Pack your bikini, towel and sunhat, because we’re spending the day at Venice Beach, one of LA’s famed oceanside locales. Start the day off right by brunching at the Sidewalk Café, which New York Times magazine calls “the best place to people watch on Venice Beach.” Knock back a mimosa or two, then slather on some SPF 30 and grab your spot on the gorgeous sand to soak in some rays and thumb through the recent US Weekly for the latest celeb news.
After a dip in the refreshing ocean, stroll along the Boardwalk and pick up some postcards or souvenirs for friend back home or bargain for handmade jewelry and original art at the craft stalls. Hop on a bike or slip on some rollerblades from any number of rental locations along the Boardwalk and cruise on your wheels from Venice to Santa Monica and back again. Have your smartphone video camera ready when you stop by the Venice Skatepark to capture the impressive skateboarding skills of “Lords of Dogtown” inspiration.
Beefy men more up your alley? Hover around the famous outdoor gym at Muscle Beach to spot the latest dude preparing for Mr. Universe. A glance at the basketball courts near Muscle Beach showcases some guys with some serious street ball skills. Find a quiet place on the sand to take in one of the best sunsets on the West Coast, especially in the wintertime. Come prepared with plenty of dollar bills to tip the talented live street performers who dance, sing, perform magic, sometimes all at the same time!
Have a sweater or sweatshirt handy as the cool night breezes roll in and evening debauchery begins. Stop by Figtree’s Café for dinner, voted the Best Restaurant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. A Venice community staple since 1978, Figtree’s offers a welcome respite in a casual setting, serving delicious fresh California faire. End your night at Nikki’s bar for a post-dinner cocktail, a popular place to mingle with the locals and unwind with a drink from a long day of sunshine and people watching.