Exploring the Venice Fishing Pier and Santa Monica Pier
Positioned between two iconic landmarks that breathe life into our vibrant coastal neighborhoods, Venice V is situated between the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Fishing Pier. While you’re here, borrow a complimentary bicycle or skateboard (or rent a scooter, electric bike, or pair of roller skates from local favorite Jay’s Rentals) and read on for a favorite coastal cruise — a three-mile stretch that offers the best of both pier-centric worlds.
To start, trek beyond the bustle of the Venice Boardwalk and arrive at the 720-foot-long Venice Fishing Pier, located at the border of Venice and Marina Del Rey and where pier fishing has remained a key attraction since opening in 1963. With a scenic, laid-back atmosphere, the Fishing Pier feels like a slice of zen in Venice — stroll along and take in the coastal views, watch the surfers at the popular Breakwater surf spot, and keep an eye out for the occasional dolphin sighting.
Next, head back toward Santa Monica, passing Muscle Beach, the Venice Skatepark, and the Venice Pride Lifeguard Tower en route to the Santa Monica Pier — a staple of our seaside community. There’s plenty to see and do here, but start it off with a visit to any of the acclaimed dining destinations nearby, from casual seafood bites at Rusty’s Surf Ranch to sugar-coated churros from Churro Man. There’s no shortage of options for getting a fix of California-style American classics while people-watching and soaking up the California breeze.
Fishing is also fair game at the Santa Monica Pier…and if you’d rather view close-ups of marine animals and wildlife species, we suggest a trip to nearby Heal The Bay Aquarium. Finally, no trip to the Santa Monica Pier is complete without a ferris wheel ride. At oceanfront amusement park Pacific Park, you’ll find classic carnival games, roller coasters, a Merry-go-round, and the renowned solar-powered Ferris wheel, with panoramic views of the coast.
End the day the best way — by catching the sunset on your quick spin back to Venice V on the Marvin Braude Bike Path.