Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2006

by Mark Ellwood

VENICE, CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles's most beautiful bodies and wildly charismatic types (read: the kooks) still show up on Venice Beach in a Rollerblading, chaotic parade of skin. And even if the outdoor weight machines at Muscle Beach are bereft of beefy boys these days, there's still plenty of eye candy: The L.A. Lifeguard Division is HQ'd here.

Rub suntanned elbows with: The eclectic band of Angeleno hipsters that have been gravitating back to Venice in recent years.

Best way to cool off: An ice-cold Coke from one of the snack shacks.

Beach chic: Think Gwen Stefani meets Olivia Newton-John: quirky, '80s_inflected, and heavy on the Lycra.

Where to bed down: Make like a modern-day rajah at the Viceroy, the stylish waterfront outpost in nearby Santa Monica.

Viceroy Santa Monica
Tel: 310 260 7500
Tel: 800 670 6185
Doubles from $379

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