Rainbow Lifeguard Tower at Venice Beach in California
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Venice Beach to Santa Monica: A Fun One Day Itinerary

Venice Beach and Santa Monica are two super beautiful beaches to visit when in Los Angeles that you don’t want to miss. Get ready to have a fun-filled day visiting the best from Venice Beach to Santa Monica using this itinerary!

Combined, there are 5 miles of pristine beaches to explore that is definitely touristy but locations you need to visit at least once. Sights include an amusement park, canals, art murals, piers, and delicious food, making these two cities an exciting eclectic mix!

So many fun things to see from Venice Beach to Santa Monica such as the Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier.

Venice Beach got its start in the early 1900s by the tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney and why you see his name a lot. He took a swampy marsh area and developed it to become the “Venice of America” and a destination many would want to see.

Santa Monica got its start a little earlier in the late 1880s when the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in Los Angeles and needed a port. It was short-lived but Santa Monica was the main LA port until it changed to San Pedro Bay.

Standing on a bridge and looking up to another white wooden bridge at the Venice Canals. The Venice Canals are a top attraction when visiting Venice Beach to Santa Monica.

It ended up working out as Santa Monica became known for amusement parks and drew many to enjoy. From there the rest is history as both Venice Beach and Santa Monica expanded to become a huge tourist hub!

Fun Facts: The Santa Monica Pier was the first pier on the West Coast to be made of concrete. And, the original lifeguards at Santa Monica were all men who were quite the attraction, and many of whom were stuntmen for Hollywood!

Where Is Venice Beach and Santa Monica?

Venice Beach and Santa Monica are two popular Los Angeles beaches located along the Pacific Coast of Southern California.

Venice Beach is located south of Santa Monica Beach and north of Playa Del Rey and Manhattan Beach.

Santa Monica Pier and Beach can be found where the 10 Freeway ends literally at the beach. It also happens to be where the famous Route 66 ends!

From Venice Beach to Santa Monica, you have 5 miles of stunning coastline to explore…

View from the Santa Monica Pier of Santa Monica Beach and the ocean with many people having a great time on a sunny day

How To Get There

If you are flying into Los Angeles, then you will likely be coming from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is south of Venice Beach and Santa Monica. From LAX, expect it to take about 20 mins to reach them.

There are multiple airports throughout Los Angeles County so a few other options to fly into are Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR).

From downtown Los Angeles, the drive to both beaches is about 35 – 40 minutes. If you are coming from San Diego International Airport (SAN), the drive is about 2 – 2.5 hours.

Explore the best flight deals for your upcoming trip here!

The Santa Monica Pier sign in the form of a star in blue and white painted at the end of the pier.

How To Get Around

If you only plan to spend your time on the beaches of Los Angeles, then I would probably not rent a car. Finding a parking spot can be challenging and not worth it.

But if you will be seeing several areas of Los Angeles then yes, I highly recommend renting a car to get around. If you are staying at a hotel in Venice Beach or Santa Monica, they will likely have parking available for you. But for a fee of about $40 to $48 per day.

And unless you find street parking (check signs) then you will likely be paying $40 per day for overnight.

A side view of a beautiful white wooden latticed bridge over the canal and a red canoe in the foreground.

If you are just coming in for the day there are 3 main public parking lots for Venice Beach that are open from 6:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight). The cost will be around $15 for the entire day.

  • South City Parking Lot – Near Venice Canals (2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291)
  • North City Parking Lot – End of Rose Ave (300 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291)
  • Washington Blvd Lot – Near Venice Pier (3100 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291)

For detailed parking options for Santa Monica, visit this site here. Once parked the easiest way to get around is by foot or bike!

And if you want to avoid driving and parking altogether then jump on the LA Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour and save some headaches! If you take the Beach Loop (Blue route), there are drop points in both Venice Beach and Santa Monica!

If you do decide to rent a car, find the best rates here!

Note: No matter where you park, do not leave any valuables or anything visible in your car!

Best Time To Visit Venice Beach And Santa Monica

You really can’t go wrong visiting Southern California any time of the year as the weather is pretty amazing.

But if you want optimal sunny and warm beach days then April through October is your overall best bet.

With that said, June will likely be the least desirable during that time as the coast of California tends to get very foggy in the mornings and which we locals call “June gloom”.

