Take a stroll on its world most famous boardwalk, bike along its beautiful beach, grab a bite at some of the best restaurants on its beach-front playground, and discover the trendiest shops on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Welcome to Venice Beach!

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Welcome to Venice Beach California

Founded in the early 1900s by developer and pioneer Abbot Kinney, who thought of transforming a declining marshland west of Los Angeles, into the “Coney Island of the Pacific”, Venice is known as one of the most popular destinations in Southern California for visitors and locals. The “Venice of America” was a vision of a resort town artistically, and culturally evocative of Venice, Italy, integral with canals, sailboats, amusement piers, hotels and Venetian-styled architectures. Home of the “Beats” referred as people who brought a bohemian lifestyle to Venice in the 50’s, Venice beach’s generation transitioned to the Hippies starting in the 1970s. Although Venice has been in a severe state of decay, and in desperate need for redevelopment, it remains today a hangout for the creative and the artistic. When discovering Venice Beach, take advantage of the pleasurable food scene which is more destination-worthy than ever. Also, Venice Beach is a distinctive cultural center where the fun in the sun, and the cosmopolitan evening of art and music are quintessential to LA’s unique culture.

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Venice canals

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Palm Trees on Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk

So as you plan a visit to Venice Beach, check out the unique Venice Art Walls on Ocean Front Walk, Windward Avenue and Pacific Avenue. You will learn that the graffiti style murals have always been around, and although they were banned in the past, they became alive again through the Creative Unity (ICU Art), a Venice-based graffiti art production company promoting graffiti artists’ works since 2000. Venice Beach popular, crowded and lively, it is a must-see special area, attracting visitors from around the world.

What to see?  The beach, Venice Boardwalk, Venice Canals, the murals, Venice Skate Park, Muscle Beach.
What to do? Relax at the beach, Venice Beach walking tour, rent a bike, shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Where to eat? Barnyard, Hostaria del piccolo, Venice Ale House, Rose Café & Market, The Sidewalk Café.

3 Fun Facts:
– Venice was once an oil field
– Venice is the birthplace of modern skateboarding
– Venice Beach is known as the “The roller skating capital of the world”

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[All photos are by Isabelle A. Barros]