Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Concierge.com's insider take:
Venice Beach is more interesting and bohemian than next-door Santa Monica. Abbot Kinney Boulevard has one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, Beyond Baroque remains the best poetry venue in town (681 Venice Blvd.; 310-822-3006; www.beyondbaroque.org), and the boardwalk is still covered with street performers, freaks, and places that sell eight-dollar sunglasses.