Venice

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 Beachhas 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

The Kinney - Venice Beach
The Kinney - Venice Beach
3 out of 5
737 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, 90292
The price is £146 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (860 reviews)
"We loved staying at The Kinney. A great place to spend time in between being out exploring LA. The kids loved the pool and hang out areas and the room was a great layout with lots of hood design features."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

The Kinney - 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 £227 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a business centre and a snack bar/deli. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
3.6/5 Good! (999 reviews)
"No air conditioning only fan but still a nice vibe and easy access to the beach."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2022

Air Venice on the Beach
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £283 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
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 their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Great location, right on the beach front. Close to all amenities. Staff were helpful. If you dont like taking the stair could be waiting a while for the lift as the roof top bar is very popular and guests dont get a look in."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Hotel Erwin
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Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is £218 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,060 reviews)
perfect stay
"Everything was good, except the parking :( and the bbq grill with wind kept shutting off the light. It will be better if you build wind block around the bbq grill ^^ Other than that, good service and enjoyed!"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2022

Venice Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is £251 per night from 8 Sep to 9 Sep
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! (1,366 reviews)
"We enjoyed being so close to the beach. It was clean and the roof top very cool!"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2022

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
4 out of 5
52 Paloma Court, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is £394 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly condo in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (280 reviews)
"I loked that the place had 2 rooms and plenty of sleeping arrangements. Good size living room ans and kitchen. The only part that was not good were the people upstairs made too much noise all nite."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Venice Beach Vacation Condos
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