Does it happen every day? Not necessarily but likely the sun won’t show its face until about noon or 1:00 pm.

A bunch of people hanging out at the end of the Santa Monica Pier looking out onto the Pacific Ocean.

You can catch some wonderful beach days in March too but the warmest days will be in late July through October.

If you are looking for a winter getaway then there are plenty of sunny but cooler days in November through March. The ocean just might be a little too cold to take a dip in.

The temperatures don’t vary too much throughout the year ranging from about 58 F to 80 F with of course a few heat waves in late summer that may get hotter. If there is any rain, it will likely be in January, February, and possibly May.

Where To Stay In Venice Beach or Santa Monica

When on vacation, what better location than staying at the beach! Each of these hotels is right on the beach or steps from it. You can’t go wrong with any of these…

Venice Beach:

Santa Monica:

 

The bright turquoise with yellow trim vintage Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.

Fun Tours To Take

If you are only spending a day, then you might not have time or taking a tour might not be a priority. But if you want to learn more about the cool and funky aspects of Venice Beach or Santa Monica, these tours are great!

LA Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour – An excellent way to get around LA and with drop-off stops in both Venice Beach and Santa Monica!

Venice Beach & Santa Monica Bike Tour – Explore the best of both Venice Beach and Santa Monica on an electric bike tour!

Kayak & Paddleboard Tour – Get in a little exercise and see sea lions and other marine life next to Venice Beach.

Private Surf Lesson – Learn how to surf on the famous Venice Beach with a private lesson!

People hanging out and walking along the Venice Beach boardwalk and with a huge fun art mural on the side of one building.

Beach Trip Essentials

Venice Beach to Santa Monica 1 Day Itinerary

1. Grab A Cup Of Coffee

What better way to get your morning started than with an excellent cup of coffee and possibly a donut or two….

There are a handful of fantastic places to get a cup of coffee along the beautiful 2 mile stretch of Venice Beach. Any of these spots are the perfect way to kick off your day touring Venice Beach to Santa Monica!

  • Intelligentsia (1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291)
  • Menotti’s (56 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291)
  • Blue Bottle Coffee (1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291)

If are a donut lover, then head over to Blue Star Donuts and enjoy the yummiest donuts and great coffee!

  • Blue Star Donuts (1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291)

Or if you would rather start out with a breakfast that is dynamite then head over to Eggslut! Omg, their gourmet egg sandwiches are phenomenal! I promise you won’t be disappointed…

  • Eggslut (1611 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291)

2. Venice Canals

If you haven’t already seen the lovely Venice Canals in a movie or show then you may be confused as to how are their Venice Canals in California?

Although it might not be Italy, the Venice Canals have a ton of charm and is such an idyllic setting!

A white wooden bridge over one of many canals in the charming neighborhood of Venice Canals lined with very nice houses.

Walking over a wooden bridge that is white and crosses a canal. Palm trees are across the way with a very nice house.

Many fun boats, kayaks and a paddle boat in the shape of a black swan are among the fun and colorful things that can be seen along the docks of the Venice Canals.

Just a few blocks off of Venice Beach the Venice Canals run between 28th Avenue and S. Venice Blvd. In 1905, Abbot Kinney built and developed the man-made canals as he wanted a “Venice of America”.

I don’t blame him as who wouldn’t want a bit of Venice, Italy here? His goal was to create the look and feel of the canals in Italy but with a Californian palm tree flair. In the beginning, there were even gondoliers on these Southern California canals!

Myself sitting on a bridge with the beautiful Venice Canals lined with luxury houses and palm trees.

View across from one side of the canal looking at idyllic beach cottages that are very nice with colorful kayaks at their dock in the Venice Canals.

A lovely view of two green canoes docked with the canals, houses and palm trees in the distance.

Once cars became more popular in the 1920s and 1930s, the canals were no longer a hit. By the 1930s several of the canals were filled in to make room for roads. From that point, the canals were sadly in disrepair until the 1990s!

Today, the Venice Canals are a Historical Landmark and one of the top Venice Beach attractions! There are still 6 canals that have the cutest to incredibly luxurious houses lining this now sought-after neighborhood.

