Venice Beach is known throughout the world as a quintessential Southern California beach and has become an iconic destination for fun in the So Cal sun. Sure, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches in Southern California with long stretches of golden sand and idyllic views of the world’s largest ocean the Pacific. But that’s the beauty of Venice Beach; it is so much more than just another gorgeous Cali beach. In fact, Venice is Southern California’s number one tourist attraction and anyone who finds themselves in the Los Angeles area simply must take a trip to see the non-stop action of Venice Beach.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot for people watching than on the 1 ½ mile stretch of boardwalk that runs along Venice Beach. The Eastside of the boardwalk is full of shops selling anything and everything you could want to commemorate your visit to the California coast. From clothing stores, to surf shops and every souvenir you can imagine, you’ll find it there. Then head over to the Westside of the Venice boardwalk, where you’ll find a vast array of performers and street vendors. Watch some break dancing while you get a tattoo or watch someone swallow fire while you get your Tarot cards read. You name it, you can pretty much find in on Venice Beach. And the best part of your whole visit? Why, the beautiful beach itself, obviously. The swaying palms and the green grass and sidewalk separate the boardwalk from the actual beach, which is every bit as tranquil and lovely as the boardwalk is bustling and chaotic. You get the best of both worlds with a visit to Venice.