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Hotels in Venice near Venice Beach

Venice Beach Introduction

Vibrant Venice Beach has been a magnet for visitors to California's Pacific coast since the resort town of Venice was founded in 1905. Located near Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Venice Beach is best known for its Ocean Front Walk, usually called the Boardwalk. This oceanfront promenade stretches for 1.5 miles and for decades has helped to make Venice Beach a bohemian destination. It's filled with musicians, jugglers, performers, and street vendors, creating a colorful spectacle under the palm trees. Look out for the skate park, as well as Muscle Beach, home to the US bodybuilding scene.

Hotels near Venice Beach

Many of the hotels in Venice Beach are in the middle of the price range, but there are some luxury options, too. Hotels in the area are often small, boutique-style places, some either on the beach or with views of the sands. Some also come with roof terraces and kitchenettes. The best time to visit Venice Beach is from March to May, or from September to November. Prices shoot up during the summer months, which is when the beach resorts near Los Angeles become crowded and very hot. You'll find bargains during the winter, but you're also likely get caught in the rain.

Where to stay near Venice Beach

If you're looking for a romantic break, you might choose one of the hotels overlooking Venice Beach. You'll have a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants on your doorstep. Travelers with children might want to consider the neighboring district of Marina del Rey, which features Marina Beach (nicknamed "Mother's Beach"), a sheltered sandy cove with a playground for kids. If you want a wider range of accommodation, then check out the hotels in Santa Monica. It's only 2.5 miles from Venice Beach, and is a major Californian destination in its own right.

Things to see near Venice Beach

One of the resort's highlights is the series of canals created by Venice's founder, tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney. It's a few blocks up from Venice Beach. You could also check out the vivid artwork on display on the Venice Public Art Walls along the beach. If you're looking for off-the-wall shopping, visit the boutiques in Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The weekly Farmers' Market is the place to pick up fresh Californian produce. For a change of scenery, try heading 2.7 miles to Santa Monica Pier and its popular aquarium.

How to get to Venice Beach

The easiest way to get around Venice Beach is on foot. There's parking by the beach (Highway 1 runs close by), but the lots get filled up quickly during high season. Venice Beach is served by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which operates buses to and around the resort. There are direct buses linking Venice Beach to Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. Buses also go into Los Angeles, covering districts such as Hollywood and Downtown. If you're coming from Los Angeles International Airport, you can hop on a bus to Venice Beach that has a journey time of just under an hour.