Venice Beach

Venice Beach featuring picnicking and a city as well as a large group of people
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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, 90291
The price is CA $179 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
CA $179
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a business center, and a snack bar/deli. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Amazing ocean and beach views at a very reasonable price. My new spot to stay in LA."

Reviewed on Dec. 7, 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 CA $380 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
CA $380
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
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 our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"The valet/door staff is very friendly and made us feel special. The rooms are quiet and beds comfortable. The only downside was the rooftop lounge. I didn't realize it was open to the public so there is a constant stream of non hotel guests in the one elevator. I assumed we would have daily downtime ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2022

Hotel Erwin
Marina del Rey Hotel
Marina del Rey Hotel
4 out of 5
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
The price is CA $330 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
CA $330
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Marina del Rey. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2022

Marina del Rey Hotel
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

Air Venice on the Beach
Air Venice on the Beach
3 out of 5
5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
Air Venice on the Beach
Hotel Erwin
Hotel Erwin
4 out of 5
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
Hotel Erwin
Marina del Rey Hotel
Marina del Rey Hotel
4 out of 5
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Marina del Rey Hotel
Hotel MDR Marina del Rey - a DoubleTree by Hilton
Hotel MDR Marina del Rey - a DoubleTree by Hilton
4 out of 5
13480 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Hotel MDR Marina del Rey - a DoubleTree by Hilton
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Viceroy Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Le Merigot Santa Monica
Le Merigot Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1740 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Le Merigot Santa Monica
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Ocean View Hotel
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.