Venice Beach, in Los Angeles county, is more famous for its boardwalk than for its actual beach.
When people talk about "those crazy Californians" they're most likely talking about the type of characters you run into at Venice Beach.
The people watching is the best you'll find anywhere.
In fact, if you stick around long enough –
There's probably nothing you won't see at Venice.
Weed is very popular in Venice. There's a large Venice sub-culture supporting the legalization of marijuana. Stores selling bongs, pipes, etc., are common. So are small shops acting as medical offices.
Forty bucks and a flash of your identification gets you in to see a doctor. Tell the doctor you have a medical issue, of any sort, and you'll get a license for the use of medical marijuana. (More on this in an upcoming, separate, post.)
If you're not into kush, you can find other drugs too.
Who doesn't come from a day on the beach thinking they need a little Botox?
Didn't you mention needing Botox the last time you went to the beach?
The boardwalk is lined with shops selling everything imaginable.
Venice is sort of old, sort of dirty, sort of gritty, and a "must-see-to-believe."
More than anything, though –
Venice Beach is about people watching.
And, it's definitely the best people watching anywhere on the planet!
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