Los Angeles's most famous and historic beachfront is Venice Beach, where people from all different walks of life gather to enjoy the beautiful scenery and laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic beach community. With roots as a hangout for the artistic community—in the fifties, it served as a center for the Beat Generation —Venice today is a thriving mecca of tolerance and expression. The boardwalk, a.k.a. Ocean Front Walk, runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean and extends from Washington Boulevard in the south to Navy Street in the north. Venice Beach includes famed Muscle Beach, where Arnold Schwarzenegger got his start pumping iron. There are also paddle-tennis and beach-volleyball courts, the Skate Dancing Plaza, and plenty of places for adventurous skateboarders to make their mark. The beachfront basketball courts, always humming with activity, were famously featured in the film White Men Can't Jump. The Venice Breakwater is a celebrated surf spot north of the pier.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach, California 90291
Parking: Dawn-dusk M-Su

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Telephone Number: (310) 822-5425
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