On our recent trip to USA we wanted to make the holiday very varied. We started off our holiday in San Francisco and travelled down the coast and 2 weeks later ended our holiday in LA. we wanted to end our holiday on a relaxing note, so instead of finding somewhere to stay in central LA/hollywood we punted for a beach side hotel. Venice beach is beautiful, the view is amazing, the sand is clean and the sea is blue! Venice beach is only a short bus ride away from LA''S busy area, and hosts a 2 and a half mile long pedestrian walkway to Santa Monica beach. Bikes can be hired from the board walk and the walkway can be cycled! I recommend this, we did it and its a nice refreshing ride taking you past muscle beach, stalls, shops, entertainers, surfers all the way to the amusements at Santa Monica. There are many hotels situated all along the beach front we stayed in a nice little boutique hotel called ''Venice on the beach'' I recommend this as a place to stay. All along the 2 and a half miles of path there are cafes, stalls, tourist shops and bars In the evening when the sun is setting it is a wonderful place to be, surfers flock out to catch their last few waves, it is nice and relaxing watching them and passers by. We caught a Bus from the nearest bus stop and we were in Hollywood within an hour or just over depending upon which bus you get onto. They run frequently and are very reliable.