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Los Angeles in Four Days, Part II - Venice Beach and Santa Monica

On our second day, we caught the free USA Hostels Hollywood shuttle to Venice Beach and then walked along the shore all the way to Santa Monica. We easily managed to spend the whole day just walking around - we didn't go back to our hostel until after sunset! While the distance between the two beaches is a mere 5 km, they are very different from each other - Venice Beach has a bohemian vibe and also many homeless people and drug addicts while Santa Monica is more family-friendly with its pier full of fun activities.

Venice Beach has a lot of street art, street vendors and skaters. The Boardwalk is bustling with quirky little coffee shops and boutiques, buskers and people of all kinds. The general vibe is very artsy, creative and free-spirited, and like in Hollywood, the smell of marijuana is lingering in the air everywhere. The place is colourful, thanks to the many murals and graffitis everywhere, including on palm tree trunks. See for yourself!










Venice Beach is also very LGBTQ+ …

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