Venice Beach, CA

May 8, 2010 | Category: California, Oceans, Travel

Lifeguard post on Venice Beach

Lifeguard post on Venice Beach

Venice Beach is a trip… You’ve got the sandy beach, rocky outcroppings, and the vibrant Venice Beach Promenade. Definitely a memorable place! What’s it like? Well let’s take a look!

The Promenade

So first and foremost, when you hear about Venice Beach, you’re gonna hear about the promenade.

Basically it’s a boardwalk that runs right along the sandy beach, fully of vendors selling all sorts of things… Paintings, medical marijuana, airplanes made out of coke cans, psychics and healers, food, a guy making art by burning lines into pieces of wood with a magnifying glass, tight elastic pants that look like jeans, and lots of cool random stuff.

Wanna see for yourself? Let’s go for a walk together and see the sights and sounds of the promenade. πŸ™‚

Along the walk I was really happy to see this Coors Light sign. Not because of the beer itself, but because it’s produced in Golden, CO, which is where the Colorado Mountain Club was and where I got to spend some time while still back in Colorado. Ah Colorado… I love you. πŸ™‚

Coors sign and Oxygen Bar sign in Venice Beach

Coors sign and Oxygen Bar sign in Venice Beach

The Beach

Walking along the beach, you find areas with these butterfly-shaped seashells…

Butterfly shells on Venice Beach

Butterfly shells on Venice Beach

One thing I like to be mindful of, particularly since I like discovering cool little finds like this, is to be mindful of the overall setting and not letting the general environment be overlooked. With that said, here’s a view of the beach, with sand, lifeguard posts, beach umbrellas, trash cans, ocean, waves, blue sky, and all!

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Ooh, you see that rocky splashy area in the distance? Let’s go play! πŸ˜€

Crashing waves on the rocks of Venice Beach

Crashing waves on the rocks of Venice Beach

Turns out Venice Beach has this bouldery barrier area which can provide loads of entertainment.

Here’s a video of the waves crashing against the rocks from this location, so you can see it and hear it in action!

and now let’s get a little more adventurous by running up and down these rocks, running out of the way so that we don’t get drenched by the waves, but still staying close so we can play with the crashing waves! (I’ve had 3 cameras die by water thus far and want my iPhone to stay safe and dry!!)

As for the shoes I was wearing in the video, they were my Vibram Fivefingers KSO’s (video review). Great way to enjoy the fun of being barefoot while still getting the protection and traction that comes wearing shoes. πŸ™‚

Vibram Five Fingers KSO's on the beach

Vibram Five Fingers KSO's on the beach

And as for the beaches here, it seems that the beaches here tend to have something they’re known for… the Santa Monica beach has a ferris wheel and amusement park. Manhattan Beach has a cafe out on the end of a pier. Venice Beach has its promenade. Cool stuff!

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