Venice, Los Angeles


The Venice district of Los Angeles is a beachside community on the far west side of the city. It is well known not only for the beach, but also a gritty and touristy oceanfront walk with tacky novelty shops, medicinal pot clinics and hordes of hippies and tourists and the lovely canals, which give the area its name.


This stretch of beach is wide, white and generally clean and beautiful.


The canals, first dug in the early 20th century as a means to drain the marshes and draw residents and tourists. The developers even constructed Venetian style architecture and installed gondolas on the canals to mimic the original Venice. Today, one can take a lovely walk along the canals and over the bridges, while gawking at the outrageously priced real estate lining the canals.