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“Shall we say...interesting!”
Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles
Ranked #37 of 564 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.
North Bay, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Shall we say...interesting!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I was a little skeptical about going after I read some of the negative reviews - especially from people with children. I really didn't know what to expect and wondered if I should bring my kids here (12 and 15). I have to say we really enjoyed the atmosphere and went back a few times - we biked from Santa Monica Pier through here, shopped, and ate around the corner from the Venice walkway. There was good touristy shops and local artists, etc. that you can get some interesting things from. I found a shop nearing one end of it and I bought some nice clothing for work. I was surprised to find a store like this. There are a few bikini shops with a zillion bathing suits crammed together if you are looking for some. They were just making the set for "American Ninja Warrior" there as well. There are some strange characters around for sure, homeless people (never bothered though) and the smell of pot is everywhere. Some are noticeably high. The Muscle Beach area was fun to watch guys working out and there were some other sports going on. Yes, it is a little dirty along the strip. The beach itself looked fine but we didn't walk all the way down to the water - we were just there to look around. If you want a little culture, enjoy people watching, and are in the mood for some mild, free entertainment - check it out. But I do not think it is for everyone.

Visited March 2014
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South Ockendon, United Kingdom
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“A relaxing stroll”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

The boardwalk has a huge range of shops/stalls with all sorts of things to buy. The beach is huge, muscle beach easily accessible and other activities for the energetic. Murals capture the history of the area and are quite spectacular.

Visited August 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Real beachfront community”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Venice Beach was on our list of must sees when visiting LA and we weren't disappointed. OK there are a few homeless people but they kept themselves to themselves and I can think of far worse place to be homeless.
The Beach was fine and safe to swim in with alternating areas for swimmers and surfers.
Along the promenade there is a cycle/skate/board path and all of these are available to hire. Plenty of shops, stalls, food outlets, the iconic muscle beach and some great street entertainers. The whole place seemed safe and was hassle free.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great athmosphere”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Loved the place. Very relaxed, great for young people that want to chill. Loads of different things going on.

Visited September 2013
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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“Fun but dirty”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

The beach in Venice has a lot to do, but the smell of urine everywhere gets old. It's fun to watch the skaters and the weight lifters, shop for souvenirs, and eat at the stalls and restaurants on the beach. I just can't get over the grit though, especially when you can go to nearby Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach which are both much cleaner and have cheaper parking. Still worth a trip to see such an iconic part of LA, just don't go barefoot. Plus, the neighborhoods in Venice are nice and worth exploring. Spend an hour on the beach, then go see the canals and art galleries.

Visited August 2014
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