It is the perfect place to go for a walk, wander over beautiful bridges, and dream about owning one of the very pricey homes! There are plenty of excellent photography spots to keep you busy too.

A pretty white wooden bridge crossing the canal with gorgeous houses on the sides and beautiful reflection of the palm trees and bridge in the water.

Tips: Want to get a peek of the canals that were featured in a well-known movie? Watch Valentine’s Day as it is not only a cute movie but has some great shots of the canals.

Note: Expect to spend about 45 minutes to an hour here. Free to visit but remember people live here so be respectful and don’t attempt to go in yards or bother the residents.

3. Venice Beach

Venice Beach spans 3 miles on California’s coastline and is a very wide beach. From the boardwalk, it is a good trek to the water or at least more so than many beaches. Don’t worry it is only a few minutes walk.

If you have ever heard of Venice Beach, it is likely to conjure up images of men pumping iron with enormous muscles since 1951.

This section of Venice Beach is referred to as Muscle Beach as there are a lot of people sweating it out on workout equipment right there on the beach!

The wide and sandy Venice Beach with bright colored buildings of the boardwalk and palm trees in the background

The most famous names to have worked out here are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and Lou Ferrigno. And yes, you do need to pay to be able to work out at Muscle Beach. There are options for a daily pass, monthly or yearly.

Standing on Venice Beach that is very wide looking north along the coastline

After you have had your fill of watching bodybuilders show off their physiques, make your way onto the beach.

Either relax sunbathing on the sand or take a dip into the ocean! Unless it is a holiday weekend there is more than enough space to call your own.

Lifeguard towers are iconic to the beaches of Southern California but there is one that stands out! You can’t miss the vibrantly colored rainbow Lifeguard Tower known as the Pride Lifeguard Tower.

It was painted in 2017 and dedicated to the first openly gay city councilman, Bill Rosendahl.

The Pride Lifeguard Tower on Venice Beach that is painted in bright colors as a rainbow

The backside of the Rainbow Pride Lifeguard Tower with a plaque for its dedication

The tower was supposed to be painted temporarily but people fought to keep it and I’m glad they did. It is eye-catching, so I doubt you will miss it (north of the skatepark and outdoor gym)!

4. Stroll The Venice Boardwalk

In contrast to the quaint and serene Venice Canals or Venice Beach, The Venice Boardwalk is much livelier, a little chaotic, and filled with interesting characters! It is an awesome place to hang out if you love to people watch.

People walking and riding their bikes along the Venice Beach boardwalk with palm trees lining the way

For years it had the reputation of having a lot of homeless, hippies, and street performers. And it still is quirky! But it is a lot more cleaned up with tons of shops, tattoo parlors, places to eat, and more.

Don’t be deterred, as the unusual individuals you will encounter are part of the Venice Beach vibe!

A fun shop on the boardwalk with a surfer shark statue who is extremely buff in front of a surf shop

The best way to see the boardwalk is by foot but there are plenty of people on bikes and skateboards too.

You can explore the 2-mile boardwalk that runs along Venice Beach at your leisure and see as much as you want!

5. Lunch At Zelda’s Corner

If you want an incredible sandwich in the cutest sandwich shop then Zelda’s Corner is the place! Since it is located about a block off the boardwalk it has more of a local’s feel than being super touristy.

Front view of Zelda's Corner and the umbrella covered tables out front

Order your sandwich and enjoy it on one of the outdoor tables taking in the daily life at Venice Beach. The sandwiches are made of the highest quality ingredients and with the freshest bread and baguettes that are so delicious!

A close up view of a yummy sandwich at Zelda's in Venice Beach

The Turkey Reuben and the Vermonster oh my! So, so good… The best sandwiches around. They also serve up breakfast burritos and sandwiches too. Oh, and did I mention that they make the cutest mini donuts? Grab a bag to go and enjoy as you wander…

Address: 9 Westminster Ave, Venice, CA 90291

6. Colorful Art Murals

Next, explore the fun and colorful art murals that are scattered on buildings in Venice Beach. Most of these cool murals can be seen walking along Abbot Kinney Blvd or the Venice Beach Boardwalk. And of course, a few here and there on streets in between.

A beautiful art mural in bright blues with an interesting modern take on the famous painting "Venus".

