There are beaches for serious sun and surf, and then there are beaches for seeing and being seen. Venice falls firmly in the latter camp. Skaters and rollerbladers, super-built bodybuilders, and man-bun-sporting cool kids all find a home here; venture along the famous boardwalk, and you’ll see them all. For an atmosphere that’s less street and more posh, head north to neighboring Santa Monica with its famous pier and chic dining and retail outlets.

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