Santa Monica to Venice beach is walkable distance (around 3 miles) and I suggest keeping at least a day to explore these two. There are public parking spots available near the beach but they tend to get filled up around afternoon. Plenty of things to do here, my top 5 are:
1. Rent Bikes – This is my favorite thing to do. There are many bike rental options on the beach itself. I always wanted to ride a double bicycle, so we decided to get adventurous and ride together. All I can say is, it’s not as easy as it looks, especially while making turns. Starting from Santa Monica beach to Venice beach is a good ride around 2.4 miles. We made multiple stops, looking at the spray painted walls, the local markets full of performers, and sometimes just to catch a cool lemonade. Make sure you carry hats, sunglasses and sun tan lotion.