Although not an art mural per se, make your way over the rainbow crosswalk!  It is located on Abbot Kinney Blvd in honor and remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

Stonewall Uprising took place in 1969 in NYC and consisted of riots where gays protested against unfair treatment and oppression by the police.

The graffiti art walls on Venice Beach in California

If you didn’t already see the Graffiti Art Walls on Venice Beach, make sure you check out these colorful displays of art! They are located a little south of the skatepark.

Bright neon graffiti colored paint covers the base of the palm trees and random structures on Venice Beach

If you are hot and need a little cooling off, grab an ice cream cone at Salt & Straw! Originating in Portland this ice cream is handmade ice cream filled with goodness…

I used to live in Portland and when it first opened up the lines were forever. Now they luckily have several stores in California.

Venice Beach, USA - The Venice sign hanging over Windward Avenue at daytime. There are signs affixed to houses saying tattoo, hotel and hostel. People are walking by and many cars are parked. Mural paintings are also part of the scenery, as well as the beach and the pacific ocean in the background.

Although you can’t miss it, the “Venice” hanging sign is a fun attraction as it hangs over the intersection of Windward and Pacific Avenue. A “Venice” sign has been hanging out here since 1905 but the one you see today is a newer version.

Salt & Straw Address: 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

7. Santa Monica Beach

The easiest way to get from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier area, is by walking, bike or taking an Uber/Lyft. If you are already parked, you don’t want to deal with having to find and pay for yet another parking spot.

Santa Monica Beach is 3-miles long and a beautiful wide sandy beach that runs both north and south of the Santa Monica Pier. The best things to do on Santa Monica Beach?

View of the sandy wide Santa Monica Beach from the Santa Monica Pier. On a sunny day the water has a greenish turquoise color.

Layout and get a suntan or have some fun playing in the waves. It really is a gorgeous beach and is perfect for a chill and relaxing afternoon.

Note: If you want to walk from Venice Beach, it is about a 2-mile stretch and will likely take you around 45 minutes.

8. Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the top attractions in Los Angeles and has been featured in countless, TV shows, movies, and commercials. The first time I visited the Santa Monica Pier, I was amazed at how many activities there are on one pier!

Entrance to Pacific Park amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier that is colorful and filled with fun.

There is Pacific Park which is a modern-day amusement park with a Ferris Wheel, games, cotton candy, funnel cake, and plenty more. If you aren’t scared of heights then give flying through the sky on a trapeze a try! Yes, there is a trapeze school where you can learn.

At the very beginning of the pier, you can take a peek at life under the sea by visiting Heal The Bay Aquarium.

Official sign for the end of the famous Route 66 sign on the Santa Monica Pier.

Route 66 collectibles and signs in a clear viewing box on the Santa Monica Pier in California.

And one of the things that make the Santa Monic Pier so famous is that Route 66 ends here!

Yep, the 2,448 miles of Route 66 begins in Chicago, Illinois, and runs through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California! You can take a picture with the sign that marks the official end of Route 66.

Standing at the end of the Santa Monica Pier looking back towards shore viewing the amusement park and Ferris Wheel.

A closeup view of the colorful Ferris Wheel and amusement park on the pier.

And if you aren’t into games or hopping on a Ferris Wheel, one of my favorite activities is to just walk the entire length of the pier and get outstanding views of the coastline and the Pacific Ocean…

9. Santa Monica Camera Obscura

I would only include visiting the Santa Monica Camera Obscura if you have the time and it interests you. But it is by no means the top thing to see in Santa Monica!

The Camera Obscura is one of many that can be found throughout the world and are very fascinating if you have a love for photography and how images were captured back in the day. I have only been to the one in Scotland, Edinburgh and I loved it!

The front of Camera Obscura building in brown with white lettering for the sign.

Built in 1898, this old-school camera documented life at Santa Monica Beach and was a way to draw visitors to the area. It was the earliest version known to project images that evolved into photography that we know today.

Address: 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (near the entrance to the Pier). Closed on Sundays. Open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm all other days.

10. Drinks With A View

By now you have had a very long and fun day exploring Venice Beach and Santa Monica, so wind down the day with cocktails with a beach view! If you want to be able to see the entire beach, pier, and the Pacific Ocean, get yourself a drink at the ONYX Rooftop Bar.

