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Party Earth Review The slightly off-kilter and tourist-packed Venice Boardwalk may draw the biggest crowds to Venice, but a close second is undoubtedly the adjacent three-mile expanse of Venice Beach. Sunny days attract hordes of... ... read full review

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  • Address:

    Bordered by the Santa Monica Pier to the north and the Venice Fishing Pier to the south
    Venice, CA 90291

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5am–midnight, curfew enforced

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Venice Beach Review

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Venice Beach in Venice is a three-mile beach packed with basketball, volleyball, skating, surfing, & more. Come play in the beautiful LA sand with Party Earth.

The slightly off-kilter and tourist-packed Venice Boardwalk may draw the biggest crowds to Venice, but a close second is undoubtedly the adjacent three-mile expanse of Venice Beach.

Sunny days attract hordes of beachgoers, especially in summer when Venice is often twenty-plus degrees cooler than the sweltering valley areas, Downtown, or the veritable Dante’s inferno east of Los Angeles.

Of course, lazy days on the sand are hardly the only activity, as more energetic types can join hard-bodies at the beach volleyball nets, catch the athletic hipsters playing handball, or ogle the hardcore streetballers engaged in serious high-level games at the basketball courts.

Although most of the famed Z-Boys were tearing up parking lots and empty pools further north in Santa Monica during the 80s, skateboarders and roller skaters today enjoy the 16,000-square-foot Venice Skate Plaza, which usually attracts a good crowd of spectators hoping to catch some stunning tricks and, inevitably, equally stunning face plants.

The famed Muscle Beach Gym nearby no longer attracts the big regulars of its heyday when Schwarzenegger used to lumber in, but it still provides an open-air playground for pumping iron just steps from the Boardwalk, while surfers head south toward the Venice Fishing Pier to try to catch the acclaimed breakwater.

With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year, Venice Beach is the perfect place to be as highly active or as blissfully lazy as anyone could want to be.

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Tip from Jonah:

You’ll notice a bike path running right along the edge of the beach. It’s called The Strand, and it runs twenty-two miles from Will Rogers State Beach to the north all the way to Torrance County Beach to the south. Pick a starting point, get a bike, and get your pedal on!

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of athletes, muscle heads, skaters, surfers, joggers, bikers, tourists, hippies, vagabonds, beach bums, bohos, wayward travelers, couples, and families. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Plenty of bongo drums and impromptu guitar circles.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    There are multiple places to grab food along the Boardwalk, though those in search of less touristy fare would be wise to head further east to Abbot Kinney. Several parking lots near the beach.

  • Prices

    Most park facilities are free and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Area parking ranges from $4–$15+/day depending on season. Muscle Beach day pass $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any sunny day or when the surf is up.

  • Close By

    The Venice Canals (Eastern Court & Carroll Canal Court) are a beautiful series of man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Lined with both funky and chichi houses, the canals feature sidewalks that make for a great easy stroll.

