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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

About Manhattan Beach


About Manhattan Beach: 
Manhattan Beach may well be the prototype for the quintessential Los Angeles Beach. A Beach Boys' hangout in their early days and the birthplace of beach volleyball, this west-facing urban beach attracts a broad mix of visitors.
Manhattan Beach Fees: 
Entrance Fee: NoneParking Fee: Street parking here is scarce. Bring quarters to feed the streetside parking meters
Creature Comforts at Manhattan Beach: 
  1. Restrooms

  2. Showers

  3. Restaurants nearby in town

  4. No alcohol on the beach

  5. No pets allowed on the beach, but they can walk on the beachside sidewalk
Manhattan Beach Activities: 
  1. Bike path

  2. Walking path

  3. Surfing

  4. Swimming, lifeguard on duty during daylight hours

  5. Volleyball

  6. Fishing from the pier

  7. Aquarium on the pier
  1. Finding parking here can be difficult at best, and you'll have to pay attention to your watch to be sure your meter doesn't expire

About Zuma Beach


About Zuma Beach: 
With white sand, clean water and plenty of room, Zuma Beach is a perennial favorite with residents and visitors alike. This south-facing beach attracts lots of visitors on summer weekends, but Zuma Beach is relatively quiet during the week.
If you want to sound like a local, drop the "beach" and just call it "Zuma."
Zuma Beach Fees: 
Entrance Fee: NoneParking Fee: If you get there early, you can park for free on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Otherwise, park in the paid parking lot, which has over 2,000 spaces.
Creature Comforts at Zuma Beach: 
  1. Restrooms

  2. Showers and changing facilities

  3. Swings

  4. The snack bar here serves basic fare such as nachos, hot dogs and sodas

  5. No alcohol allowed

  6. No pets allowed
Zuma Beach Activities: 
  1. Beachside boardwalk walking path

  2. Swimming, lifeguard during daylight hours

  3. Some rate Zuma Beach the best place in the Los Angeles area for surfing, but others say it's better for boogie-boarding and body-surfing.

  4. Volleyball courts

  5. Fishing

  6. Whale-watching (winter)
Highs and Lows at Zuma Beach: 
  1. Because it's a bit further north, water at Zuma Beach is colder than at other Los Angeles beaches (about 68F in mid-summer).

  2. The Zuma Beach snack bar is better-suited to kids than adults. If you're going to be there very long, stop on the way up from Malibu and pick up something to eat.
How to Get to Zuma Beach: Zuma Beach is 19 miles west of Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway.