The sun. The sand. The ocean. What's not to like?
I've not been to Venice Beach since we'd been here years ago to roller-blade and ride a bike along the boardwalk, so with my folks in town it was the perfect opportunity to visit another of L.A.'s attractions (obviously not to roller-blade this time).
After a slightly gloomy Saturday at The Getty Center, yesterday was much hotter and brighter, with that deadly breeze down by the coast that makes you feel like you're not burning.
So with sun cream applied, we strolled along the sandy beach and out onto the pier for a view of the beach front.
You can see up along the coast to the Santa Monica Pier from the Venice Beach Pier, even though it wasn't quite clear to see the Malibu coast line.
It was great to be walking by the ocean, but unfortunately Venice Beach is like most seaside towns around the world with all the usual hustle and bustle of tourists, people hawking their wares as you walk by (this time guys with CD's of their music for 'free', yeah right) and over-priced food and clothing stalls.
Along the jammed winding Ocean Front Walk you see people riding bikes, skateboards or or roller-blades, watching or playing basketball or racket ball.
Plus you can see the infamous pumped-up men and women working out at Muscle Beach (although most were conspicuously absent yesterday, maybe it's out of season).
Even though the beaches weren't overcrowded at all, there were still lots of people enjoying the ocean - swimming, surfing and sailing. Plus lots of people fishing off the pier.
And with less than a month to go until the Presidential Election in November, even at the beach you can't get away from politics.
After the sand and waves of Venice Beach we ventured back to base camp for a bite to eat, then Charlie and I took Cooper for a Runyon Canyon walk (it's such a shame you can't take dogs onto L.A. beaches, although it was so hot that Cooper wouldn't have lasted long out in the sun), which was especially busy after Saturday's bad weather.
Last night we dined outside at Basix, one of our local West Hollywood eateries and then after all that trekking along the sandy beach it was time to call it a night.
Today we're off to The Getty Villa in Malibu and we have a bright, sunny day to enjoy it...