It simply wouldn’t be a trip to California without a visit to Venice Beach. This iconic little slice of bohemian life has stayed true to its eclectic roots over the years, despite the overall gentrification of the Venice area and the plethora of coffee shops and high end stores popping up around it. Stroll down the 2.5-mile boardwalk and watch performers and artists create, or check out the muscle mania and endless workouts at the beachside gym. Wide swaths of sand make it easy to relax and soak in the sun, or you can even play a little beach volleyball if you’d like!
Long Beach City Beach
Locally known as Junipero Beach, Long Beach City Beach stretches along Ocean Boulevard in the city of Long Beach, covering a total of four miles. There is a wide paved pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as a grass park area, restrooms and showers. Parking is available both in the designated parking lots and on the streets, with stairs that descend to the beach from street level at various intervals. Breakwaters built in the 1940’s protect the area from strong ocean waves, which makes it a safe swimming spot during most of the year.