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

Stroll along one of California’s most iconic boardwalks, hit the surf or just enjoy the eclectic mix of people at this beachside resort town that's a true slice of pure Americana.

Venice, California gained an international reputation during the 1950s and 60s as the home of the Beat Generation and today, it is still a magnet for poets and artists as well as tourists who come to join in the fun.

Wander along the boardwalk, officially known as Venice Ocean Front Walk. The east side is lined with groovy restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques while the other side is where you’ll find quirky street performers and buskers. Have your fortune read, get your name written on a grain of rice or watch the body builders work out on Muscle Beach.

For shopping of a different kind, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, named by GQ Magazine as “The Coolest Block in America.” Historically a hub for the area’s artistic community, it is the place to find handmade homeware stores, cool bookstores and hip salons.

Venice Beach has to be one of the most iconic places in the United States of America, and the sand here is perfect for creating sand sculptures. Rent a surfboard and try out the Californian Breakwater, popular with locals because the waves break on both sides. Surfing lessons are also available every day.

Take a self guided tour of the area’s funky street murals. There are more than a dozen of these spread throughout the area including Morning Shot, a portrait of Jim Morrison who began his career here.

Venice, California is also home to the Venice Canal Historic District, a network of man-made canals designed to resemble the canals of Venice in Italy. Take a gondola ride to explore this area which was built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney.

Venice is a 15 minute drive from Santa Monica and paid parking is available at a number of stations in the area. Shuttle buses also run regularly and once you are there most of the area’s attractions are within walking distance.

Where to stay in Venice

Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is £148 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
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 ...
3.7/5Good! (962 reviews)
"Homeless people everywhere"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Air Venice on the Beach
The Kinney - Venice Beach
The Kinney - Venice Beach
3 out of 5
737 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA
The price is £197 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica Beach and Muscle ...
4.4/5Excellent! (671 reviews)
"Great customer service (Guillermo ) had an excelente service thank you"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

The Kinney - Venice Beach
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £281 per night from 25 Aug to 25 Aug
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! (981 reviews)
"Great location, love the bar on the top floor and the snack shop downstairs. We had some loud guests across the hall, that was the only negative."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Hotel Erwin
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