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Venice Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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

Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$4,085 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"Location was great. Boswell was a very nice, helpful gentleman who kindly upgraded our room to a suite for free! Rooftop lounge and nearby restaurants are closed for dine in due to covid. However the pizzeria at the hotel is open and delicious! Definitely would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/12

Hotel Erwin
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$3,924 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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! (1,154 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly and helpful.The suite was okay, but had hard time finding parking spot even it wasn’t weekend."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/2

Venice Breeze Suites
Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$3,083 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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! (987 reviews)

"Liked the ocean view from the room. Disliked the multiple homeless people living right on the beach close to the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/4

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.

Reviews of Venice Beach

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1576
5 - Excellent 43.81428968584932%
4 - Good
1358
4 - Good 37.753683625243255%
3 - Okay
482
3 - Okay 13.400055601890465%
2 - Disappointing
118
2 - Disappointing 3.2805115373922713%
1 - Terrible
63
1 - Terrible 1.7514595496246872%

4/5 - Good

Raquelle

Mar 7, 2020

Venice Beach Not Much of a Fan of as I am ,Marina Del Rey & Santa Monica.... Worth the Trip

1/5 - Terrible

ChazMarie

Mar 4, 2020

Venice has changed over the years, homeless tent cities abound and there is pot everywhere, not terrible if that's your preference, but I was really uncomfortable and would be even more uncomfortable bringing my children there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

For those who may be a free spirit and enjoy being in an eclectic environment, Venice Beach is the place!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Rent a bike at Santa Monica Pier for a short ride to the beach.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

residential area is charming and quiet. Commercial area full of hustlers, graffiti "artists," homeless encampments. Sometimes a bit scary, and I am from NYC!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Good place to people watch. Big beach area.

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Best Lodging Options Near Venice Beach

Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$4,085 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hotel Erwin
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$3,924 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Venice Breeze Suites
Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NT$3,083 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Air Venice on the Beach
Jamaica Bay Inn
Jamaica Bay Inn
3.5 out of 5
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA
The price is NT$4,502 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Jamaica Bay Inn
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is NT$3,643 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Venice Suites
Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach
1.5 out of 5
25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA
The price is NT$2,662 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Samesun Venice Beach
Venice Beach Waldorf
Venice Beach Waldorf
2.5 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
Venice Beach Waldorf
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$3,001 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Su Casa at Venice Beach
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
4 out of 5
52 Paloma Court, Venice, CA
The price is NT$2,214 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
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.