangerous people in this town are road-ragers. (see: "Crash") And just because you haven't done anything (cutting another off, etc) doesn't matter...Because of the congestion and freeways, ordinary people often turn into homicidal maniacs behind the wheel and don't hesitate to let you know how far they'll take things...
Venice Beach is real nice during the day, but be aware that it is potentially very dangerous at night.