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Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Address: Los Angeles, CA 90291
Phone Number:
888 52-72757
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to...

Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to skateboarders, you will see it all here.

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the vibe is amazing

I was amazed by how different is this place. A local friend told me that this the same thing as Santa Monica, not even a little bit! the vibe is totally different, as well as the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Wayzata, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I guess if you want to submerge yourself in the toilet bowl of LA this is the place. It is run down, for sure not safe at night and is a mecca for homeless down and out people. The smell and smoke of pot is everywhere, very profusive! Well that's no surpise since you can see people openly smoking. Hey,... More 

Thank tessalovestravel
Burlington, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I wast most excited about the boradwalk when traveling to California and boy was it a huge let down. It is EXTREMELY dirty and filled with rude sales people. Of course you expect some things you should or could leave a tip for, but this was way different. When you walk they hassle you to buy stuff or even to... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited during a Hollywood tour. There was a film crew at Venice beach when we got there. We had lunch here with our tour, but we're glad to leave. Some sketchy characters here. No longer the days of body builders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are better places in SoCal to visit and walk about.

Thank mariedesjardins
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was amazed by how different is this place. A local friend told me that this the same thing as Santa Monica, not even a little bit! the vibe is totally different, as well as the place. The only thing they have in common is the beach! Cheap parking for $7 but there's a long line, we found a parking... More 

1 Thank Maria A
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful walk along the water. Lots of restaurants where you can sit and be right on the water! Lots of activity along the water with roller skaters, bicyclists, etc.

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Venice Beach is far from just any beach. This is a place where you can sit on the boardwalk and be entertained all day! It seems to attract (and has forever) non-conformists from all walks of life, whether you choose to wear a suit and tie or just a thong everyone seems to fit in here and no one seems... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Lot of tourist shops and restaurants and street performers. We came here to see Muscle Beach. It was a great place to come. Lots to see and do.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Venice Beach is great for enjoying views of the water and checking out the beach front mod architecture (including Frank Gehry's Norton House--you will know it when you see it because, well, it's crazy). Be prepared for local flavor, though, including encampments of beach residents, skateboarders, and that faint sniff of patchouli plus whatever. For decent coffee for your stroll,... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very rundown area ocupied by hundreds of tramps livingin makeshift accomodation. The shopping area is reasonable but there are travellers everywhere with shopping trollies filled with all their belongings. Don't know how safe it would be at night when they all return to collect their stuff.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is never a dull moment when walking the Venice Boardwalk. It is entertaining but can get crowded on the weekends and be aware of getting caught up in the crowds.

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Venice has always danced to its own beat as the epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along the boardwalk there are street performers and local craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings, souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders do their tricks around the skate park. All of it happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
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