For a wide-angle view of LA’s famously diverse population, grab the guys and head to Venice Beach. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth, the boardwalk is the perfect place for an outing with friends, with something for everyone’s tastes. Don your darkest sunglasses and snake through a crowd filled with musicians, mimes, jugglers, stilt-walkers, performance artists, and the occasional celebrity. Slather on the sunblock as you gaze at the bodybuilders trying to become the next Arnold at Muscle Beach, or the ballers showing off their skills on the basketball courts. Join them if you’ve got what it takes (of course you do). Snap a picture with your crew in front of the most amazing sand sculptures you’ve ever seen, then race to see who can find the tackiest t-shirt in one of the souvenir shops. A hot dog or a slice of pizza will give you the strength you need to browse through the numerous one-of-a-kind crafts laid out by the street vendors. That beaded necklace you buy for your sweetheart might not come in a little blue box, but she’ll love the story behind it all the same. After an afternoon taking in the city’s most flamboyant characters, put down a towel and rest your legs on the sand as you watch the sun set over the Pacific, enjoying the nightly zen ritual of the drum circle.