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Beach destinations for people who don't like the beach

By: Josh Lew on June 15, 2014, 12:08 p.m.
Venice Beach

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Venice Beach, California

A popular spot for people visiting Los Angeles, Venice Beach boasts one of the most colorful oceanside scenes on the West Coast. The sands are crowded with sunbathers and the waters are swimmable, if not crystal clear. The people watching is what makes Venice a total tourist attraction (as opposed to simply a beach destination). Venice is home to iconic places such as Muscle Beach and the paved "boardwalk" area — called the Ocean Front Walk — that is a favorite spot for roller-skaters, performance artists and buskers. This promenade is not only a great place for people watching, it also holds a variety of attractions, from tourist souvenir stalls and clothing boutiques to henna tattoo artists and fortune tellers.