The ONYX Rooftop Bar provides excellent views to take in the sunset over the Pacific all while sipping cocktails and reminiscing about your day! The rooftop bar sits atop the Hotel Shangri-La and is the perfect spot to unwind.

Address: 1301 Ocean View Ave, #1019, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (about 3 blocks north of the pier).

11. Dinner On The Beach

They are numerous places to get dinner but why not dine on the beach to enjoy the ocean air and stunning views? Everyone’s taste buds will crave something different, so here are a few great choices for a dinner on the beach!

  • The Lobster (1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401): Serving up lobster of course, and other yummy seafood entrees!
  • Blue Streak (1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401): Traditional American dishes with upscale burgers, salads, and flatbread.
  • Shutters On The Beach (1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405): Has 2 restaurants to choose from, 1 Pico and Coast. 1 Pico serves California Coastal Cuisine and Coast is the more casual dining option.
  • BOA Steakhouse (101 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401): An awesome steakhouse that also offers a few seafood dishes too.

Note: In case you stay another day and want to enjoy lunch on the beach, go to:

  • Back On The Beach Café (445 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402): Great for burgers, salads, and fish tacos.

Have a fabulous time exploring Venice Beach to Santa Monica!

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52 Comments

  1. Love Santa Monica and Venice Beach. I’ve stayed here a couple of times – the last time to celebrate my 50th birthday with 7 of my friends. We had a blast! I didn’t know the history of Santa Monica so thanks for sharing!

    1. That would be such a fun place to celebrate a birthday and as a girls trip! Glad you enjoyed reading it! 🙂

  2. Fond memories of both places, Vanessa, thanks for bringing them back. How crazy that Santa Monica was the main port of Los Angeles for a short time! Also, to my shame, I have to admit I had no idea Venice Beach has actual canals like in Venice, I think I never left the beach while there. Pretty cool, those canals.

    1. That’s so great it brought back good memories. There is a lot to do but sometimes hanging out at the beach takes priority. Haha. The Venice Canals are so pretty and a spot you should visit next time! 🙂

    1. Yes, if you don’t plan to do a lot of driving, taking the bus or an Uber/Lyft is the way to go! 🙂

  3. Two places I’ve always wanted to visit – they seem so quintessentially ‘American’ to me. I love the look of the canals, shame some of them were filled in. Wouldn’t mind a little house next to one of them (better hope my lottery numbers come up!).

    1. I hope you get to see and experience both Venice Beach and Santa Monica soon one day! Yes, they are very American and are super touristy yet iconic to see. Haha, yes the price tag for those houses along the canals is not cheap. A lot of famous people have lived there over the years. One day when you hit the lottery… 🙂

  4. Love the graffiti art walls so much! I once watched someone put his feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time right near the Santa Monica Pier. Thanks for bringing me back!

    1. The art is so cool in Venice Beach! The art walls are so unique and really stand out against the sand. That would have been the coolest thing to see someone step in the Pacific for the first time. I sometimes take the beach for granted living so close but it really is a phenomenal experience for the first time! 🙂

  5. Venice Beach and Santa Monica always remind me of movies! I’d love to visit and explore. Starting the day with a coffee on the beach sounds like a great idea!

    1. Yes! So many movies and shows are filmed at both of them that they are pretty famous spots to visit! Having a coffee on the beach is the best way to start the day. 🙂

  6. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you that out of all the great places you listed in the Venice and Santa Monica area, the one that stood out to me is EggSluts. I’ve been there!! Haha. I love that area and there’s so much to .. eat 🙂

    1. Haha too funny and it doesn’t surprise me! Yes, Eggslut is so good! I wish they had one down in San Diego… It is a fun location to see and do a lot! 🙂

  7. I love this fun day itinerary – there is so much to do and see in only one day. My favorite thing was to Stroll The Venice Boardwalk and stop along the way for pictures, drinks, and snacks, while I could do people’s watch. What a great guide and I cannot wait to visit again.

    1. Thank you! Yes, people watching and hanging out at the Venice boardwalk is so fun and is an attraction in itself! 🙂

  8. Ok, we admit it – our only trip here was on one of those touristy AF minvan tours of Beverly Hills and the beaches and we had about half an hour at each place. That meant missing the canals in favor of muscle beach etc. This is a really insightful guide that shows there’s plenty more to experience.