Venice Beach User Reviews

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Venice Beach is a great place to hang out with family or friends. It offers a variety of things that you can do and it perfect for anyone.
Aida E. Nov 18, 2013
There are tons of stores and vendors. There are plenty of them selling Cali shirts and souvenirs. Other vendors sell hand-made things like necklaces, art, or clothing. There are also many street performs who sing, dance, or perform other incredible talents. The beach is beautiful and nothing beats the California coast. There are tons of place to eat right across from the beach and they have great variety. There are places that sell ice cream, pizza, seafood, burgers, & many other treats. There are also places with bars and other places that are more family friendly. The weather is usually great and walking around is the best way to explore Venice Beach. If you are ever in California it is a must see place.
Awesome scenery and many things to do
Roxana C. Sep 13, 2013
Visiting Venice Beach is always a unique experience. Here you can come for a good tan and end up walking The Strand, a walkway a just feet away from the water. Performers, artists, tourists, locals and athletes enjoy the beach everyday. The stores and vendors on the Venice boardwalk are always a plus. Interesting and original artist creations are always displayed and there are also music performances. Fitness enthusiasts can also watch the workout routines taking place at the muscle beach. You can also bring your bike or roller skates to get a workout as well. In case you aren't all that into any of the busy action, you can always keep to yourself at the water's edge. Sun bathers and those who prefer the water can just enjoy the beautiful beach.
Doing Healing on the Venice Beach Boardwalk
Lori T. Aug 7, 2013
I had always admired the vendors at Venice and I had always wanted to do it myself, be out there with the people talking about what I do. So, I made it happen - I went out there and got the details to set up a booth and it was easy. Then, I met some locals and they told me the secrets to being successful at it. I got everything together with a friend and with the help of a local homeless guy, who helped me get a spot on the boardwalk, we to set up. You have to get there very early to save a spot for yourself and he helped us out with that. We worked out there for a month on the weekends helping to heal people with Hypnotherapy and energy healing. It was a lot of work and it was fun and I am glad I did, I love Venice Beach and the locals are very interesting and fun giving people.
Venice Beach Walk
Laura G. Jun 26, 2013
The boardwalk on Venice Beach was long and full of entertainment. It was fun to watch the street entertainers and browse through shops. Food was unlimited and bars on every corner. Great time and I recommend spending the day on the beach and a night with friends at the bars.
Venice Beach- Diverse, Entertaining and Full of Life
Daisy N. Jun 19, 2013
Being a die-hard fan of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, I had been in love with Venice Beach long before I visited it, and the reality did not disappoint. It was everything I had seen in the film, and it was much, much more. The beach itself was typical of California, in that it was stunningly beautiful and stunningly carefree, and the boardwalk reflected the diversity that makes California unique. From the Hari Krishnas to the religious extremists who seemed to think we were all going to hell, and from the body-builders lifting impossibly heavy weights at Muscle Beach to the street performers who chose my Grandpa as the volunteer they needed to try out some street dance, Venice Beach mirrored a multitude of cultures. It was entertaining, and we easily passed a day wandering up and down, eating from one of many food stalls, and watching every entertainer that we passed. Granted, it was a lot busier than the Venice Beach that Leonardo diCaprio moodily wandered down as Romeo, but the reality, filled with political slogans and kids on skateboards, was bustling with a life that you could be part of, and that was more entertaining than any film could be.
The sun never sets on Venice Beach
Hector S. Jun 18, 2013
If you ever happen make your way down to Southern California, in Los Angeles, Venice Beach is a place you must go to complete your Cali experience . Just don't judge everybody in California based on the people you see there. Not all of us are freaks. But it is interesting to go down there and watch the people performing on the street. Or go down for a leisurely walk along the beach where we can enjoy some unhealthy, fatty foods, some drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), check out some crazy and cool artwork or the sand sculptures or buy things we don't need but look awesome and have to have. All in all it's a place to go hang out, walk, eat, drink, watch the scenery, go to shops and to have fun!!
The epitome of a great summer
Daphnee S. Jun 6, 2013
Expect to leave this venue with a huge smile on your face. Venice Beach is absolutely beautiful!! I have been going to this beach since I was a child with my family and friends. Each time I go it is always a new and exhilarating experience. From food, shops, street performers, street art, rolling skating, bike riding, and muscle events, there is never a dull moment at this wonderful beach. Plus, there is a strong sense of community so you'll never, EVER feel left out.
Very Different
Lauren N. May 22, 2013
Venice Beach is definitely a must-go landmark in LA. In movies and TV shows, it's known as the beach lined with roller-skating hipsters and graffiti-lined walls. I spent an entire day just walking up the beach, as it is a long, long walk, but there's definitely a lot to see. There is an overwhelming amount of 'medicinal weed' shops, street performers, tattoo stands, Mexican food, and souvenir shops. Although it isn't exactly my usual hang-out spot, it's definitely a cool place to have a photoshoot or just people watch. I've encountered a lot of interesting people on my visits here, but it's typically visited by college students, guys working out, and people with their dogs.
Sun's out!
Gor G. May 22, 2013
