Visiting LA: First-timers Guide to Venice Beach

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Hello beautiful people!

First of all, haters will say that I borrowed a stranger’s skateboard to take THE picture. (I actually did, don’t judge me, folks).

Surprise surprise, here is another travel post dedicated to LA, and more specifically, this one will be focusing on Venice Beach! If you are visiting Los Angeles, chances are you are trying to explore as many neighbourhoods as possible, and Venice is a must during your trip.

Located between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, Venice Beach is a unique and energetic LA neighbourhood, and in this post, I will share with you my favourite recommendations!

Without further due, let’s jump right into it;

The iconic bohemian neighbourhood of Venice is located next to the district of Santa Monica-in fact, you can walk between both districts alongside the beach.

1- Immerse yourself into the bohemian atmosphere of Venice

The Californian Venice Beach is known for its hippy and alternative vibe, house of street artists, skaters & surfers. At the The Venice Beach Boardwalk, you will notice that everyone here is really laid-back and welcoming! There is live music being performed by local artists, street shows and a very warm atmosphere overall.

Los Angeles is one of the world’s capitals for street art, and I am sure you have probably noticed all the amazing murals around Venice. This place genuinely offers a unique and vibrant mix of activities and attractions, and it is a very important cultural centre in Los Angeles.

Hiring a bicycle is a great option, and the costs run between $6 per hour and $20 for the day.

We were advised to take extra precaution with our belongings since there are a few thieves around the area that take advantage of tourists. In this area, there are also plenty of homeless roaming the streets. However, we didn’t have any bad experiences!

2- Watch the skaters at the Venice Skate Park

Venice is known for being the iconic cradle of skateboarding, and Venice Skate Park is the world’s most popular Skate Park. It is located near Windward and Ocean Front Walk, and it features a variety of skateboarding elements.

It is so much fun watching the wheeled action at the skatepark, I was genuinely impressed! I can guarantee you will be staring at the skaters perform their tricks for ages!

3- Support the local art scene as you find a bargain at Abbot Kinney Blvd

The Venice Broadwalk is amazing for people-watching, and it actually continues from the southern end of Santa Monica Beach!

Here you will also find plenty of independent boutiques and thrift stores. Abbot Kinney Boulevard is an lively collection of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars, and you can find anything from surfing boards to vintage clothes.

TIP: There are plenty of market stalls and independent gift shops around Venice Beach, which even allow you to personalise your souvenirs. You will find true bargains and you will be supporting the local artists and entrepreneurs!

4- Grab a pizza slice at the local food tracks

Whatever food you are craving, chances are you will find it. In Venice Beach, you will find plenty of freshly made street food that is just as tasty as it looks. If you come to Venice Beach, you HAVE TO grab a giant pizza slice as you roam around and enjoy the local art scene.

Personally, one of my favourite things to do at Venice Beach was grabbing a huge slice of pizza and watching the skaters and musicians perform.

The average price of a giant pizza slice is $4.

5- Snap a selfie with the popular Venice Sign

There is no argument that this is a defining symbol of Venice Beach. To take the perfect picture, I suggest you wait at the traffic light until the walk signal appears, then run out of the sign! It can actually be really fun, and you have about 30 seconds to snap the perfect selfie.

I highly recommend you visiting the sign during day time, sunset and at night time. They look like three different places, and it is absolutely incredible.

Find the Venice Sign at 80 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291

6- Enjoy Venice’s golden hour and breathtaking sunsets

If you are anything like me, I am sure you will find any excuse to catch a cheesy sunset. The sunset views here in Venice Beach make the trip well worth it. I was told by many locals that the best time to catch one of these breathtaking sunsets is when the sky has been clear during the day.

Enjoy the Pacific Ocean and the afternoon sunshine on the sand.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Are you planning a trip to LA?

A xx

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