    1. Haha too funny! We all gotta do the super touristy things at least once! The canals are one of my favorite spots there and so quiet and tranquil which is opposite of the beach area. I hope you get a chance to go back one day! 🙂

    1. It is a bit confusing at first to see “Venice Canals” in California! That area of Venice Beach is so pretty and quiet compared to the more hectic pace on the beach. Yes, the rainbow lifeguard tower is a fun addition to the beach. 🙂

  9. I would love to visit both of these beaches. Looks like there is a lot more to do than just swimming or sunbathing. Thanks for all the tips. I would have never known things like about the gloomy June days. I had heard of Venice Beach, but I didn’t know about the Venice Canals either.

    1. I’m glad you found the tips helpful! Yes, May and June can be so gloomy that most visiting are expecting California to be sunny always but those months tend to foggy. The Venice Canals are a wonderful place to visit if you are ever in the area! 🙂

  10. I love Santa Monica! Can’t wait to try some of your suggestions for dining and tours. Thank you so much for putting this together-I will definitely try some of your suggestions the next time I get there.

    1. You’re welcome! There is a lot to do and see in both Venice Beach and Santa Monica to keep you busy with fun! 🙂

  11. Wow there is so much to do in a day! I went when I was younger but this makes me want to go back!

  12. Damn they know how to charge for parking there. Crazy. I didn’t know much about the canals there, but they ate beautiful. A fitting tribute to city that inspired them. Nor did i know about your June weather. Surprised at that, I assumed all summer was amazing there. Another excellent informative article.

    1. Parking prices are crazy! But that is pretty normal in any major city in the U.S. sadly. The canals are so lovely and a spot I think you would enjoy but not in June! Haha. Yes, people come in June and are like I thought California was sunny? It is most of the year except those gloomy late spring/early summer days. Luckily it usually burns off by the afternoon. 🙂

  13. I’m gutted that we didn’t manage to visit Santa Monica or Venice Beach when we were in LA. I love how vibrant and lively Venice Beach looks! Definitely a good excuse to go back! Thanks for the great guide!

    1. That is definitely a great reason to go back to LA for a visit! Both beaches have a really fun and high energy vibe. 🙂

  14. I didn’t know that history! Neat!
    We have been to both a couple of times and they are great! Must get to the canals next time!

    1. I’m glad you had a great time visiting them before. Yes, make visiting the canals top on your list next time as they are lovely to explore. 🙂

  15. Such a vibrant colorful place to visit . I would love to take a kayak & paddleboard tour. So much to do in one day but definitely seems worthwhile.

    1. Both Venice Beach and Santa Monica are a lot of fun and colorful which makes them so interesting. I hope you get the chance to visit one day soon! 🙂

  16. I’ve always wanted to visit LA, I’m making it a priority when the Canada/USA border finally reopens! Santa Monica and Venice Beach will definitely be on my list to visit there. The Graffiti Art Walls on Venice Beach look so cool!

    1. There is a lot of vibrant art in the area but the Graffiti Art Walls are so unique and stand out on the beach! Yes, a visit to LA once the borders open up will be a fun trip! 🙂

  17. I’ve been to LA a few times and when I have it’s always Santa Monica or Venice where I stay. Love the area. The beaches are so beautiful and there are so many amazing places to walk, shop, eat and take amazing photos. What a great guide

    1. Thank you! That is so great to hear that you love that area and make them go to places when in LA. So much to do with great energy that makes for a fun time. 🙂

    1. I’m glad that reading about Venice Beach and Santa Monica has inspired you to visit one day! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Denise! Even though they are close to the beach, the canals are a bit hidden. But maybe that is why I love them as you don’t have big crowds. 🙂

  18. Ahhh!! I used to live in the area but had no idea about the pride lifeguard tower – that’s so freaking cool! I’ll have to go back now!

    1. It definitely stands out on the beach and is so colorful and pretty! Yes, a great reason to go back for a visit to see it. 🙂

  19. This Venice Beach to Santa Monica guide is incredibly helpful. You’ve really thought through everything you need to know before planning a trip. Thank you for this helpful resource. Saving this guide for later!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you find it helpful and plan to use it when you do visit. Have a wonderful time! 🙂

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