Everyone likes fun on the beach and to enjoy a vacation at the seashore. The ocean makes you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and calm. And what better spot can there be to escape than Venice Beach. Venice Beach is located between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. 2 miles from the Santa Monica Pier, 5 miles from Hollywood, 7 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, 10 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, and Beverly Hills.
In 1904, Abbot Kinney transformed a piece of undeveloped Los Angeles shore into a world class resort city. In order to duplicate Venice, Italy, 16 miles of canals were excavated. It was then that Venice beach was born as a top tourist spot. Most of the canals that encircle this area might be gone; however, six canals still remain. Los Angeles refurbished the six remaining canals in 1994.
The local people as well as visitors from all over still throng into Venice Beach to have a gala time. The Ocean Front Walk or Venice Beach Boardwalk is populated with bikini-clad in-line skaters, tattooed bikers, beautiful people, and crowds of tourists. Right in front of the Ocean Front Walk, you will find the original Muscle Beach, two miles north of Venice, and just south of Santa Monica Pier. Along the southern portion of the beach, at the end of Washington Boulevard, is the famous Venice Fishing Pier. The 1,310-foot (400 m) pier is a popular location for sport fishing.
Apart from this, there are several other activities that keep happening in and around the beach, which include street performances: mimes, break-dancers, drummers, jugglers, talking parrots, and fortune tellers. This place is also home to several restaurants, shops, food stalls, etc. All such fun is bound to keep the tourists occupied in this beach.
Best Western Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites
1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, California 90291
(800) 786-7789 (USA & Canada)
(310) 452-1111 1697 Pacific Avenue
Web Site: www.mphotel.com
Best Western Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites are 200 feet from the beach, and nearby the Venice Beach Walk, new sports courts, bicycle paths and rollerblading spots. Just ½ mile (1 km) from Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, near Los Angeles area business centers and just 5 miles (8 km) from the Los Angeles International Airport. Free wired and wireless internet access in all guest rooms and suites. Valet parking available.
Venice Beach Suites
1305 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, CA 90291
Venice Beach Suites are located on the Venice Beach Board Walk close to both the Venice Pier and Santa Monica Pier.
Venice Beach Cotel, 25 Windward Avenue. Venice, California 90291
Toll Free: 888.718.8287
This Venice Beach Cotel is a hostel with hotel standards. Shared rooms start at $22.00 per person/night and private rooms starting at $52.60 per room/night plus tax. Guests must show a valid passport upon arrival. The cheapest place to stay with ocean views.
The Cadillac Hotel, 8 Dudley Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
(at Ocean Front Walk)
Web Site: www.thecadillachotel.com
The Cadillac Hotel is a Venice Beach hotel with views of Santa Monica Bay and the coastline to Malibu.
Inn at Venice Beach, 327 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Web Site: www.innatvenicebeach.com
The Inn at Venice Beach is just a few blocks from the famous Venice Beach boardwalk. Itâ€™s a great place to stay and close by to Venice shopping and dining.
Venice Beach Suites and Hotel
1305 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, CA 90291
Web Site: www.venicebeachsuites.com
Venice Beach Suites and Hotel is located on the Venice Beach Walk, and nearby to Venice Beach, the Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Venice Bike Path and Venice Pier.
Restaurants and Dining
Maos Kitchen, 1512 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291, US
Chinese home-style cooking is served in a rustic atmosphere. Specialties include Shrimp & spinach dumplings and the popular Canton street food bok choy over chow fun which contains rice-flour wide noodles, bok choy, bean sprouts, onion, tomato, green onion, shredded carrot & choice of meat. Maos Kitchen prepares vegetarian, vegan, steamed, sauce on the side, etc…just ask â€“ and they will exchange meat for tofu, cashew, almond or peanut – & also chicken or fish stock for vegetable stock in their soups & sauces. There are lunch specials and the entres priced under $12.
On the Waterfront CafÃ©, 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA
(Half a block north of Rose Ave)
On the Waterfront Cafe is located directly on the famous Venice Boardwalk. Swiss Specials are served both indoors and on the outdoor patio. The Swiss Bratwurst under $12 is yummy and there is choice of veal or pork bratwurst, served with onion sauce and mustard. Of course, Swiss Cheese Fondue is included on the menu along with Bitburger beer on tap. There is free parking around back if you are driving.
Figtrees Cafe, 429 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA
310-392-4937 / Fax: 310-392-0622
The Figtrees Cafe is open 8 to 6 daily. For those of you that are inspired to eat fish, Fresh Grilled Fish of the Day is offered. Other specialties include the tasty L.A. Burrito with black bean chili and guacamole.
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