Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Venice Beach is a destination for surfing and enjoying the sun year round. With a 2.5-mile, pedestrian-only promenade, it is also a destination for plenty of unique shops, bars, and restaurants. Aside from the shops, surfing, and swimming, bike rentals are available for an easy ride between Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Other attractions of the area include a skate park, a famous beach-side gym, the Venice Pier, and an extensive canal system.

Venice was originally named "Venice of America.” It was founded in 1905 as a beach resort town, and the several miles of canals were dug in order to drain the marshes in the area and make way for residential lots.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Expansive, sandy beach. Nearby amenities.

Cons

Big crowds at times.

Features

ADA accessible
Fishing
Historically significant
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Surfing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

11/22/2015
I'm loving exploring all that LA has to offer, and there is arguably no livelier a place than Venice Beach. Culture, artists, performers, tourists, hometown heroes and general exhibitionists. Certainly best to capture the heart of this unique spot on a weekend near sunset.
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