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Venice Beach, You Stole My Heart…

I was lucky enough to spend almost a full month living in Venice Beach, with the most incredible host. Airbnb hooked me up with not only a humble abode, but also led me to a forever friendship. My experience in Venice was all I could have dreamed it to be, and so much more. Here’s Why!

The People

One of my favorite parts of travel are the people you meet along the way. My Venice roommate became my confidant, my tour guide, and most of all, my friend! Living with someone is the fastest way to get to know them, and I am so happy that I lived with Bluu! 

Besides my wonderful roommate, I also made some great new friends! There were my favorite Venice locals, that I had met months prior, and we picked up right where we left off! Then, there were the people I met when I was out and about. You never know who you are going to end up taking an Argentine Tango class with! 

The Places

There is no shortage of things to do here. Living walking distance to just about everything is a lifestyle that I can get use to. Especially with the beach so close by! You will never be bored in Venice, that is a guarantee. If you want to take a yoga class? You got it. Try a delicious food truck burrito? It’s there for you. You can spend each day exploring, and continuously find something new. 

The Things

When you are walking around in Venice, put your phone away, and look around… There is artwork everywhere you turn. Between beautifully crafted graffiti, to the natural wonder of the canals, the aesthetics of this city are breathtaking! 

Leaving Venice was difficult, but I know for a fact that I will be back. I thought a month would be more than enough time to explore, but I was wrong! I just can’t get enough of that beautiful SoCal air down in Venice Beach! 

Lauren’s Guide to Los Angeles: You can’t spell Lauren Without “LA”…

If you are thinking about planning a trip to L.A. here are some spots you shouldn’t miss!

Where to Brunch on Sunday Funday? Sunny Side, Venice Beach

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This place had me at $15 bottomless mimosas. Try the side of jerk potatoes, it was the most delicious starch I’ve ever had in my life. The vibe is awesome… chill music, chill people. And, you are about a half mile walk away from the beach.

Where to Watch the Sunset? Muscle Beach

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If you walk along the Venice Boardwalk until you reach the meat heads working out at muscle beach, and then walk left towards the ocean, there will be a ton of rocks jutting out into the Pacific. Not only is this spot my favorite for lounging, it is the most beautiful spot to sit and watch the sunset.

Where to Go Shopping? 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

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Picture the best mall you’ve ever been to. Now picture it outside, surrounded by palm trees, on steroids. That is the 3rd Street Promenade.

Where to Just Chill? Venice Beach Skatepark

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It is something you have to experience for yourself. The talent is incredible, and the vibe is so relaxed. Grab an iced coffee, and go hang out for a bit!

Where to People Watch? The Rusty Mullet, Hollywood

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Hollywood is overrated. Many people are extremely disappointed when the arrive, because it is a beautiful facade. If you are going to go, go during the day. Check out all the touristy things like the walk of fame and the Chinese Theater while it is still light out. Then, as the sun begins to set, Hollywood becomes Hollyweird. The Rusty Mullet has seats by a large open window, where you can get something to eat, have a beer, and watch all the interesting characters that walk by. Then, take an uber home.

The Happiest Hour?  Hermosa Beach Pier

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Allow some time in your trip to head down to the Redondo/Hermosa Beach area. There are a ton of bars near the Hermosa Beach Pier offering awesome happy hour specials. Fish tacos galore!

Where to see Artwork? Venice Boardwalk (especially on weekends!)

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I can’t emphasize enough how amazingly creative the city of Venice is. The boardwalk is filled with tents of artists displaying and selling their work. On weekends, the number of vendors nearly doubles! The work is spectacular, and talking to the artists themselves is really cool.

Best Beach? … anywhere. From Malibu, all the way down to Orange County! 

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If you’re in Los Angeles, stay by the coast!!!! No matter what beach you go to, you will be happy that you are there!

Yoga Class? Yoga Nest, Venice Beach

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Not only is the vibe of this place incredible, but you can go get a smoothie right downstairs at The Cow’s End Deli.

Where to Drink on a Rooftop?  The Perch, Downtown Los Angeles

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DTLA was not the city I expected it to be, but, coming from NY, I had pretty high expectations. However, if you want a beautiful view of the city while sipping on a martini, check out the Perch!

Where to Ride Your Bike? The Venice Canals

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This is a spot that I don’t think enough people visit when they are in Los Angeles… and it is a shame. The canals are breathtaking! Rent a bike from the boardwalk, and ride down the street to the canals… you won’t be sorry.