Venice Beach is a unique and colorful coastal section of Los Angeles. Known for its canals, coastline, and boardwalk that features vendors and all types of performers, Venice Beach is the perfect place to go if you like people-watching. Check out Vacasa's Venice Beach vacation rentals and other Southern California vacation rentals for comfortable places to stay while you enjoy the sand, surf, and sights this area has to offer.
Where Is Venice Beach?
Venice Beach is a particularly vibrant beachfront community in Los Angeles. Just 15 miles west of downtown LA (and only five miles north of the Los Angeles International Airport), when you stay in one of our Venice Beach vacation rentals you will be conveniently close to everything the big city has to offer! Within a two-hour drive you can head north along the coast and reach gorgeous Santa Barbara, laid-back San Diego to the south, and the resort-like Palm Springs to the east.
Things to Do in Venice Beach
Venice itself has much to offer visitors, no matter what type of activities you love. Start by walking along the two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian concrete boardwalk. On one side you will see shops selling food, quirky souvenirs, and all types of specialty services. Especially during summers and weekends, the other side of the boardwalk features street performers, artists, fortune tellers, acrobats, magicians, and all sorts of entertainers. This area is known as one of the best places in the world to people-watch, and you can often see people with colorful hair, tattoos, costumes, and other interesting appearances. Of course, the wonderful beach itself is popular with visitors. This is a perfect place to go surfing or boogie-boarding, and you won't want to miss out on the famous Muscle Beach, where you can watch bodybuilders work out. In the area you can also watch a basketball game at the Venice Beach Recreation Center or skaters at the skate park. For even more sightseeing, take a walk around the iconic Venice Canal Historic District and marvel at the waterways and beautiful homes.
Venice Beach Activities
When you get tired of admiring the varied sights of the community, walk a few blocks away from the beach to Abbot Kinney Boulevard to visit some upscale boutiques and eateries. In town you can also go fishing off the pier or boating in the sea, and you won't want to miss an opportunity to watch the spectacular sunsets over the ocean. On weekend afternoons you can even listen to the improvised rhythms of a drum circle that brings even more life to this already lively community. However you choose to spend your visit, you will never forget the creative atmosphere and artistic people of this coastal town. Book a stay at one of our Venice Beach vacation rentals and see for yourself how the people-watching, shopping, and the overall uniqueness of Venice Beach combine to form an unforgettable experience!
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