Manhattan Beach, California, is a stunning beach city in the Los Angeles area that offers much more than just sandy beaches. From its iconic pier to its hundred-foot high sand dune, Manhattan Beach has something for everyone. With its beautiful beaches, nature trails, and vibrant downtown district, it's no wonder why Manhattan Beach is one of the best places to live on the West Coast. The city's main beach, Manhattan Beach, is a two-mile stretch of wide, flat sandy beach that starts at 1st Street and extends to Rosecrans Avenue.
It's a popular spot for sunbathing and swimming, and it's lined with volleyball courts. The Manhattan Beach Pier is an iconic spot for photography with its photogenic round house with a red roof near the end of the pier and its turquoise steel railing. The dock has been standing since the 1920s and was renovated in the 1990s. Downtown Manhattan Beach is sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of the South Bay”.
Founded in 1912, it has elegant shopping opportunities, award-winning chefs and restaurants serving delicious food, and stunning sunsets just steps from the beach. There are more than 150 retailers in downtown Manhattan Beach, including art galleries, stores selling home furnishings, women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing and goods, and much more. More than fifty restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and delicatessens can also be found in the downtown district. Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach is a popular spot for children of all ages.
The hundred-foot high sand dune provides panoramic views of the city and there's a small children's playground with climbing equipment, a carousel and swings. Live Oak Park is one of the oldest parks in Manhattan Beach and hosts the city's Old Hometown Fair held in October each year. It also has a play area for young children as well as six tennis courts with lights, an illuminated basketball court, two large illuminated multipurpose fields, many picnic areas with capacity for twelve to fifty people, and two barbecues. The Manhattan Beach Art Center is an integral part of the unique community of the city of Manhattan Beach.
It helps develop and present educational and artistic exhibitions and programs to the community that relate directly to contemporary urban life while maintaining high standards of ethical, intellectual and professional responsibility. When two New Zealanders (Kiwis) opened a coffee shop in Manhattan Beach called Nick's Manhattan Beach, it was worth checking out. This beautiful tent with communal tables prepares fabulous espressos in a sparkling La Marzocco machine as well as ready-to-order flat whites, an exotic variety of teas, fresh fruit smoothies and excellent sandwiches and pastries. The Manhattan Beach Food Tour takes guests through downtown Manhattan Beach for a progressive meal during which they will sample some of the best dishes the city has to offer at some of the best restaurants.
The tour visits several restaurants that showcase a variety of cuisines including Californian, Mediterranean, seafood and Mexican. The tour also includes a wine tasting and more.