Dive In Travel, a travel guide and review site, has recently announced Venice Beach, California, as the top U.S. beach to visit this spring. Famed for its golden sands and active cultural environment, Venice Beach is also a hub for outdoor pursuits and creative expression. The beach is a haven for swimmers and sunbathers. It also draws a wide range of visitors, from families out for a relaxing day at the beach to thrill-seekers riding the waves.

But Venice Beach’s beauty isn’t limited to its waters. The second most popular spot in Southern California is the Ocean Front Walk, the boardwalk along the beach. You can get a feel for the varied lifestyle that characterizes Venice Beach as you stroll down this promenade and people-watch. Here, visitors take in the sights of colorful public murals that adorn the walls, telling stories of the local culture and spirit.

A Perfect Spring Day at Venice Beach

Begin your day with the sunrise, which bathes the beach in a soft, warm glow. Grab a coffee from Menotti’s Coffee Stop—a local favorite — right by the beach and stroll along the Ocean Front Walk. This early, the air is fresh, and the crowds are thin. The calmness gives you the space to enjoy the ocean view. As the day unfolds, make your way to the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Each step on this walk introduces a new scene. You can enjoy eclectic art installations and impromptu dance performances here. These ensure the Venice Beach spirit is palpably alive and infectious.

By mid-morning, learn more about the area’s culture by visiting the Mosaic Tile House. This offbeat, colorful abode showcases the creative spirit of Venice Beach, with every inch covered in bright, intricate mosaic tiles. Tours are available and offer a glimpse into a labor of love and creativity. For lunch, swing by The Butcher’s Daughter on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. This is a street famous for its boutiques, cafes, and artsy shops. The plant-based restaurant offers a refreshing array of juices and a seasonal menu, perfect for refueling before your next adventure.

End the Day on a High Note

Post-lunch, it’s time to hit the iconic Venice Skatepark. Even if you don’t skate, watching skilled skateboarders perform tricks against the view of the ocean is an exhilarating experience. If you prefer a more hands-on activity, consider renting a bike or rollerblades. With these, you can explore the bike path that runs parallel to the beach. This path stretches for miles, offering scenic views and a touch of exhilaration with every turn. As the sun sets, find a spot on the beach to unwind and watch Venice Beach’s legendary sunsets. End your evening with a visit to High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin. The views of the ocean and the street life below offer a memorable venue to toast to a day well spent.