What? There are canals in Venice Beach? That was my reaction when I heard about them. And it’s not just hearsay, there really are canals in Venice Beach! I urge you to leave the boardwalk behind and discover this spot where the dream of romantic walkways, gorgeous mansions, and charming canals still live on.
Over a century ago when developer Abbot Kinney (you might be familiar with the popular shopping area, Abbot Kinney Road) was planning out the city, he dreamed up the idea of creating a “Venice of America”. It was inspired by Venice, Italy and was to be a cultural renaissance complete with canals and gondolas. Unfortunately the idea never fully took off, and the project was soon abandoned. The already created canals, however, lived on.
You can find them by driving towards the intersection of Pacific Avenue and S. Venice Boulevard. Within a few square blocks you’ll find remnants of the peace, charm, and tranquility of the Venice Beach Canals.
Surrounding the canals you’ll find homes of architecture masterpiece in a variety of different styles. Take in the lovely gardens and manicured lawns, complete with rowboats and kayaks docked to the piers. There are multiple walkways for strolling and crossing over the canals as well.
The charm of the canals really come alive at sunset. I recommend stopping by local shop and cafe Tesuque Village Market for some wine and cheese and admire the view as the sun sets over the canals. Just remember to take anything you bring with you as you leave. This is a residential neighborhood and it is important to respect people’s property. 🙂
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