Venice beach is probably one of my favorite ones in Los Angeles because it has got a very diverse population. It attracts a lot of people because of the amazing boardwalk adjacent to it. Venice beach is famous for its liberal artsy atmosphere. Here you can see lots of muscly guys because Venice beach features a gym with a patio area. So if you're in the mood to stare at guys working out, you can check it out. You will never get bored at Venice beach!! It features a path along the beach if you feel like riding your bike or skateboard along the water.
The Merchant of Venice Beach
Gerard Nash G. May 21, 2013
The greatest thing about Venice Beach is that there's so much to do. There's souvenir stores, street performers, restaurants, and even carnival rides. There's even a large diversity of people ranging from your typical tourists to your hardcore, muscle heads, making this beach one big melting pot. I swear that the first time I went to Venice Beach, a man had approached me with some less than reputable merchandise; in any case, you will definitely have an adventure when you go to this beach. One downside is that the place might become crowded very easily.
Never a dull moment at this beach
Natanya T. May 17, 2013
This beach littlerally has a bit of everything. There are outdoor booths to buy suveniors if your here visiting, street preformers, many eateries, oh yea and ofcourse the beach! Must visit there is never a dull moment
Rain or Shine
Nikolas M. May 17, 2013
I've been to a lot of beaches all over the United States - tropical Hawaiian beaches, the Gulf of Mexico, even cold New England beaches - but none of them stand out to me quite as much as Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Unlike the other beaches, Venice felt alive, like it was it's own community. Beyond the throngs of tourists, sunbathers, skateboarders, and muscle heads lied a sense of welcome. It felt like anyone could be there and just enjoy themselves. Just like the cultural diversities, there were more shops and small food stands and restaurants than most beaches have to offer. The boardwalk was just as diverse as the crowds that walked along it. You can rent bikes, surf boards, fish, or even ride carnival rides. How many other beaches offer carnival rides? Now I bet you're wondering why the title of this review is 'Rain or Shine'. The first time I went to Venice Beach, it was dark and rainy for the first hour or so that I was there. Even with the Pacific Ocean being a cold, cruel beast that day, the beach and boardwalk had plenty of other things to entertain. I thoroughly enjoyed myself just walking around, people watching and seeing the different kinds of food being offered up. I'd highly recommend Venice even if you aren't a beach person. There's so much more to do than your typical beach.
Crazy but Fun
Kristen D. May 15, 2013
This beach has so much to offer. Every time you visit, it is a completely different experience. If you want to see the weird and unusual, this is the place to go. There are so many different kinds of people here that you could people watch for days. Whether you want to relax on the sand or take a walk down the beach, this is the place to go. However, when visiting, you must keep an open mind. You never know what you might see. Up and down the side walks there are all kinds of entertainers and food stands. You can buy yourself some crazy sunglasses or enjoy some great food. You will always have something to do when visiting Venice Beach.
People watcher's dream.
Aldrin S. May 7, 2013
When I think of Venice, I immediately think of the boardwalk. It is not a typical beach side boardwalk that you might encounter. There are many shops and boutiques ranging from clothing to tattoo studios! I recommend that you try the food that is available such as a slice of pizza. While you relax and enjoy your slice, take a seat and take in the surroundings. The people in the area come from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether it be a tourist or a street vendor, there is always something interesting to witness. There is even an open gym, basketball courts, and a skateboard area. You could easily spend many hours watching different street performers, shopping, or just enjoying the beach. I highly recommend you come early as many shops close around sunset. If you are traveling with children keep them close because there is a lot of foot traffic and people not of the "norm". Either way, I highly recommend you check out Venice beach, it's a great way to spend your time whether you are walking the boardwalk or taking a ride on the bicycle paths.
Never know what to expect
Brittany H. Mar 29, 2013
Every time I have visited Venice has been different from the last. Though you can expect to see the "usuals" who frequent the boardwalk, including the infamous "patriotic buff man in a speedo", you still never know what kind of crazy talents you'll see while strolling the strip. I've witnessed a man jump off a chair straight into a pile of glass and land unharmed, break-dancers bust moves I've never seen before, among other exciting acts. You'll never run out of things to do while in Venice; Admire the art in the many glass-blowing shops that line the walk, grab tacos and horchata at the local taquerias, or have your own photo shoot at the graffiti walls. Being a skater myself, I know Venice to be a popular spot to either cruise the concrete strip or drop-in in the gnarlier bowls of the skatepark, located right in the middle of the beach, where Tony Alva of the Z-Boys is still known to frequent. If you come on the weekend expect large crowds and to spend a good amount of time searching for parking, unless you pay the tourist-priced fee for the parking lots.
Jasmit N. Mar 26, 2013
The Venice beach is such an amazing place. I love the water and I never had a problem with the sand. When I don’t feel like being in the water I love just walking the boardwalk. There is so much for you to do when you are here. You can go swim, play sports on the beach, tan, or go explore the boardwalk. The eating-places here are really good. I love going to the pizza place to order pizza and taking it to go while I walk the boardwalk. They have basketball courts here, which some really good people play at. They also have muscle beach, where all the strong people go and lift.
Beautiful beach
Anmol R. Mar 26, 2013
Venice beach was an amazing time for me. On the 4th of July I had gone to go see fireworks there. They had done the fireworks beautifully. IT was an amazing experience for a firework show. Other than that experience Venice beach is a clean and pretty beach. It’s a place for a typically summer California beach day spot. The other great thing about this beach it that if you walk far enough it will connect you to the Santa Monica beach. Venice beach has amazing shopping places near by. Venice beach also some great food places. There are many things to do at Venice beach.
