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Venice Beach

Tacky and wacky by turns, this sun-drenched strip of sand is a favourite playground for city-weary Angelenos.

If you’re looking for unspoilt views and tranquil ocean walks, Venice Beach is not the place for you. If, on the other hand, you crave some zany company and don’t mind being dazzled by outrageous outfits and flamboyant attention seekers, there’s no place on earth you’ll love more!

The boardwalk along Venice Beach, 2.4 kilometres of beachfront hedonism, is a constant parade of muscle men, drag queens and botoxed starlets. Skateboarders narrowly miss head-on collisions with jugglers and fire-eaters, musicians and poets perform self-penned masterpieces to anyone that will stand still long enough to listen, and street entertainers try to catch the eye of passers-by in the hope of earning a tip.

The human traffic competes for space on the boardwalk with stalls and shops selling a colourful cornucopia of trinkets, souvenirs, clothes and leather goods. Buy some quirky shades or a hand-printed t-shirt, get your hair braided or your body inked with a temporary tattoo, then check out the glistening bodies on Muscle Beach, where Arnie and “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno used to flex their pecs. If you fancy joining in with the acrobats and iron-pumpers, you can buy a day pass for around $10 (approximately €7.50) from the Venice Beach Recreations and Parks Office on Ocean Front Walk. Don’t forget you’ll be working out in full view of passers-by, so make sure you feel comfortable with this idea before parting with your cash.

Swimming might seem like the last thing people come to Venice Beach for, but the stretch of sandy beach is well maintained and the water is patrolled during daylight hours. You can rent a surfboard or a bodyboard to ride the waves, but even the ocean gets crowded here, so keep a watchful eye out for other riders at all times.

Summer is the busiest time at Venice Beach, but at other times of the year the Mediterranean climate makes it a popular place to shake off the city dust. It’s around 30 kilometres from central LA between Santa Monica and Marina Del Ray, and there is plenty of parking available all along the beach.

Popular Activities at Venice Beach

Want to be certain to make the most of your time here? We've put together a list of popular activities that will help:

Have a look at our Venice things to do page to find many more activities in the area.


Guide to Exploring Venice Beach


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Hotel Erwin €264
Hotel Erwin

Hotel Erwin

1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Venice, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach and Muscle Beach Venice. Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Venice Breeze Suites €244
    Venice Breeze Suites

    Venice Breeze Suites

    2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 15 minutes.

      Samesun Venice Beach €153
      Samesun Venice Beach

      Samesun Venice Beach

      25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA
         
        1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Venice, this beach hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica College are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        1101 Ocean Front Walk
        1101 Ocean Front Walk

        1101 Ocean Front Walk

        1101 Ocean front Walk, Venice, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 15 minutes.

          Cadillac Hotel €132
          Cadillac Hotel

          Cadillac Hotel

          8 Dudley Avenue, Venice, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Venice, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 15 minutes.

            1101 Ocean Front Walk
            1101 Ocean Front Walk

            1101 Ocean Front Walk

            Ocean Front Walk 1101, Venice, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 15 minutes.

              1101 Ocean Front Walk
              1101 Ocean Front Walk

              1101 Ocean Front Walk

              Ocean Front Walk 1101, Venice, California
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 15 minutes.

                1101 Ocean Front Walk
                1101 Ocean Front Walk

                1101 Ocean Front Walk

                Ocean Front Walk 1101, Venice, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 15 minutes.