Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars. A picturesque enclave of canals is surrounded by modernist homes.

Venice City Beach is the main beach in the Venice District of Los Angeles. It stretches from the Venice Pier up to the north end of the Venice District at the city border with Santa Monica. The central hub of Venice Beach is at an area known as Muscle Beach, a nickname earned for the outdoor workout facilities and muscle display platform. This area has sport courts for various activities and a grass park as well. Spectators will line the outside of a large skatepark built right on the beach. Surfers paddle out beyond the Venice Breakwater to catch the waves that break in both directions around this short rocky barrier. The biggest draw here is probably the street entertainers, tattooed bodies, and self-proclaimed “freaks” that demand attention along the Ocean Front Walk (better known as the Venice Beach Boardwalk). Vendors sell everything from cheap sunglasses to T-shirts along the boardwalk. Nearby are many other shops and restaurants to enjoy.

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