Photo Friday: Venice Beach, CA

I’m currently in San Francisco soaking up the California sun, so I thought I’d throw together a post from my last trip to California, in January 2011. I spent three days in Los Angeles, eating tacos with my fellow travel bloggers, CouchSurfing and walking through the stalls of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Suzanna, my CS host, took me to the market for breakfast. She headed back into town and I spent the afternoon exploring Santa Monica and the iconic Venice Beach.

While the rest of the country was wearing coats and scarves, I was sweating through my sundress, drinking a Mexican Coca Cola in quirky Venice Beach. I couldn’t believe how many people were out and about, surfing, tanning, skateboarding and busking.

Venice Beach reminds me a lot of an oceanside Little Five Points in Atlanta, with tattoo parlors, funky clothing outlets and “natural remedy” stores. The sidewalks are lined with people selling their hippie wares, from artwork to jewelry to incense and everything in between.

The buskers in Venice are legendary. There’s dancers and magicians. One guy I saw was walking on broken glass. Some of them just want your money and have no real skill to show.

If You Go

The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus #1 and #2 run to Venice Beach and drop off at the Boardwalk.

Accommodation in Venice Beach is cheaper than in the rest of Los Angeles, as there are more budget options. Venice Beach CotelThe Venice Beach Hostel and Venice Beach Hostel are all cheap options.

About Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is the founder of Caroline in the City. She's a freelance writer based in Atlanta, Georgia but also considers Charleston and Sydney home. Her past writing credits include work for, National Geographic Travel and she is a contributor to Her Packing List.


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One Response to Photo Friday: Venice Beach, CA

  1. Jackie June 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    I grew up about 15 minutes from Venice and miss it dearly. My mom used to work in the giant binocular building and I thought it was the coolest thing of all time. Actually I still think it is the coolest thing of all time.
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