Crazy place, creative people - America with a difference
Venice wasn't founded until 1905, a weird thought for Brits used to living in ancient villages, towns and cities. Venice's beachfront is a hive of sea, sun and sand-focused activity, in the heart of the Westside region of LA County, and it's a typical seaside resort town. Venice is famed for its network of canals, beaches and the quirky Ocean Front Walk, packed with street performers, fortune-tellers and artists.
Bizarre, strange, eccentric... Venice Beach really is wonderfully weird.
What else is there to do at Venice Beach? How about these?
Hit the Venice Beach Recreation Center for basketball, handball, tennis and volleyball courts
Watch the outdoor weightlifting at Muscle Beach Venice
Fall in love with CHAYA Venice
Don't forget the street art... Venice's murals are quite something, and the mural artist Rip Cronk has painted nearly a dozen of them around town including a vast portrait of The Doors' singer Jim Morrison.
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Despite what people think, LA isn’t all big screen glamour, designer wares and celebrities – sure there’s plenty of that, but this diverse city has a lesser known side which is full of art, music and creativity - it’s completely enchanting.
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Many of the city's miles of canals, dug to drain the marshes Venice was built on, still exist. Just a few blocks from the bustling, eccentric Boardwalk you'll find a maze of canals lined with beautiful homes and stunning gardens.
So what are the highlights of a holiday in Venice Beach? Here are three of the best.
Take in some local colour at the eclectic shopper’s paradise, Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Fresh seasonal food awaits you at the quirky, vividly coloured Hotel Erwin
Spend time people-watching on the Boardwalk, a place of some truly extraordinary sights!
Add a leisurely wander along Venice Beach itself, home to the acclaimed Venice Breakwater surfing spot, to get a real slice of Venice life under your belt.
“The boardwalk is like the beating heart of America. You can be normal; you can be strange. It's so rad.” - Sean O'Keefe
How about a drum circle with a difference? Head for the free Venice Beach Drum Circle event, a mass-jam on the sand between Brooks Avenue and Ocean Front. Walk where literally hundreds of people from all over the planet gather to make beautiful noise together. Grab a drum, a shaker or anything that makes a rhythm and join in... or just dance and chant. It's hippy-heartwarming stuff, inclusive and fun. Just one of a host of great skateboard facilities, the two million dollar Venice Beach Skatepark sits right on the sand near Windward and Ocean Front Walk. It delivers a full 16,000 square feet of boarding thrills including plenty of opportunity for cool skateboarding street-style.
Venice, originally called 'Venice of America', was founded by the tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905. A place of powerful contrasts, cycling or walking is the best way to experience Venice up close, a town where incredibly beautiful people co-exist with quirky, ragged homeless artists. Venice Beach itself is long and wide, a stunning stretch of lovely sand. The breakers crash, the slim and tanned folk sail past on their rollerskates and 'interesting' characters populate every street corner. It's a crazy place, in the nicest possible way, so dive right in and get a taste of the USA at its most endearingly eccentric.
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