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KenilworthOnTour Feb 15th, 2005 02:31 AM

Venice Beach or Santa Monica a base for exploring for a couple of days in April?

Surfergirl Feb 15th, 2005 05:02 AM

Staying: Santa Monica
Exploring: Venice

Why: the hotels in S.M. are generally more upscale and Venice has some dodgy spots. But I like the atmosphere in Venice (during the day) better -- more artsy folk. Now, around the Venice canals (all residential, no hotels), it's such a great place to stroll, see interesting art and architecture -- a whole different ambiance than what you might see a short distance away on Venice Beach. Abbot Kinney is also a great walking and eating street with funky boutiques.

KenilworthOnTour Feb 15th, 2005 05:05 AM

Thanks for that! Which area has the best nightlife?

Shane Feb 15th, 2005 01:23 PM

If you want to see the nuttiest of nuts, go to Venice. I visited there for about an hour in 1985 and it was the most bizarre place I've ever visited.

happytrailstoyou Feb 15th, 2005 05:33 PM

Santa Monica. Stay near the Third Street Promonade. You can visit Venice during one of the days you are there.

Surfergirl Feb 15th, 2005 08:39 PM

Best nightlife is definitely in and around the 3rd street promenade. Dozens of restaurants, bars, and music clubs.

babs001 Feb 16th, 2005 07:02 PM

I agree with others - Santa Monica is a great location to use as a base. It is very well located, between Venice and Malibu, near freeways, easy access to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, etc. Lots of shopping, restaurants, etc.

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