5. Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Officially known as Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach defies most people's color and odor scheme with regard to sea, sand and beach babes. Watch the world go by and you'll see blue rinse hair and candy-apple lipstick and breathe in the aroma of sweaty bodies instead of freshly fried seafood. Still, Venice Beach, with its unique shops, artisans and show-offs performing stunts on rollerskates and skateboards, is a sight to behold and well worth packing a beach bag for.

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