I’m from LA, so I’m a beach snob.
I don’t see a reason why anyone would actually GO to Venice Beach. If I wanted to be on the sand with a bunch of people who just got in from the Midwest I’d join the Army.
For me, the only beach that has the mix of decent waves, fine sand, and free parking is Zuma beach in Malibu. Other beaches may have cooler hikes, bigger waves, or smaller crowds, but nowhere else has a better mix of all the things that make a beach great. Zuma is king.