"Venice Beach is a unique wedge of Los Angeles between Ocean Park (in Santa Monica) and the Marina Del Rey Harbor Channel. The famous Venice Beach Boardwalk is on Ocean Front Walk, an asphalt walkway that runs parallel to the back end of the wide, sandy beach. It extends south from Navy Street to the Venice Pier at the foot of Washington Boulevard. Winding through the sand is the 20-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail. The 1.5-mile promenade, built in 1905, is lined with beachfront businesses, cafes, hawkers, vendors, bodybuilders, musicians, comedians, artists, jugglers, fortune-tellers, dancers, drunks, hiking book publishers, panhandlers, spectators, and a vast array of other unique characters. The calm of the ocean is only steps away from the endless parade of people."