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We loved the beach, although we were surprised, after hearing about Southern California and surfing all our lives, to feel how cold the water is at Venice Beach. We thought it would be warmer and were surprised at how few people were swimming even in July. It was fun to walk along the beach from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier.
Walking on the beach or sunbathing. Playing in the water. Experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
There is a pier in Santa Monica's beach It is a pretty nice place to go. The beach a little bit crowded, but is pretty good. Te water was a little cold on August.
I like that there are various beaches to choose from in the CA area.
You can find what you want. Everything from Muscle Beach in Venice to tide pools and sea life in the rocks. You can walk the sand and beachcomb or walk the paved boardwalk and gawk at the people around you. You can cycle, skate, run or Segway. You can fish, or watch the sea lions and seals from the pier. The pelicans in formation are fantastic. There are all types of vendors, restaurants, or amusement park games and rides. Get your fortune told or your head sculpted in clay. Do not miss the free guided tours of the Santa Monica pier starting at the historic and beautiful carousel.
Broad, beautiful beach with promanade and paths for running. A real treat for me was the huge working out area by Santa Monica pier with pull up bars, rings (short and long), high rope and a grass area for hand balancing. When you walk to Venice there is the famous outdoors Muscle Gym (which was originally in Santa Monica) founded by Joe Weider. Oh, and did I mention perfect weather? I was there at winter time (Jan) and it averaged 25 Celsius.
We hired bikes and rode down to Venice beach. That was a very nice experience. We saw people playing games and keeping active. That was great to see. Coming from Australia, we are very spoiled with our beaches, so the actual beach for us was nothing exciting, but it is always lovely to be by the sea...
I'm not a fan of Los Angeles, especially not the Downtown area. But hey, a visit to the relaxing beach compensates for having to spend a lot of time Downtown for business...
We went to Santa Monica beach but the day was windy and the water cold so we did not swim. The surroundings are nice (merry go round, many bars and restaurants).
Santa Monica Pier is beautiful. Venice Beach is definitely worth a look, plenty of character.