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Venice Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Venice Beach which includes picnicing and a city as well as a large group of people

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.

Top Hotels Close to Venice Beach

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$5,427 per night from May 17 to May 17
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,202 reviews)
"I like that it was on the beach."

Reviewed on 2021/5/4

Venice Breeze Suites
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$5,622 per night from May 18 to May 18
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (972 reviews)
"Great spot. Will stay here again."

Reviewed on 2021/5/14

Hotel Erwin
Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$4,448 per night from May 16 to May 16
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 ...
3.8/5Good! (963 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on 2021/5/13

Air Venice on the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Venice Beach

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$5,427 per night from May 17 to May 17
Venice Breeze Suites
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$5,622 per night from May 18 to May 18
Hotel Erwin
Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$4,448 per night from May 16 to May 16
Air Venice on the Beach
Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach
1.5 out of 5
25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA
The price is NT$2,937 per night from May 31 to May 31
Samesun Venice Beach
Venice V Hotel
Venice V Hotel
2.5 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
The price is NT$7,348 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
Venice V Hotel
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is NT$5,008 per night from May 17 to May 17
Venice Suites
Su Casa at Venice Beach
Su Casa at Venice Beach
3.5 out of 5
431 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA
The price is NT$5,285 per night from May 18 to May 18
Su Casa at Venice Beach
Wavecrest Walk Street by Onefinestay
Wavecrest Walk Street by Onefinestay
4 out of 5
117 Wavecrest Ave Venice, Venice, CA
Wavecrest Walk Street by Onefinestay
Artists Bungalow Modern Eco Indoor Outdoor Living
Artists Bungalow Modern Eco Indoor Outdoor Living
3 out of 5
1003 Main Street, Venice, CA
Artists Bungalow Modern Eco Indoor Outdoor Living
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.