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Address: Los Angeles, CA 90291
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.

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Waves, palms, sand...It's a perfect area to walk or ride a bike. I rode through the bike lane until Santa Monica and was the best idea ever. It's such an amazing experience and... read more

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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Would recommend going here both in sunset but maybe also during the day. It's a beautiful view, some fun but touristy shops and a bunch of weird people. Rent a bike or just walk by the beach. Maybe watch the people at the outdoor gym. It's a must to go down to Venice beach while in LA.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 486 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite the rantings about homeless people, panhandlers, 'grass' scent in the air, it s recommended for 1st time overseas travellers to LA to get a whiff of LA culture shock (skid row is another!) Lots of eye openers including wall arts and legalised medicinal pot shops, sand mermaid. lots of tacky souvenir shops too The pumping iron arena ($10 for... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I rented a motor scooter for $40 for an hr. because of the speed I only needed an hr with it. The boardwalk was just so amazing. the sand was clean and the water was beautiful. the gyro was to die for

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hit Venice Beach on my first day, after a 10 hours+ flight, jet lag and several hours awake already but it was worth every step. Just pure chilled, relaxed, lovely atmosphere all around from the Venice Canals to Santa Monica Pier.

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Thank Fiorels
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No way!!! Beautiful experience in front of the Pacific Ocean. Huge beach, beautiful sunsets and a lot of fun and people. Take a look around after the sunset, so much people stoned here!! Enjoy!!!

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Anzegem, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here on a Wednesday morning and it was just perfect. The sidewalk holds place for a lot of typical shops, bars, artist and so on. Perfect place to enjoy the sun and do some people watching!

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Tenerife, Spain
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Waves, palms, sand...It's a perfect area to walk or ride a bike. I rode through the bike lane until Santa Monica and was the best idea ever. It's such an amazing experience and Santa Monica it's a must seen.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Found Venice Beach smelly, seedy, grubby and very unappealing. Enjoyed watching the skateboarders but that's it.

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Newark, Delaware USA
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Filthy dirty and filled with homeless people selling trash as art. I guess you either like it our you don't. I didn't.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Venice Beach is not as notorious as it once was, having lived in an apt. right on the boardwalk, but has lost nothing in terms of notoriety. Why they call it a boardwalk I don't know. It's asphalt. With the influx of Silicon Valley companies and upwardly mobile employees, Venice has morphed from trendy hippie enclave to trendy yuppyville, now... More 

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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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