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Although there is a 5-kilometre-long sandy beach here, it is rarely the reason why people come to Venice Beach. This sandy stretch and boardwalk is mostly famous for its eclectic mix of eye-catching people, street performers and California beach boys. Venice Beach is all about people watching.
Venice Beach belongs to the Venice city district, wedged between Santa Monica Boulevard and Marina del Rey. The neighbourhood takes its name from the many canals that were dug here in 1905 to turn the land into a residential area. In the 1920s, a number of canals were filled in again to build streets for the horse-drawn carriages. Fortunately several canals have survived and form this charming neighbourhood right by the beach.