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Venice Beach

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach, Venice, California

For those craving a more interactive beach excursion, consider a trip to Venice Beach, located in warm Southern California. There is a three-mile stretch of clean beach and activities to satisfy your summer-time agenda. The community of Venice accommodates visitors with easy-to-rent surf, skim and body boards, as well as several volleyball nets to use at your leisure. Besides a beautiful panoramic of the Pacific, the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk makes this destination unforgettable. Street performers, restaurants, art vendors and novelty shops decorate this diverse tourist attraction. Other hot spots include the 16,000 sq. foot Venice Skatepark located on the beach, and the Muscle Beach Gym, former training arena for body builders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.

Venice Beach Tips

Parking: There is a lot at the end of Venice Boulevard that charges $3 to $10 daily. There are other lots within walking distance that provide free shuttle service. Private lots charge up to $25 per day. Your best bet to find convenient parking is to arrive at the beach early.

Practice standard beach safety and adhere to warning signs. Respect the ocean, marine life, surfers and other patrons. Lifeguards are on duty to address any concerns.

There is no admission fee to walk along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

The street performers and artists are there to entertain, and hopefully gain a little profit for their craft. If you stay and watch a performer’s entire show or admire an artist’s work, it is customary to tip with $1 bills.

Manresa State Beach and Sunset State Beach, South Santa Cruz County, California

Following Highway 1 South, there is a lovely expanse of quiet, spacious beaches just past Aptos, California. About 20 minutes removed from the often impacted beaches in Santa Cruz, Manresa and Sunset State Beaches possess everything you’d expect from a fulfilling beach visit, minus the crowd. The unobstructed miles of sand are perfect for long walks and running. These beaches are excellent destinations for families, as there is usually always room to comfortably spread out. There is plenty of sand from the tree- lined bluff to the shoreline. Make your trip an overnighter and stay at the Sunset State Beach wooded campgrounds. There is also camping offered at Manresa Uplands Campgrounds, just one mile south of Manresa State Beach. Both campgrounds feature restrooms and showers and are located near to shopping centers. Both beaches are great venues for surfing, water play, recreation and fishing.

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