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Old 06-26-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: CALIFORNIA
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Decided to visit Venice Beach for the first time yesterday with friends. This was our first time visiting and we really came to chill on the beach and have a good time, but that didn't happen...we were very uncomfortable. The beach seemed dirty and there was seaweed everywhere, there were a ton of flies all over the place because of the seaweed which made our visit horrible. There were so many children there that were screaming and crying because they were scared/tired of all the flies bothering them...lol After this visit I have no desire to go back! I wonder if this is the norm with all the beaches..
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: California
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I've never been to Venice Beach but I've spend alot of time around Santa Cruz and I have never been a beach fan. There are some spots that are much much better than others but sand, flies, seaweed, smells, etc. just aren't my thing. I appreciate the ocean and beaches near me from afar, like a balcony or deck! LOL.
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: West New York, NJ
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I just moved to LA and I'm no fan of LA area beaches. California beaches, YES, but the ones around LA? NO WAY.

They're too crowded. Santa Monica? Too many people and it's sleazy, like Seaside Heights in New Jersey. Even Malibu does not impress me. Who would want to live there, with the Pacific Coast Highway literally at your driveway door. You have to back out of your driveway at 60mph.

I drive at least one hour south to enjoy gorgeous beaches. My favorite? I won't say because I don't need more people going there, LOL.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Santa Monica beach, sleazy? Crowded, yes. Not sleazy in my view.

You've never been to Pt. Dume/Zuma which are in Malibu but past Malibu Colony where many of the homes are packed up against PCH. No doubt some of the nicest and most beautiful urban beaches anywhere.

Pt. Dume/Zuma




Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach are nice too.

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Old 06-26-2011, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Decided to visit Venice Beach for the first time yesterday with friends. This was our first time visiting and we really came to chill on the beach and have a good time, but that didn't happen...we were very uncomfortable. The beach seemed dirty and there was seaweed everywhere, there were a ton of flies all over the place because of the seaweed which made our visit horrible. There were so many children there that were screaming and crying because they were scared/tired of all the flies bothering them...lol After this visit I have no desire to go back! I wonder if this is the norm with all the beaches..
The only people that swim in the water at Venice Beach are the tourists and the surfers.

What made you think Venice Beach was the optimal beach for laying out? Pt. Dume, Zuma, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach are better suited for this. Venice Beach is for watching the circus freaks on the boardwalk.

Are you serious, there was "seaweed" at the beach? Go figure.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Decided to visit Venice Beach for the first time yesterday with friends. This was our first time visiting and we really came to chill on the beach and have a good time, but that didn't happen...we were very uncomfortable. The beach seemed dirty and there was seaweed everywhere, there were a ton of flies all over the place because of the seaweed which made our visit horrible. There were so many children there that were screaming and crying because they were scared/tired of all the flies bothering them...lol After this visit I have no desire to go back! I wonder if this is the norm with all the beaches..
It sounds like one of those times when a bunch of that kelp (I don't think it was seaweed) washed up and the flies like it. Bad luck. Most of the time that isn't a problem or the kelp is in one or two places - you just sit somewhere else.


Difference Between Kelp and Seaweed | Difference Between | Kelp vs Seaweed
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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How could Venice Beach be less cleaner than Santa Monica Beach? Maybe because it's within the City of Los Angeles. The city has neglected Venice for so long.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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How could Venice Beach be less cleaner than Santa Monica Beach? Maybe because it's within the City of Los Angeles. The city has neglected Venice for so long.
The complaints of the original poster really don't have anything to do with lack of government services. It was a completely natural marine condition he is complaining about.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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Decided to visit Venice Beach for the first time yesterday with friends. This was our first time visiting and we really came to chill on the beach and have a good time, but that didn't happen...we were very uncomfortable. The beach seemed dirty and there was seaweed everywhere, there were a ton of flies all over the place because of the seaweed which made our visit horrible. There were so many children there that were screaming and crying because they were scared/tired of all the flies bothering them...lol After this visit I have no desire to go back! I wonder if this is the norm with all the beaches..
LOL ... most people complain about the sleaze and gang influence ... LOL (help me .... help me ...)
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: West New York, NJ
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Thanks for the info, Salparadise! I stand corrected. I will definitely be checking out Dume/Zuma.

I also stand corrected on the "sleazey" description of Santa Monica. Out of habit I wrote that. When I first visited it about 17 years ago it was kind of sleazy. I visited it for the first time again, a few months ago, and it was very clean and totally different and built up. But, yes, it was very crowded.
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