An eclectic mix of luxe canal front mansions, eccentric Californian characters and the iconic Ocean Front Walk, Venice is one of LA’s most eclectic neighbourhoods. People watching is the order of the day, with locals flocking to the beach, basketball courts, skate park and weekend farmer’s market to check out the crowds.
Without a doubt, Venice’s four-kilometre long, pedestrian-only promenade steals the spotlight. Colloquially known as Venice Boardwalk, it’s a treat for the eyes and the senses. Street performers, artists and magicians standing alongside ice cream parlours and al fresco restaurants, where “happy hour” never seems to end.
Given LA’s car culture, the best way to access Venice is on four wheels. Most visitors choose to hire a car, though taxis and rideshare services like Uber are also readily available. Once in Venice, exploring the neighbourhood by foot is the best way to experience its quirks.
Venice has always had holiday roots and was founded as a seaside resort back in 1905 by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney. He originally named the resort Venice of America and anchored it with an arcade lined with Venetian-inspired architecture. It’s been attracting sun seekers ever since, with the famous Venice canals emerging as one of the USA’s most coveted postcodes.