Frequently Asked Questions about
Venice Beach



Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there an admission charge for Venice Beach?
  2. Is alcohol allowed on Venice Beach?
  3. What are the hours for the Venice Beach Recreation Center?
  4. Do I need a fishing license to fish off the pier?
  5. Where can I rent a bicycle in Venice Beach?
  6. Where can I rent a surfboard?




1. Is there an admission charge for Venice Beach?

There is no admission charge. Parking rates vary by parking lots.


2. Is alcohol allowed on Venice Beach?

No alcohol is permitted on the beach, along Ocean Front Walk, or at any of the beach venues such as basketball courts, skate park, or Windward Plaza Park.


3. What are the hours for the Venice Beach Recreation Center?

The Recreation Center at Windward Plaza Park is open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the summer (May 1 - September 31) and from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM the rest of the year. It is open every day except Christmas and rainy days. (310) 399-2775


4. Do I need a fishing license to fish off the pier?

No, in California no license is required for fishing from ocean piers. Fishing from shore or from a boat does require a license if you are 16 years or older.


5. Where can I rent a bicycle in Venice Beach?

Venice Beach Station 100 Venice Way, Venice, CA (310) 399-1499
A variety of bikes, skateboards, bodyboards, and Segways

Bike Curious Rentals 34 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA (310) 396-1166
Classically-styled Greenline beach cruisers, tandems, mtn. bikes, and more.


6. Where can I rent a surfboard?

Rider Shack 13211 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (310) 821-7873
Longboards, fish, hybrids, shortboards, stand-up paddleboards