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This is one of my absolute favorite beach spots because you get a great view of the surfers and, if you look to the south, you often get a great view of all of the planes taking off from LAX—you get steady entertainment. Being somewhat...More
This thing is kind of a dump. Smells like dead fish and urine. Trash everywhere. There are a lot of people fishing off the side, even though there are signs saying the fish is probably contaminated. Lots of homeless people hanging around.
I guess worth...More
We only explored a little way up the Pier but it is a nice extension to any walk around the Venice area. A little less busy than the boardwalk and free of bikes it affords nice views back along the sand in both directions. Lots...More
If you like to fish, this is a great place to go. The pier is made for it. No benches or stuff for visitors, though. Bring your own, if you want. Can view surfers and folks enjoying the beach - also view the never ending...More
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.