Venice, CA

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Venice Beach featuring cycling and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Sip on smoothies, stroll through a maze of canals and browse alternative shops at this Californian beach, famous for its boardwalk and quirky residents.

Venice is a colorful neighborhood with eclectic shops, organic cafés and a scenic beach in the Santa Monica region of Los Angeles County. It is home to Venice Beach and its adjoining pier and famous boardwalk. Explore independent shops, choose from an array of restaurants and watch street performances.

Sunbathe or take a dip in the ocean at Venice Beach. It is also a popular surfing spot with gentle waves that suit beginners. Walk around the famous pier and play arcade games with the kids. Ride the Ferris wheel to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding Venice area.

Venice attracts visitors from all over the world who come to soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Walk along the iconic boardwalk and watch a variety of street performers, including stilt walkers, snake charmers and fortunetellers. Watch roller skaters and admire the unique hairstyles and outfits worn by locals. On most weekends, you can join in the Venice Beach Drum Circle and bang a bongo or chant and dance.

Stop by Muscle Beach and watch the locals carry out their daily fitness regimes. Drink smoothies containing a blend of exotic fruit and vegetables from the organic juice bar.

Make your way to the trendy haven of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Palm trees and street art line the road, which is packed with sophisticated boutiques, art galleries, wine bars and restaurants.

Take a romantic stroll through the canals. Venice’s founder, Abbot Kinney, built the system of canals in 1905 to pay tribute to the Italian city of the same name. The Venice Boardwalk was an important meeting point in the 1950s and early ’60s for poets from the Beat Generation, such as Jack Kerouac.

The Venice neighborhood sits in the south of the city of Santa Monica, on California’s Pacific coast. It is about 30 minutes by car from downtown Los Angeles, which could take around 45 minutes depending on the traffic. From many locations in Los Angeles County you can take the bus to Venice.

Where to stay in Venice

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $172 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk, steps from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,268 reviews)
"The Hotel was great, just the outside was a lot of trash, and a lot of homeless sleeping in the beach"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $222 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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! (980 reviews)
"Very clean and staff was super friendly also walkable area"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Hotel Erwin
The Kinney - Venice Beach
The Kinney - Venice Beach
3 out of 5
737 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA
The price is $202 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice Beach, and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle ...
4.4/5Excellent! (698 reviews)
"We loved our stay. Easy to park. Friendly staff. Lovely amenities."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

The Kinney - 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.
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $172 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk, steps from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,268 reviews)
"The Hotel was great, just the outside was a lot of trash, and a lot of homeless sleeping in the beach"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is $189 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Nestled on the beach, this Venice apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. Santa Monica Beach and Abbot Kinney ...
4/5Very Good! (970 reviews)
"One of the best customer service experience. Our room had a great view. Will recommend a little update on the room like, fan, a/c thermostat and furniture could use some attention. Other than, loved this pl."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

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 $181 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Nestled on the beach, this Venice aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Abbot Kinney Boulevard ...
4/5Very Good! (303 reviews)
"It was so spacious the staff was awesome and so friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to everyone!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

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.

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