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The Venice Beach House was one of the best places I have stayed in L.A.. - TravelPost
The breakfast was tasty and the ambiance was just perfect. It is my new home when visiting L.A. - Fodor's
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People love fishing in L.A. You don’t have to know what you are doing, and you don’t have to catch anything, but you do have to maintain an attitude that simply being outdoors in the Southern California weather is just fine. With outdoor pleasure in mind, Venice is filled with canals, boats, gondolas, hotels, amusements and piers.

The 1,310 foot Venice Pier has survived storms, weathering and a few earthquakes during its lifetime. It first opened in 1964, was closed in 1983 due to storm damage, and re-opened in the mid-1990’s. On December 21, 2005, the pier again suffered damage when waves from a large northern swell caused the part of the pier where the restrooms were located to fall into the ocean. The pier remained closed until May 25, 2006, when it was finally re-opened after an engineering study concluded the pier was structurally sound. Today, locals from all over Los Angeles and world-wide visitors alike are able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that first attracted tens of thousands to Venice Beach a century ago. On clear days you can gaze at and enjoy the views stretching from Palos Verdes and Catalina Island to the stunning Santa Monica Mountains, or catch local surfers waiting for the next big wave. Kids of all ages stroll along the pier, enjoy the ocean breeze, and even drop their fishing lines in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

And the fish are indeed biting out on the Venice Pier! Not only will you get the standard Southern California fish like mackerel and smelts, but you can get a fair amount of highly sought after sport fish like halibut, the occasional kelp bass, and from time to time, even a leopard shark. You’re never going to see fewer than fifteen fishermen out there on the pier, and on busy weekends there can be as many as seventy-five. Families gather day and night around their fishing poles and coolers to enjoy the amazing weather and the fun spirit of the pier.

Like California itself, Venice Pier is a melting pot of races, cultures and languages. You will hear Chinese, Russian, Greek, Vietnamese, Korean and even Swedish mixed among the Spanish and English. But between the fishermen themselves, and those just enjoying the ambiance, the pier has no language barrier.

Fishing at the Venice Beach Pier is free. A public parking lot next to the pier charges a flat rate, and street parking is available throughout the adjoining neighborhoods.

Location: Washington Blvd. and Ocean Walk Front (Boardwalk)
Venice, CA 90291
Hours: The pier is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Food/dining: There is a wide variety of food and drink on the boardwalk and Washington Blvd.
Restrooms: Restrooms are available on the pier.

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