Beach Hopping along the Boardwalk
The boardwalk and bike path from Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades to Torrance County Beach in Torrance is a 22-mile stretch of activity. Rent a bike, segway, roller skates or roller blades and cruise as much of the coastline as you please. The Venice Boardwalk portion is packed with characters, shops and vendors and is perfect for picking up a souvenir. Longingly marvel at the strip of contemporarily designed beach houses like the one designed by Frank Gehry just north of the Venice Pier and then stroll down the pier to watch surfers and enjoy the panoramic views.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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Venice Beach Boardwalk: For that California Vibe
For artists, poets, rollerbladers, weight lifters, tie-dye lovers, ("medicinal") marijuana users, or just anyone looking to see the "eccentric" side of California, Venice Beach Boardwalk is a must. From boardwalk pubs and vender stands, to muscle beach and the b-ball courts, there's no escaping those crazy, classic California vibes here.
By Diana Smith