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Reviewed July 12, 2019 via mobile

Our family walked the boardwalk from Venice to Santa Monica on a Saturday morning. There are a few nice shops , but generally it is a messy place, with lots of graffiti, the smell of urine and dope and lots of opportunity to hear the F word. Get a taxi direct to Santa Monica and do yourself a favour.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 8, 2019

Venice Beach Boardwalk will always be a top tourist attraction. The people watching, proximity of sand, water, shopping, etc so that's expected. The street performers and sidewalk vendors add a bit of character most of the time. What doesn't? Well, when the boardwalk becomes so crowded that you can't walk easily trying to dodge all of the selfie-takers. When the overpowering odor that you smell on the entire strip is that of marijuana. Perhaps some folks find that aroma awesome, but, for sure, it can be quite strong and overpowering. And lastly, the homeless population abounds. Most homeless folks are on the boardwalk due to issues that you have no control over but if they have mental health issues, you don't know what they will do or are capable of doing.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

Legendary Venice beach boardwalk is a must as a tourist, you will see a variety of artists, musicians, magicians, skateboarders and ”performers” that is hard to beat anywhere else in the world.

Sit down at one of the many bars/restaurants (recommend The Venice Beach Bar) and just watch.

Lots of real shops selling ”everything”, but everything is overpriced.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2019

An interesting eclectic mix of people and things to see. The Sunday eve drum circle is past the skate park, can’t miss it. Hundreds of people in a big circle enjoying it they’re own way. Feel free to ease into the circle, the beats are so powerful it’s impossible to be in there and not start moving. Felt totally safe and welcomed, no judgement zone.t

The Baiardwalk doesn’t seem safe at night, so definitely head somewhere for dinner, there are plenty of homeless and sketchy people during they day, seems like more creep out at night. Still keep your wits about you during the day.

Watch great basketball skills, skaters doing tricks, you can sit at the skate park for hours watching the talent...and it’s all right on the wide wide beach. Public bathrooms are NASTY avoid at all costs.

Rent bikes and ride down to Santa Monica Pier. It’s a bout a 3 mile ride, but easy and fun, some beach cafes along the bike path to eat or drink while watching people, or beach volleyball. As soon as you enter into Santa Monica, it I’d cleaner, no homeless, no sketchy shops, a brighter vibe. The park near the pier is amazing for gymnastics and the talent on the rings is amazing. Fun to run around the pier and walk through the carnival. Buy rife tickets on the pier...long wait for rides on the weekend.

You could spend days and never be bored.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 29, 2019

The vibe is a true California feeling. The people watching is worth the visit. You can buy old art , healing crystals wood beads and tons of t-shirts. Stop off at one of the bars grab a snack and watch the sunset over the ocean.

Date of experience: November 2018
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