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Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California'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;, and the boardwalk is still covered with street performers, freaks, and places that sell eight-dollar sunglasses.

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