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Navigating Venice Beach

Explore this quirky yet enchanting beach town on foot and by car
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  People from all over the world flock here to hang out at funky Venice Beach. It's a casual, trendy community with great beaches,... more »

Tips:  Parking is available at the beach at the end of Venice Boulevard. Seasonal rates range from $8-$12. Find more parking lots between... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Venice Ocean Front Walk

Begin your outing by parking in the Venice Beach lot (unless you get lucky and find free street parking). Bring your camera and sun screen, and get ready to explore Venice Beach.

There's no better place to get an up-close look at Venice life than the Venice boardwalk. It's about two miles from Venice to the Santa Monica Pier, but it's not... More

2. J's Rentals (bikes)

Rent beach cruisers for $6 an hour or $20 a day. Find the shop just a few steps from the boardwalk near Speedway between Market Street and Windward Avenue.
1501 Ocean Front Walk
310) 392-7306
10am-sunset daily

The Sidewalk Cafe is a great place to enjoy a meal while people watching. With its red-and-white awning, the cafe is easy to find and offers California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices.
Sidewalk Cafe
Ocean Front Walk
Daily 8am-11pm

As you walk along the boardwalk, duck inside this cool eatery featuring the artwork of local muralist Rip Cronks. His 40-foot-wide mural depicts Venice's last 100 years.

In addition, the place is filled with historic photos and artifacts, including an original gondola from 1904. The cool, dark interior is outfitted with a stylish curved bar and ... More

You're at the beach! Be sure to make time for an exhilirating dip in the ocean and lounging on the warm sand. If you bought a skim board, here's a great place to test it out.

If you're visiting in summer, you may see more than 100 kids ages 9-17 swimming in the ocean and practicing life-saving maneuvers as part of the junior lifeguard program.... More

Back in your car, drive to Washington Boulevard (catch it at Venice Pier), go to Dell Avenue and turn left. Dell is a one-way street that runs north to Venice Boulevard. The canal streets are between Washington and Venice boulevards. There are four canals that run east and west, and two that run north to south.

The streets are narrow and there's ... More

7. Abbot Kinney District

From the canals, drive to the nearby Abbot Kinney shopping area, a hip five-block shopping district named after the founder of Venice. This is a pleasant shopping and dining section of Venice. It's a nice way to end your beach day in Venice.

Look for spaces along Venice Boulevard, west of Lincoln Boulevard and along Main Street. Additional... More

There's a bike path that parallels the boardwalk between Venice and Santa Monica. Several bike rental shops are located on and near the boardwalk.

There are a few beach-front hotels that fit the bill for great views, whether you choose to spend the night or not.

A fun choice is Hotel Erwin, part of the Joie de Vivre boutique line, located 200 steps from the sand. The hotel's High Rooftop Lounge is perfect for ocean and people watching. High serves cocktails, wine, beer and light fare such... More