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Old 12-08-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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I've never been to either, but would like to someday, which is better?

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Old 12-08-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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Well, I know Brighton Beach well, and I don't think it's really similar to Venice Beach.

Brighton Beach is heavily Russian, and has a big, bustling shopping district. I don't think Venice is very ethnic, or known for shopping.

And Brighton Beach is very dense, with lots of midrises and highrises, and major subway stations. Venice isn't really dense (though it isn't really suburban either).

Venice is more iconic and more of a global brand. You see it in the movies and the like. Brighton Beach is well known, but not like Venice.

The actual beach in Venice Beach is nicer than Brighton Beach, but honestly, neither have world-class beaches.

Brighton Beach has seen more development in recent years, with lots of luxury condos, mostly with Russian residents.

Regardinng nightlife, I have no clue if Venice has evening activity. Brighton Beach has nightlife, but I would say adjacent Sheepshead Bay is more of a nightlife center.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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There was a good movie called "Brighton Beach Memoirs" that I enjoy watching every time is comes on TV; it takes place during WW2 and the main character is a horny Jewish kid I don't even know exactly where Brighton beach is though I assume it is near Coney Island in Brooklyn, right? I did visit Coney Island once so was probably very close to Brighton Beach.

Venice Beach is more anti-establishment, lots of pot heads and weird people along with every conceivable sport fanatic and muscle show offs. It's the kind to beach to do serious people watching. Though the surf is nice. There really isn't any nightlife compared to places like South Beach\ Miami or even Laguna Beach. But it is a cheap way to enjoy the day for usual fast food, bike or skate rentals, a great skateboard park, handball courts, basketball, etc. Transportation isn't all that great either since only public buses are available but plenty of parking lots.

Here's a few photos of Venice Beach


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Old 12-08-2010, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Two different places. Brighton beach is more of a neighborhood in Brooklyn that has double the population of Venice, while Venice beach is primarily... well... a beach.
Venice beach probably has a nicer beach and that is not saying much really....
Brighton beach is a pretty big transportation hub though, so it can get pretty busy.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I would choose Venice Beach. The water and weather there is usually warmer than in Brighton Beach, and is just more beautiful with palm trees and waves, unless snow is your thing, Brighton might suit you then. Venice Beach also has topography and lacks humidity, unlike Brighton. Both have bad air quality and good nightlife. Sand is the same in both, same with water color. Both have good snacks on the boardwalk, and good daytime entertainment. California is known for its car travel, so NYC has the better public transportation.
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