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“A flea market in Tijuana would be nicer”
Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los...
Ranked #73 of 602 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is Venice Beach? What a dump. If you like cheap, funky t-shirts, carnival food and pot then this is for you. This isn't the place to bring kids unless you don't care about them. The beach itself and the bike path and skatepark is nice but that's all. There's homeless people everywhere smoking their pot and have mini villages set up on the grass.They don't really bother anyone but it just looks so bad. There's medical marijuana shops galore with the smell of pot everywhere.Cops just seem used to it and turn the other way.The food is cheap crappy carnival type stuff. The shops aren't even worthy of buying a overpriced postcard. There's also those annoying street performers who do silly stunts then demand money. The area is interesting for people watching, there's plenty of that. The only thing that looked like doing was going to the Freak Show.It's $5.00 to get in but we passed as we saw enough of that for free while walking around. We walked here from our hotel so I can't comment on parking. The best way to see Venice Beach is rent a bike and ride along the great bike path, and keep riding right past this area up to Santa Monica Pier where they care about the area.

5  Thank Aerowing
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Great place to people watch or shop, not so much for relaxing. Crowded, especially weekends and holidays. Get there early to find good parking and expect to pay for it. Most businesses near the beach or on the boardwalk don't have public restrooms. Public restrooms on the beach may have a waiting line. You will probably see street entertainers and people watching is free, but Venice Beach is a place where cash changes hands. Most everyone there is either there to pay to be entertained or to make money....nothing is really free. Also, most places on the boardwalk are cash only. That's cash only, no public restrooms...get the picture? Still, a really interesting place to shop and eat.

2  Thank Leah J
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Hire a bike and ride the path I wouldn't organise one before you get there just hire one on the day there is heaps to choose from the bike is the best way to cover the beach if you allow 4 hours you could make it to Santa Monica pier and back comfortably.

2  Thank Dion92
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Hired tandem bikes and spent the afternoon cycling. Very busy place. Fun nevertheless. Some really great graffiti art on the buildings. Great for people watching as all sorts here. Alot of homeless rather sad to see.

Saw Justin Beiber with his big bodyguard. Next couple of weeks when back in NZ saw pics of him in magazine from the day we spotted him.

Stunning beach. Fun day

Thank Wendy C
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This is an amazing place - full of artists, street performers, shops, eateries, sand, ocean views, walkers, skaters, skateboarders, bicyclists and you. See folks at Muscle Beach working out, get the feel of tinsel town want to be's, and purchase souvenirs to take home. ENJOY this favorite tourist location.

1  Thank PurrGrwl
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