Oh how we loved Venice Beach and it's "let your freak flag fly" attitude, relaxed beach vibe and tourist trap mentality. Nothing, and everything, is for show here. When soliciting advice from locals about what to do in LA, a suggestion was to rent beach cruisers and ride the bicycle-only path from Santa Monica all the way down to Redondo Beach. We didn't end up renting bikes, but we will add it to the list of to-dos for next time because it looked like a great way to see the different beach areas.
We stuck mainly to the boardwalk, did a bit of shopping, soaked up that incredible sunshine and people watched to our hearts content. What a great beach area to have for tourist and locals alike.