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Venice Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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 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

Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $187 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"Location was great. Boswell was a very nice, helpful gentleman who kindly upgraded our room to a suite for free! Rooftop lounge and nearby restaurants are closed for dine in due to covid. However the pizzeria at the hotel is open and delicious! Definitely would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Hotel Erwin
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $140 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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! (1,154 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly and helpful.The suite was okay, but had hard time finding parking spot even it wasn’t weekend."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Venice Breeze Suites
Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $110 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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! (986 reviews)

"Liked the ocean view from the room. Disliked the multiple homeless people living right on the beach close to the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Air Venice on the Beach
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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Best Lodging Options Near Venice Beach

Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $187 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hotel Erwin
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $140 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Venice Breeze Suites
Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $110 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Air Venice on the Beach
Jamaica Bay Inn
Jamaica Bay Inn
3.5 out of 5
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA
The price is $169 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Jamaica Bay Inn
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is $124 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Venice Suites
Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach
1.5 out of 5
25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA
The price is $95 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Samesun Venice Beach
Venice Beach Waldorf
Venice Beach Waldorf
2.5 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
Venice Beach Waldorf
Apartments under the Venice Sign
Apartments under the Venice Sign
Venice, CA
The price is $69 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Apartments under the Venice Sign
Su Casa at Venice Beach
Su Casa at Venice Beach
3.5 out of 5
431 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA
The price is $119 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Su Casa at Venice Beach
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.