Pacific Coast Hwy, Venice, CA | Directions 9029134.001574 -118.468325
Neighborhoods: Venice, West LA
Drugs, Pimps, thieves not family friendly – The original idea of Venice being a nice place to visit for some afternoon entertainment is gone. The performers that are out there don’t compare to what they were 10 years ago. Leave before dark or else you may and will be robbed. Do not take your children there; people are smoking drugs up and down the boardwalk. The shops have gone from souvenirs specialty stores to marijuana free medical card shops and tattoo shops. This place is not family friendly, if you are a tourist you may want to visit Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach or take the drive to Malibu. Maybe if I was 13 or 14 years old I would be amused and impressed by what Venice has to offer but with the latino gangs roaming everywhere I prefer to keep my family safe at a nicer and cleaner beach. The restrooms reek of piss and pot, I’m sure that there are still some nice places to see at Venice beach but I have Lived in S. California my entire life I’m now 34 years old and wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone; not tourist or locals. Check out L.A. live, go to Rodeo Drive, or the Hollywood walk of fame. Those places are better suited to accommodate the true S. California Experience.
Tourist trap – If you are a tourist, Venice Beach is on the list of things to do and see....If you are wanting to just go to the beach, there are some really nice beaches in Cali that are better suited to beach going, but if you want to see and be seen and buy touristy stuff this is the place to go. Beware of the area and your surroundings though.
must see – this is some place you have to see once, i recommend going in the afternoon and leaving before dark as some area's can become a bit sketch, but its really cool to see all the vendors
So Cal in a Nutshell for Out-of-towners – If you're from out of town all you need is about 5 minutes walking down Venice beach to know everything you need to know about Southern California. There is no telling what you will see or who you will encounter. Definitely check it out. If you're from here you already know this place is classic and all of the crazy variety it has to offer, so stop wasting time on citysearch.
Purse Snatchers! Crime WAVE! – Venice Beach used to be the place where you could show up at any hour of the day or night and enjoy yourself. Not anymore....Watch out for Vagrants that at first sight look like normal people but are actually on a crime spree. They target single females or people they think they can rob, and that can be anyone.
The Robbers include: groups of young women, they've robbed people, who were unsuspecting of a group of young girls. Single young men, or a group of young men, who seem like tourist but are really drhug addicts. Watch out! Dont be caught unawares. Venice is not at all what it used to be. lots of drhug addicts, lots of crime.
Single women used to be able to go down to the beach at night, not any more. There are guys looking out for just this situation, and they will rob and ghang rhape you...
Be cautioned , be aware.
L.A.'s funkiest beach offers kooky characters, serious surfers and surprisingly clean water. – In Short
The beach is almost a secondary attraction compared to Ocean Front Walk. Street performers, tattoo artists, novelty vendors, Gen-X nomads, hippies, people-watchers and freaks of all kinds come together to create this unique bazaar you have to explore at least once. Rent skates, boogie boards or bicycles built for two at the numerous surf/cycle shops for a more "traditional" beach experience.
A must see stop for the out-of-towner – Venice Beach, in Venice of course, is one of the stops I drag all of the out-of-town visitors to. It's dirty and a bit bizarre, but that's its appeal. Dare not plan to eat a healthy meal here, you won't find one. And watch your wallet, not because I know first-hand but just because it feels like you should. Avoid actually buying anything, it's all cheap garbage, but enjoy the walk and people watching. This is the bottom of society, which has somehow become glamorized. Avoid the residents. They tend to be mean, strange, or otherwise too hippie-ish. But take the loved one for a few hours. It's worth the trip.
Entertainment and Sun in one – I love Venice Beach! It's so much when I go...u get unique entertainment and vendors, ranging from artists to musicians to massage therapists...the beach water is surprisingly clean and the beach is never too packed....the food is great and cheap....large, i mean LARGE, slice of pizza for less than a buck fifty! ice cream, nachos...every treat imaginable for a great day at the beach...the little shops are great for different tastes...there are some really cool Jamaican shops that sell cool CD's that get you out of the Bob Marley-only listening...and you can get some really cool henna tattoos!!
clean the bike trails – the bike trail between washington blvd and venice blvd. is full on sand , never clean , you have to be very carefull
venice beach – The last year I lived in California, I spent alot of Sundays at Venice Beach. It was great fun every time, easy parking, lots of sun, entertainment, an overall great day. Now in Oregon, I miss Venice very much--there is no comparison. I rarely go to the coast.
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