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  1. Garth
    July 8, 2016 @ 5:04 pm

    Nice! We’ve been here many times during our trips to LA. But never heard of paddle tennis. We embraced the touristy atmosphere and loved how vain the body builders were!

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    • Travel Lexx
      July 8, 2016 @ 9:03 pm

      I actually got to work out there – at one point it emptied out (it was super hot) and I was the only person in the gym! People were taking pictures of me – they clearly had low expectations!

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  2. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)
    July 9, 2016 @ 4:10 am

    One of my favorite places to spend a day in the LA area!
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    • Travel Lexx
      July 9, 2016 @ 8:57 am

      I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time in LA but I’m glad I got to see this area!

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  3. Jenn | By Land and Sea
    April 14, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    This is perfect – the hubs and I are heading this way in December and I really want to get to Santa Monica and Venice Beach! Pinning this for later!!

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  4. tracy collins
    April 14, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    we were advised to avoid LA when we travelled the west coast a couple of years ago – and I am glad I took no notice of that advice! I really enjoyed LA – unfortunately we only had a couple of days so although we visited Santa Monica and Venice Beach it was a whistle stop tour. I will definitely go back for a lot longer next time – I just couldn’t get my head around the size of LA!

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  5. Angie (FeetDoTravel)
    April 15, 2017 @ 6:47 am

    As I’m a huge beach lover, I would definitely be checking out the beach, it looks like a place I could spend a few hours 😀 I have also read Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography so remember when he discussed hanging out at Muscle Beach so for that reason, I would take a trip there, although maybe not in the heat of the day, you would find me having a frozen yoghurt. Great suggestions, pinned for when I visit LA, thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

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  6. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)
    April 15, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

    Yea! Cali is so much fun and you have found some of the best places to visit. I bet you loved Venice Beach (Muscle Beach) and all the fun activities. Of course the shopping and restaurants with bars are loads of fun! Sometimes just people watching or riding your bike is awesome. The bike trail goes on for a long ways and one can ride from Venice Beach all the way to Redondo Beach and back which is a great day activity to do! Great photos and thanks for sharing!
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  7. Paul and Carole
    April 15, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

    This looks a fun place to stay if visiting LA. So much to do and not too far out. The yogurt looks amazing too! Great post!

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  8. Anna Schlaht
    April 15, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

    We’ve somehow never been to Santa Monica, despite having living In California for a time! I’ve seen a lot of pictures of the Santa Monica pier lately and really want to go now! Hanging out on the beach and eating delicious ice cream sounds like a perfect time (and Mr. Nerd would love spending an hour or two at Muscle Beach, which I had no idea was a thing until reading your post. Maybe I’d work out more if I could do it on the beach)! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Helena
    April 16, 2017 @ 9:06 am

    I have always wanted to go to Santa Monica Pier! I can’t believe people actually work out at that gym. I have seen it in movies but I would never want to do a session there!

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  10. Anna
    April 17, 2017 @ 4:54 am

    This takes me back to when I used to live in LA :). I lived further down south by Hermosa Beach, but Venice & Santa Monica are fun trips too. I used to like walking and shopping/eating along 3rd St. Promenade. Haha and yes Venice Beach as the muscle contests once in a while.. so weird but fun if you happen to come across it. Very close by Venice Beach also has the canals, which is a really peaceful and pretty place to stroll around in. 🙂
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  11. Laura (48 No Interstate)
    April 17, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

    We enjoyed a short visit on the pier but would have loved to walk or bike along the beach toward Venice. Maybe one day!! #feetdotravel
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  12. Carmen Baguio
    April 17, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

    My son is stationed at San Diego, so we want to do a road trip from San Diego up to LA. Venice Beach looks perfect for our road trip— great people watching!

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  13. Sandy N Vyjay
    April 18, 2017 @ 6:55 am

    The things mentioned in the article were pretty simple to do as well as easy and cheap things!! Like lying down on the beach or having frozen yogurt which are simple and easy to do…. I would personally love to work out and play basketball in Venice but I think strolling between beaches is the best!!

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  14. Jen
    April 18, 2017 @ 4:12 pm

    I have always been curious to see LA. It looks and sounds fun! Hope we get to travel to this famous destination soon. 🙂

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  15. Shona @ paraphernalia.co
    April 19, 2017 @ 5:28 am

    Love Santa Monica and Venice Beach always guarantees a giggle with the muscle marys. You’ve reminded me I need another visit.

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  16. Only By Land
    April 21, 2017 @ 5:17 am

    I didn’t know they sold protein shakes on Venice beach, I guess you need one after working out on muscle beach! I visited a few years ago, your pics look better than mine do!
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  17. Siddharth and Shruti
    April 21, 2017 @ 6:23 am

    Ooh! The frozen yogurt looks yum! What a lovely list! The promenade looks busy and bustling with shoppers. Seems like a very lively place. Thanks for sharing.

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