The One and Only Venice Beach California – A Wild and Crazy Beach Community
When it comes to California beaches and beach communities every one has their own feeling and atmosphere and no where does anything come close to Venice Beach California.
Venice is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by the unincorporated Marina Del Rey on the southeast, by Culver City on the east, by the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mar Vista on the northeast, and by the city of Santa Monica on the north.
Well known for its “Muscle Beach” atmosphere Venice Beach offers some real one of a kind experiences that you will find no where else in California or California beach communities.
Not only do you have the only weight room on the beach but also over 100 boardwalk vendors who come and set up shop in the morning and then close up and leave in the evening. The street vendors include henna tattoos, palm readers, astrologists, tarot card readers, a host of different artists, sidewalk performers including bands and actors and acrobats and much much more.
Venice Beach is a one-of-a-kind place and no where else in California do you find a place where street merchants are welcome and are able so set up along the boardwalk areas.
In addition to the street vendors you also have tons of small shops including pizza places, tourist and t-shirt shops, tattoo shops, smoke shops, cafes and small clothing and gift shops.
Venice is a district in western Los Angeles, California, United States. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, which features performers, fortune-tellers and vendors. Throughout the summer months, the boardwalk is actively entertaining, and this tradition continues on weekends in the winter. It is an important tourist attraction in Southern California, and has retained its popularity in part because it is an attractive location for walking and bicycling. It was home to early Beat poets and artists in Los Angeles. Its area codes are 310 and a 424 overlay. Its ZIP Code is 90291.
Venice Beach includes the beach, the promenade that runs parallel to the beach (“Ocean Front Walk” or just “the boardwalk”), Muscle Beach, the handball courts, the paddle tennis courts, Skate Dancing plaza, the numerous beach volleyball courts, the bike trail and the businesses and residences that have their addresses on Ocean Front Walk. The basketball courts in Venice are renowned across the country for their high level of streetball and numerous NBA players were developed or recruited from these courts.
Along the southern portion of the beach, at the end of Washington Boulevard, is the Venice Fishing Pier. A 1,310-foot (400 m) concrete structure, it first opened in 1964, but was closed in 1983 due to El Niño storm damage, only reopening in the mid-1990s. On December 21, 2005, the pier again suffered damage when waves from an unusually big northern swell caused the part of the pier upon which the restrooms was located to fall into the ocean.
Venice Beach has long been known as a home to artists and musicians and there is a ton of artwork and murals painted along the boardwalk area buildings.
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