Venice Beach | Los Angeles, California | Venice Beach…under the warmth of sun and along the breaking waves of the Southern California coastline. Discover the mystique that lured Jim Morrison to find ‘The Doors,’ and a Culture that gave birth to modern skateboarding. Venice Beach, California, is a unique destination unto itself, where shopping, dining, sports, recreation, and entertainment abound.
Venice Beach is a district on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists, 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.
Sunsets best time of the year to watch a sunset in Venice: Everyday, however make it a point to watch a sunset during the winter months. This is when the sunsets are the most amazing. That is exactly when I visited and here are the results.
Venice Beach Boardwalk is not to be missed. If you are visiting the Los Angeles area, you owe it to yourself to come to Southern California’s number one visitor attraction. Stretching about one a half miles along the manicured sands of the Pacific Ocean, the boardwalk is a large part of what makes Venice unique. Hundreds of street vendors and performers. You can see everything from break-dancing to broken glass walking. Mimes to musicians, jugglers to jesters and everything in between make up the human landscape. You can have your fortune read, get a temporary tattoo or have your name written on a grain of rice. If souvenirs is what you are after then the boardwalk is the place to go. The Westside offers unique arts and crafts, odds and ends and one of kinds only obtainable here.
Great food and great weather are signatures of Venice. With everything your taste buds could ask for from casual family eateries, to walk-up beachside snacks to elegant world-class seafood, you’ll never run out new places to enjoy food in Venice. Some to recommend are mostly located over Abbott Kinney Road, mix atmosphere where SOHO New York meets beach style Los Angeles: GJELINA (www.gjelina.com) everyone I met raves about this place specially the pizza. Intelligentsia Coffee (www.intelligentsiacoffee.com) fantastic coffee, but be prepared to wait in line since they are VERY popular. Shima (exclusive brown rice sushi).
The Roosterfish, is a gay bar located at 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice Beach. ( 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM 7 Days a Week). Tiff drinks, a Happy Hour (actually 2 hours), hot bartenders, a pool table, pinball, electronic darts, video games, an outdoor patio, no attitude and there’s never a cover charge.
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