Venice Beach

Venice Beach which includes picnicing and a city as well as a large group of people
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Venice Beach

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $314 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 3.5-star beach apartment in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,356 reviews)
"Great location to beach. Nice view. Nice rooms. Very strict about check in time. Quite a bit of noise in the area. Large population of homeless in the area. Good location for beach, shopping and dining."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice V Hotel
Venice V Hotel
3 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $325 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and valet parking. Popular attractions Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (87 reviews)
"Beach not as quiet as the picture lets you believe, this area is quite animated and view not as direct on the beach but very nice room and hotel, at the heart of Venice Beach"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Venice V Hotel
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $347 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Nice views. We liked the rooftop area. Good vibes"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Hotel Erwin
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.

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Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Kimpton La Peer Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Galleria Park Hotel

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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, 90291
The price is $199 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Air Venice on the Beach
Venice V Hotel
Venice V Hotel
3 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $325 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Venice V Hotel
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $347 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Hotel Erwin
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $314 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $269 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 5
Venice Suites
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $412 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Sea Shore Motel
Sea Shore Motel
2.5 out of 5
2637 Main St., Santa Monica, CA, 90405
The price is $211 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Sea Shore Motel
Marriott Marina del Rey
Marriott Marina del Rey
3.5 out of 5
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
The price is $299 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Marriott Marina del Rey
Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey
Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey
3 out of 5
4200 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
The price is $238 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey
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.