Venice Beach. A place where you can find all sorts of weird and interesting things. I can officially say I am no longer a beach bum but it is very tempting to just ... hangout there.
Probably a former colleague
The waves are too strong here and I am not a good swimmer. But I don't think most people come to Venice beach to swim. We are mostly here for the flair in the air.
If you don't want sand between your toes, there is grass everywhere. Maybe a little further from the water but it will do.
If you have a camera, there is always a picture to take. Sometimes in the littlest corner, there is a story.