I worked out of an office in Venice for a few months which meant I had to actually hang out there for X hours a day. The history of Venice Beach is much to in depth for this post, the main thing to know is when you go, know that you are walking around in an uncaged human zoo .
Living in LA you end up there usually when friends or family come to town and want to see it. Over the years it has become a semi-insane place. Filled with influencers posing for blogs and vlogs, street performers who, if they catch you taking a picture of them and you don't tip, will chase you down and make you feel like you're going to some sort of street prison, production companies shooting real movies and indie guys shooting low-budget alien movies (true story). There are posted beach patrols as well as a film commission person who will track you down and ask for a permit if they see a tripod or a camera of any size. It's easier to get away with shooting on the weekends because there are so many people it's hard for them to keep up and 'get' everyone.
If you're thinking about going, bring cash to park, lock your wallet with a chain to your person, wonder around for 45 mins then get out...btw you will probably be pretty high by the time you leave because it's a giant hot-box.
I have tons of images but here are a few random picks from off the main path.
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