Bohemians, body builders, beach volleyball players, and epic skateboarders share the boardwalk.

An unconventional enclave along Los Angeles' coast, Venice combines alternative values with counter-culture street cred. A carnival atmosphere permeates throughout this beach town, emanating from its fire-breathing street performers and its spoken-word sidewalk expressionists. Venice may be over ten miles away from Downtown, but its endearingly outlandish mixture of upscale boutiques and seedy entertainment make the trek by bus or car infinitely worth it.

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On the Map

Venice is bordered by Culver City, Santa Monica, Del Rey, Mar Vista, and Marina Del Rey

LAX Airport: 15 minutes by car or 40 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 10 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 30 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 5 minutes by car
The Grove: 25 minutes by car

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Beaches, Boardwalks and Big Muscles on LA's Coast

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Originally built with Venice, Italy as its inspiration, this canal-filled neighborhood's bungalows, boutiques, boardwalk, and beach attract thousands of visitors to the area's seaside carnival.

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Venice's boardwalk spans two and a half miles along the shore.

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Without a doubt, Venice is vibrant.

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Its boundless energy keeps beachcombers and sunbathers feeling young.

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Beachside food trucks, fortune tellers, and poets-for-hire fill Venice with eats, ethereal wisdoms, and eloquent words.

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Its bold attitude permeates from its coast to its canals.

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Less buttoned-up than any of its counterparts along the coast, Venice's atmosphere often feels circus-like.

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It's merry-all-around.

Unstoppable Energy Along Venice's Boardwalk

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The energy is palpable along Venice Beach's boardwalk.

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Souvenir stalls, sunglass huts, and kitsch stands line the two and a half mile pedestrian-friendly promenade.

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Home to world-famous Muscle Beach, public recreation spaces, and a locally-renowned skate park, barbells, basketball courts, and concrete bowls live between the street and the sea in Venice.

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From skate performances to street performances, Venice's Ocean Front Walk challenges, dazzles, and delights.

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It's easy to spend a day, a week, or a year amid the carnival atmosphere.

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If you don't consider crowds an ideal accompaniment to experiencing the coast, Venice's boardwalk best be avoided.

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This seaside destination is loud, proud, and unapologetic.

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It's also quite friendly.

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Get used to the ruckus and indulge your senses.

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The boardwalk is Venice, unleashed.

Beyond the Boardwalk: Venice Beach

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Venice's actual beach gently slopes from the boardwalk to the break.

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Compared to much of the California coastline, Venice Beach is quite wide.

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Its expanse of sand offers plenty of sun-warmed real estate to post-up while you wait for waves or wind.

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Venice Beach is easy to love.

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Salute the sun.

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Until you return, Sun.

Beyond the Boardwalk: Shopping

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Boarders, bladers, groms, and moms-of-groms patronize Venice's off-the-boardwalk surf shops, beach shops, and boutiques.

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Venice's most popular thoroughfare commemorates the neighborhood's founder, Abbot Kinney.

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From vintage thrifts to street kicks, Mr. Kinney leaves behind quite a stylish legacy.

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Both of you.

Beyond the Boardwalk: Dining

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Like the rest of the neighborhood, Venice's culinary atmosphere is characterized by its laid-back approach.

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Coffee shops, outdoor cafes, and hip restaurants line Venice's coastal avenues.

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Many of them don't require shirt or shoes for service.

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Many of them don't even require opposable thumbs for service.

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The first Friday of every month, gourmet food trucks take their place along Abbot Kinney and serve the masses looking for fresh-from-the-van dining.

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Venice's cadre of culinary cars and cafes are joined by beach-town feeling bars.

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Modern Architecture as Modern Art

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Venice's architecture is as offbeat as its boardwalk lifestyle and man-made canal beginnings. Renowned architect, Frank Gehry, built his friend an observation post in the neighborhood.

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Paint splashes everywhere in Venice.

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From the walls of buildings to the tops of roofs, public art is on prominent display.

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Its apartment complexes and beach bungalows channel Venice's bohemian attitudes.

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So do its VW buses.

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Das auto.

Evening Etherealism

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Venice continues to shine even after the sun sets.

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The combination of big surf, big sand, and bright lights add to its evening allure.

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Alight for the night.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

Eleonora Ghioldi

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Eleonora is an Argentinean photographer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.  She loves to teach, photograph and work in personal projects.  She lives with her husband, four sons and their dog.