Venice Beach

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Venice Beach featuring picnicking and a city as well as a large group of people

Bronze your body and rub shoulders with body builders and wacky performers at Los Angeles’ quirky urban 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.

Top Hotels Close to Venice Beach

Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is CA $148 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Situated in Venice, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Muscle ...
3.7/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"The View was exactly what we got this property for an excellent view of both sunset over the beach and sunrise through the side windows... No regrets, but that said the room was wierd... Almost no tables for us to unload our bags.there was a night stand and no outlet to plug in the lamp on the table. ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

Air Venice on the Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is CA $236 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,316 reviews)
"I loved the rooftop patio, and the room was nice with a great view."

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2022

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice V Hotel
Venice V Hotel
3 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $306 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Venice, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Muscle Beach Venice. Abbot Kinney Boulevard ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (29 reviews)
"We enjoyed staying in room 114 - small but cost and very comfortable. The staff - each and everyone - was pleasant and our interactions were met with politeness and professionalism. The only negative would be the cost of parking. However, given the premium placed on any open space within walking ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Venice V Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Venice Beach

Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach
1.5 out of 5
25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA
The price is CA $145 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Samesun Venice Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is CA $236 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
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 CA $148 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Air Venice on the Beach
Venice V Hotel
Venice V Hotel
3 out of 5
5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 118, Venice, CA
The price is CA $306 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Venice V Hotel
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is CA $306 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Hotel Erwin
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is CA $201 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Venice Suites
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
4 out of 5
52 Paloma Court, Venice, CA
The price is CA $261 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Venice Beach Vacation Condos
Wavecrest Walk Street by Onefinestay
Wavecrest Walk Street by Onefinestay
4 out of 5
117 Wavecrest Ave Venice, Venice, CA
Wavecrest Walk Street by Onefinestay
Su Casa at Venice Beach
Su Casa at Venice Beach
3.5 out of 5
431 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA
The price is CA $211 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
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.