"Venice, but in California" Top 5 Page for this destination Venice by giampiero6

Venice Travel Guide: 158 reviews and 361 photos

Developer Abbott Kinney has a dream of turning his piece of southern California into a kind of Venice of the Southwest. Canals were dredged and homes built, and the name of the Italian city bestowed upon this place. Not much remains of that vision, except of a few square blocks of canals. What does remain is incredibly picturesque and lovely. You won't believe you're in the middle huge sprawling LA and only a few steps from skanky weird-o-ville Venice.

Besides the canals, Venice is full of stuff to do. The beach full of Muscle heads, roller disco nuts, graffiti guys, nut jobs, bums, drunks, exhibitionists is where tourist seem to stroll and see the 'wildlife.' It's an interesting freak show. There are also a couple of good surf breaks near the Venice pier and infront of Muscle Beach an area called 1st. jetty.

Venice has lots of cool spots to hang out and a surprisingly great set of restaurants and antique shops (pop culture stuff too) located mostly on Abbot Kinney street. Check it out it's cool!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely and Casual and Fun
  • Cons:A little seedy around the edges on the beach
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful, Weird, Fun, Great!
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2013
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Hi GP! Having passed Venice by bus and walking along the beach in Santa Monica on 14th of July I was sending my congratulations to you and your wife. Hope you have heard them. All the best greetings from Moscow after a wonderful trip around the USA! Sergey.

  • sunsea's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    I just love Venice! Great tips about LA. Greetings from cold, white Stockholm!

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Yes, here is what we say in Venice, California: " Schi e osi, fin ch ghe n, ciapi"

  • Kajron's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    They must speak VEnetian Language now!

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Ciao G. One of our friends recently leased out a 3 story condo over the boardwalk stores. To see the dump below and the money spent on the condos above is very weird. Primitivo looks like a great tapas bar. Great photo of the canal. L

  • JessieLang's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    I think I'd still rather go to the one in Italy!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Hi Giampiero, pleased meeting you in Portugal; greetings from Madrid!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    All I bought at the boardwalk was postcards.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2008 at 7:03 AM

    First time I've visited a page on Venice. I LOVE the canals! Absolutely gorgeous.

  • monina_c's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    happy birthday!

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