Manhattan Beach is a stunning South Bay community located in Los Angeles County, California. It is a popular destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike, boasting a picturesque pier, modern mansions, wide stretches of sand, and plenty of volleyball courts. The Strand bike path meanders along the coast, providing a great opportunity for people watching. The town center is home to boutiques, brunch cafes, pubs, and 26 creative and exclusive restaurants.
The beach is the most popular spot for surfing and beach volleyball. Around 50 volleyball courts stretch along the 2-mile-long beach. The city of Manhattan Beach hosts an annual volleyball tournament and an international surf festival. Surfers usually hang out at the two most popular spots: the beach, the pier and El Porto.
The well-maintained beach attracts nearly 4 million visitors every year. Manhattan Beach benefits from sea breezes that provide clean air and summer temperatures between 10 and 20°F (5.6 to 11.1°C) cooler than in the interior regions of Southern California. Private schools located in Manhattan Beach include American Martyrs Catholic School (from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles), Manhattan Academy, Montessori School in Manhattan Beach and Journey of Faith Christian School. Every Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m., more than 50 food vendors gather in downtown Manhattan Beach to attend the weekly Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers Market. Manhattan Beach has been nicknamed “The Pearl of Los Angeles” due to its stunning beachfront property and its many attractions. Visitors can enjoy walking, running, biking, skating or skateboarding at The Strand or exploring downtown Manhattan Beach's culinary force with its excellent seafood shacks, gastropubs, and great dining options. The area extends along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the streets perpendicular to the pier, Manhattan Beach and Valley Drive.
Stops along the way include Hermosa Beach Pier Avenue, Downtown Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Village Mall, Douglas Green Line Station, Downtown El Segundo, and Aviation Green Line Station.