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“Don't bother going”
Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los...
Ranked #85 of 629 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Not a very good area. We walked from Santa Monica and not worth it. Only good thing was Gold's Gym. If a bodybuilder, definitely stop in otherwise don't waste the time

4  Thank cjw893
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Visited today and it was scummy. Loads of homeless and down-and-outs. My friend was conned by one of the many t-shirt stalls. STAY AWAY! she was duped out of $50 for a printed tshirt. She was properly hustled by the vendor with shpeel and initial flattery. When she asked for a refund the mood changed and her request was refused. The same tshirt was $9 next door. We spoke to the police but they said it was a civil dispute. In hindsight Venice beach was not worth the hassle. There are better beaches and nicer vibes elsewhere. Homeless everywhere.

5  Thank Tilly57
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We visited Venice Beach every time we return to L.A. to see family. One of my favorite places to wander. No fake L.A. vibe, just real people. What more of L.A. used to be.

Thank Frederick D
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

I’m sure many will disagree with me but I’m going to say it- Venice Beach is seedy and nasty. The glorification of criminality, drugs, and vagrancy does not make a place a den of diversity as some have said. As a husband with pre-teenage daughters I am not comfortable in a place such as this!! It is NOT family friendly. Now we did walk down to the water and the views are spectacular of the pacific and the hills! However finding the same views at a safer and friendlier area is worth finding it! Parents and family folks please beware!!

3  Thank KevinsGirls
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This beach is massively wide. There is plently of space, not crowded at all.
Avoid the bathrooms as they seem to have people living in them. Great place to take your family and have fun in the huge waves.

Thank Kristy R
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