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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 20 January 2015

Our Private Tour Dips into the Venice Canals

Bridge over a Venice (CA) canal

Walk Along the Venice Canals on a Private Tour

The big bus tour companies never allow an opportunity to walk placidly, decorously (or wildly with abandon) along the attractive canals remaining in a quarter of Venice, CA.  We make sure our private Los Angeles tour guests have an opportunity to explore what remains of this community first conceived in the early 1900s by Abbot Kinney, an early Los Angeles developer.  First imagined as the “Venice of America” he created a system of canals plied by gondolas and small boats that served restaurants, hotels, entertainments and homes.  Time and the growth of Los Angeles made way for roadways paving over the canals and the loss of the wooden piers and dance halls that drew the Hollywood and downtown folk to this happy beach community.  Fortunately a section of the old canal system remains and a bohemian spirit resides in the remaining homes.  Sidewalks and bridges let us take our guests along the waterways to observe the homes and wildlife, sometimes the ducks and geese.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 12 September 2014

A Grand Visit to the Grand Canal in Venice Beach

The Grand Canal in Venice Beach

Our Private Tour Guests Happy with the

Ducks Instead of Gondoliers

Venice Beach has a remarkable history and remains today one of the most interesting and enjoyable beach communities to visit along the roughly 1,000 miles of California coast (depending on how you measure, from 840 – 3,400 miles so let’s just agree on 1,000 miles for now).  Of course the Venice Boardwalk is fun with its boutiques, retail stalls, entertainers, wacky residents, excellent food vendors, Muscle Beach bodybuilders, paddle tennis players, skateboarders, artists, tattooers and tattooed and so much more.  The little town is so cute.  And then there are the canals.  Just a quarter of the canal system remains from the days of Abbott Kinney who envisioned this community at the turn of the last century as the ultimate Los Angeles playground.  He was right.  He’s still right.  Our pretty private Los Angeles tour guests are enjoying their walk along the Grand Canal.  Some day they will be here again under more romantic circumstances and without dad photobombing their picture.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:32 15 August 2012

Floating Along a Venice Canal

Photo of a Venice, CA canal with a canoe

Lots of people love to walk the Venice (California) canals and enjoy the sounds of water birds (and jets departing from nearby LAX).  We love to have guests on our private luxury tour of Los Angeles beach cities (Venice, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica and Malibu) willing to park nearby and walk the waterways and cross the quaint bridges.  In all these years we have not found a way to procure water vessels to actually navigate the canals.  We keep looking in hopes that someday we can find a way to do that.  In the meantime we will continue to explore the canals on foot and photograph this small corner of Venice while we talk about the canals and Venice of the early 1900’s when Abbot Kinney first built them.  Only a fourth of the canals remain, the rest were filled and paved to accommodate automobile traffic.  But back in its heyday Venice, California was very much Abbot Kinney’s vision of Venice, Italy.

Old b&w photo of a Venice, CA gondola in 1909

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