Venice Beach is easily the most entertaining part of Los Angeles and perhaps all of California. It is focal point for tourists because it has everything you could need to have an enjoyable vacation. There are a variety of entertainers, shops, boutiques, art shows, fun rides, and colorful personalities. It has been referred to as the Coney Island of the Pacific, but it’s really so much more.
Whether you’re visiting for a week or just a few hours, there’s always enough to do in Venice Beach to keep you busy. As a matter of fact, if you don’t have a plan, then you could easily miss out on half of the excitement. Here’s a breakdown of some of the coolest and most entertaining parts of Venice Beach.
The Venice Beach Boardwalk.
If there is one thing that really sets Venice Beach apart from the surrounding area it’s the boardwalk. The Venice Ocean Front Walk is one of the most diversified strips of land in the entire country. Spend five minutes walking down the boardwalk and you’ll likely see something you’ve never seen before in your life. There are dancers, singers, magicians, fortune tellers, performers, and even snake charmers.
If you enjoy people watching, then you could spend an entire day simply strolling the concrete walkway. There are people everywhere from all walks of life and everyone seems to be entertained. When you aren’t watching the people you can step to the side into one of the many specialty shops and boutiques that line the boardwalk.
Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Named after the developer who founded Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Blvd. was once named the coolest block in all of America. It is a rare collection of small shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and galleries. It was originally known as West Washington Blvd and there was very little “cool” about it, but much of that changed in the 80’s.
If you love shopping, then you absolutely must pay Abbot Kinney a visit. It has some of the best shops you can find in all of California. Clothes to match every style are readily available as well as shoes, collectibles, surf equipment, and everything else you could imagine all located on one block.
Of course, you can’t visit Venice Beach without actually taking the time to visit the beach. It is one of the best beaches in all of Los Angeles sprawling 75 miles of coastline. It’s a famous surf spot that surfers travel from across the country to visit. There’s an artificial barrier constructed by Abbot Kinney that causes waves to break on both sides, which allows for some pretty fun and unique surfing experiences.
If you’ve never been surfing, fret not. There are several surfing lessons offered around the clock throughout most of the year. There are classes for beginners and intermediate surfers. You could visit Venice for vacation and walk away having learned how to surf.
See It For Yourself.
The best way to enjoy Venice Beach is to actually visit and see it all for yourself. Have an idea of what you plan on doing or you could become overwhelmed by possibilities. Check out our LA resources page for great ideas and local Los Angeles businesses.