Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: So Cal
Bikes: I don't own any bikes
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How far do you want to ride and what particularly do you want to see?
Parking all along The Strand is tough no matter but it's particularly bad in Venice up to Santa Monica.
There is a marina vilage in Marina Del Rey. I think you have to pay for parking but it's a nice place to start. You imediately get on the bike path and can ride a couple of miles to venice. I used to park in Playa Del Rey - they are many public lots towards the marina and then ride over the bridge (which is nice) into Marina Del Rey. Or we used to park at some of the shopping centers off Sepulveda and ride the mile or so down to the beach. Other option is to park up in Santa Monica at the paid beach lots and ride down to Venice.
Or if they can do some mileage, park down at Rat Beach in Torrance and take The Strand through Torrance, Redondo, Hermosa, Manhatten, Dockweiler, Playa, Marina, Venice to Santa Monica and back. About 30 - 40 miles round trip. Lots to see and do.