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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 andrub shoulders with body builders and wacky performers at Los Angeles’ quirkyurban shoreline, a colorful escape from the city.

Surf, sun and sandtake a backseat to the loud and lively human carnival on parade along theVenice Beach Boardwalk. There’s never a dull moment for people-watching in thissun-drenched bohemian enclave of artists, musicians, poets, singers,skateboarders and jugglers. From chain-sawing acrobats to fire-breathingcyclists, you’ll find Los Angeles at its most ostentatious, eccentric andunrestrained. Just remember to tip performers if you watch most of their showor take their photograph.

While you make yourway 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 andsandals. Have your fortune read or get a temporary tattoo.

Further along theboardwalk is Muscle Beach, best known as the place where Arnold Schwarzeneggerand 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 acrobatsbend, twist and contort their bodies into eye-watering shapes. You can jointhem. Just buy a day pass (about $10) at the Venice Beach Recreations and ParksOffice on Ocean Front Walk and then take your place to work out in front of thepassing crowds.

Peel your eyes awayfrom the vivid and flamboyant spectacles and head to the beach, a three-milestretch of well-maintained and manicured sand. The water is patrolled duringdaylight hours, so you can dive in if you want to do more than soak up the rayson the sand. Rent surf or body boards and catch some waves, but be mindful ofother 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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.

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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.

Top Hotels Close to Venice Beach

Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $109 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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! (965 reviews)
"I didn't like the parking situation. Upon arrival there was someone directing drivers to a parking lot on speedway. It gave the impression that this parking lot was affiliated with the hotel. The attendant was rude and not helpful. Better communication and directions upon arrival would have ..."

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

Air Venice on the Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $204 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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! (1,222 reviews)
"Loved the hotel itself, but the area appeared to be slightly run down and there was lots of homeless people right outside. Only steps from the beach and the rooftop views were beautiful! Grill on rooftop is out of service though which was kind of disappointing. Overall great room with a super cute ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $244 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
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! (978 reviews)
"Great stay!"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Hotel Erwin
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Best Lodging Options Near Venice Beach

Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $109 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Air Venice on the Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $204 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Venice Breeze Suites
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $244 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Hotel Erwin
Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach
1.5 out of 5
25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA
The price is $143 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Samesun Venice Beach
Venice V Hotel
Venice V Hotel
3 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
The price is $242 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Venice V Hotel
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is $189 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
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 $259 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Su Casa at Venice Beach
Luxe 3b3b by the Beach in Venice Walkscore 90!
Luxe 3b3b by the Beach in Venice Walkscore 90!
Venice, CA
Luxe 3b3b by the Beach in Venice Walkscore 90!
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
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.