Exploring Venice Beach, California

With just a few short hours to explore Los Angeles before my flight back to the east coast, I had to decide where in the city – preferably not too far from the airport – to head to get a taste of the town. Having heard about Venice Beach’s bohemian spirit and boardwalk, I decided to head there.

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After paying a wallet-friendly $6 for all day parking right in front of the Venice Fishing Pier (this girl loves a bargain!), I strolled along the pier, taking in the expanse of the beach behind me and admiring the successes of fisherman out for the day.

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After, I walked along the beach and the line of palm trees. Surfers were riding waves, while bikers and walkers roamed the boardwalk.

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So much of what I’ve always pictured of southern California is based off my teenage years’ favorite show, The OC, and the lifeguard towers were no exception.

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After exploring the beachfront, it was time to walk a few streets back from the boardwalk to the Venice Canals. The idea of the charming Venice Canals area, when built over a century ago, was to be the “Venice of America”. The gondolas may have never happened, but the canals still remain.

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I loved the quirky homes in the Venice Canals area, a mix of architecture styles with manicured lawns to take advantage of southern California’s sunny days.

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Rowboats and kayaks docked to the homes’ piers gave it even more of a “Venice of America” feel. Several footbridges allow you to cross over and explore the area.

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In the end, I was so glad I dedicated a few hours to explore Venice Beach – and would love to see more!

Have you been to Venice Beach? What’s your favorite area of Los Angeles?

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