BEAUTIFUL place to be
Kevin K. Mar 22, 2013
Tall palm trees, graffiti on the wall, and muscle dudes... We're at Venice Beach Boardwalk! It was my first time exploring Venice Beach Boardwalk and I must say this place is amazing! We were able to find a parking lot literally a block away from the boardwalk!!! We came here hungry and ready to pig out! There are plenty of places to eat around the boardwalk! Mediterranean cuisine, Chinese take out, Hawaiian poke, fresh fruit vendors, and smoothie stands can be found here just to name a few. There are also plenty of souvenir shops to check out and we saw several smoke shops here as well! There are so many activities around the Boardwalk! They have a skate park, basketball courts, and even a children's playground (so even with all the weirdos and bums around the beach, it still has that family friendly feel to it)! No doubt this place attracts a VERY diverse crowd! We unfortunately didn't see the "Freakshow", but it was fun to check out all the interesting people and talents around the Boardwalk! Overall, we had a great time here! I'd recommend making a stop at this famed beach/boardwalk if you are nearby. Who cares about the traffic?! It's worth it!
Much more than just a beach.
Valerie Y. Mar 5, 2013
I went to Venice Beach for the first time last year, and finally saw what the big buzz was about. Venice Beach is not just a beach, but its own little culture. There are so many attractions that add to the entertainment of it; the beach, volleyball, the outdoors workout station (and yes, people ACTUALLY workout there), bicycling, and of course, most of all, the vendors and stores. There are so many stores, that I did not have the time to visit half of them. I mainly played volleyball. The sand was not the softest sand I have been on, and I was worried about stepping on something sharp and hurting myself, but alas, I was fine. I want to go back and explore more of it.
My favorite beach!
Duane L. Mar 4, 2013
I absolutely adore Venice Beach. This is not an exaggeration. I understand that Venice is one of the most polarizing beaches out there; some people love it, while many others just hate it. But I really do enjoy for a variety of reasons. The first is the chill vibe. Venice is just an amazing place to relax, not simply because it’s a beach but because everything there contributes to that ambience. The people, the graffiti, hell even the smell. It’s all just very relaxing. Secondly, I love the boardwalk. Just strolling down that thing is fun, even if you don’t buy anything. I also just enjoy how weird and quirky the atmosphere is. It’s a unique place for sure, and that’s something I totally respect. Definitely check out Venice if you haven’t before. You may love it, you may hate it, but regardless you have to experience it at least once!
A required taste
John I. Feb 27, 2013
A required taste, Venice Beach is worth a trip at least once, and may become a permanent favorite for the artsy/hipster/down to earth peeps. I prefer the actual beach of Santa Monica (right next door) to Venice, but Venice’s boardwalk is fun to visit. It is quite dirty and there are plenty of bums living in the area. Some, however, are very expressive and fun. Think of it as if Mardi gras in New Orleans got moved to Venice Beach. There are huge crowds and a lot of color. The food’s nothing special. The graffiti and art is cool though. I recommend that before you get settled down at Santa Monica beach, take a stroll to Venice.
Visit LA, The Venice Beach Way!
Jamila C. Feb 17, 2013
Venice Beach is definitely a tourist spot, but not to enjoy the beach, but the culture that the beach brings. This place is buzzing with people, coming to get some sun, visit a few shops, have a bite to eat, and just enjoy the California Weather. One can find almost anything their heart desires at Venice - that is if you desire to have an eye-opening good time. The stretch to the actual beach is a bit of a walk, so there is this large walkway, that gives Venice a boardwalk type of feel. Along the path are artists, musicians, surfers, pets, bands, and a few people that just make you wonder. It is a nice way to pass the time with a few friends, and a staple of Los Angeles.
Cool with a Big Chance of "Interesting"
Swasti S. Jan 22, 2013
Venice beach is a pretty cool spot suitable for all ages. There's a lot of interesting/bordering weird stuff to see! All the shops and vendors sell unique trinkets, sweaters and tshirts. There are street shows you can catch and the actual beach is pretty nice. The snacks are pretty good (who doesn't like pizza?) and the diverse crowds make this place welcoming. Overall, it's a fun time.
Overrated Tourist Spot
Lauren G. Jan 3, 2013
Venice Beach is a unique tourist attraction of LA, but it's overrated. On the streets of Venice, you will find vendors selling touristy knick-knacks, such as pineapple sunglasses, Corona bikinis, and rainbow straw hats. There are also loads of "doctors" selling marijuana. Muscle Beach isn't really an attraction, unless watching forty-something men and women on steroids lifting weights interests you. The beach itself is nice, but all beaches in southern California are nice. If you're in this area, I recommend going to Santa Monica or Malibu beach instead. During my first trip to Venice Beach, there was a Bloods v. Crips shooting, which left all the tourists and locals at Venice Beach running into little hole-in-the-wall food places and screaming. After the shooting, a local news channel said that gang violence was becoming quite common around Venice Beach. During subsequent (non-violent) trips, I was still not impressed. The fun little knick-knack vendors and Muscle Beach are initially entertaining, but the novelty quickly fades.
Poor boardwalk
sibyl d. Dec 21, 2012
The beach is good with sand and waves, just like all the other beaches along California coast. However, when we walked along the boardwalk to find something special and interesting, we found that although there are many shops, most are selling skateboards, pieces of street arts and tattoos. Not much place to shop or have a rest. I even participated in one show, and was asked for money. Not an enjoyable experience.
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