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Venice Beach

Bronze your body and rub shoulders with body builders and wacky performers at Los Angeles’ quirky urban shoreline, a colorful escape from the city.

Surf, sun and sand take a backseat to the loud and lively human carnival on parade along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. There’s never a dull moment for people-watching in this sun-drenched bohemian enclave of artists, musicians, poets, singers, skateboarders and jugglers. From chain-sawing acrobats to fire-breathing cyclists, you’ll find Los Angeles at its most ostentatious, eccentric and unrestrained. Just remember to tip performers if you watch most of their show or take their photograph.

While you make your way along the boardwalk’s 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) stretch, browse the stalls, shops and stands laden with souvenirs, trinkets, cheap sunglasses, T-shirts and sandals. Have your fortune read or get a temporary tattoo.

Further along the boardwalk is Muscle Beach, best known as the place where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (of Incredible Hulk fame) once flexed their pecs and biceps. At this outdoor gym you’ll see the toned and tanned pump iron while acrobats bend, twist and contort their bodies into eye-watering shapes. You can join them. Just buy a day pass (about $10) at the Venice Beach Recreations and Parks Office on Ocean Front Walk and then take your place to work out in front of the passing crowds.

Peel your eyes away from the vivid and flamboyant spectacles and head to the beach, a three-mile stretch of well-maintained and manicured sand. The water is patrolled during daylight hours, so you can dive in if you want to do more than soak up the rays on the sand. Rent surf or body boards and catch some waves, but be mindful of other riders.

LA’s Mediterranean climate makes Venice Beach a good place to be for most of the year; however, it is incredibly crowded in the summer. It is around 19 miles (30 kilometers) from downtown LA on the coast between Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey. There are plenty of city parking lots next to the beach.


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Air Venice on the Beach NT$3,430
Air Venice on the Beach

Air Venice on the Beach

5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Venice, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Beach. Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Muscle Beach Venice are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hotel Erwin NT$5,338
    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 and Venice Beach. Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Santa Monica Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Venice Breeze Suites NT$4,545
      Venice Breeze Suites

      Venice Breeze Suites

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

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

        Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel NT$12,147
        Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

        Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

        1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade are also within 10 minutes. Downtown Santa Monica Station is 8 minutes by foot and 17th Street/SMC Station is 26 minutes.

          Samesun Venice Beach NT$2,572
          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 15-minute walk of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Venice Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica College are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot NT$5,563
            JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

            JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

            1740 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade are also within 10 minutes. Downtown Santa Monica Station is 9 minutes by foot and 17th Street/SMC Station is 27 minutes.

              Venice Beach Waldorf
              Venice Beach Waldorf

              Venice Beach Waldorf

              5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

                Venice Beach Vacation Condos
                Venice Beach Vacation Condos

                Venice Beach Vacation Condos

                52 Paloma Court, Venice, CA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Santa Monica Pier and Los Angeles Forum are also within 12 mi (20 km).