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Saturday, September 03, 2005

About Venice beach

 


Venice Beach, California Profile
The most intersting and popular sight in Venice Beach is the beach, but it's not the surf and sand that take center stage here. It's the lively sidewalk scene. Venice Beach is a place where you'll find artists, palm readers and bikini-clad rollerskaters mixing with chanting Hare Krishnas and belly dancers.
Venice Beach Points of Interest
Legendary Muscle Beach is here, the place where Arnold Schwarznegger and hosts of other body-builders have "bulked up" in the outdoor weight room. So are the remnants of some 16 miles that once graced Venice-of-America, founded in 1905 by local developer Abbot Kinney. You can walk along the remaining waterways in the area bordered by bordered by Washington, South Venice Blvd., Pacific Ave. and Ocean Ave.
The best way to explore Venice Beach is to just walk along the waterfont. You'll pass street performers, skaters, gawkers and vendors selling all kinds of items from incense to sarongs.
Best Time to Visit Venice Beach
Not surprisingly, Venice Beach is best in summer. To enjoy the crowded hustle-bustle, arrive mid-morning or later on a weekend. Summer weekday afternoons can also be pleasant. The beachfront goes to sleep after dark.
Venice Beach Dining
  1. Wabi Sabi: 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd., (310) 314-2229. Small plates (appetizers, sushi), Cal-Asian-style "Bouillabaise."

  2. Killer Shrimp: 523 Washington Boulevard, (310) 578.2293. Shrimp is all they do here, with bread, pasta or rice. Try to save room for their sweet potato pecan pie.

  3. C and O Trattoria: 31 Washington Blvd., (310) 823-9491. Italian food, large portions. A Venice Beach favorite, judging from the crowds outside its door every night.

  4. Brickhouse: (Brooks and Electric), 826 Hampton Ave. (310) 581-1639. Open for breakfast and lunch.

  5. You'll find More Venice Beach Area restaurants at Digital City. Select the Marina del Rey area.
Venice Beach Lodging
Find a Venice Beach area hotel in our northern beach city listings.
Getting to Venice Beach
From I-405, take Washington Blvd. west. Park on the street if you're lucky, or in one of the public parking lots

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