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Manhattan Beach, a charming beach town in the Southwestern Los Angeles region is nestled along California's Pacific Coast. It is also one of three South Bay beach cities, alongside Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. The small community of beach residents has approximately 36,000 inhabitants.
Manhattan Beach is known for its stunning beaches and beautiful paved walkways. You can bike or hike to stunning views from this sunny town’s nature trails. You can also shop in the charming boutiques located in the city’s downtown.
“Manhattan Beach is a paradise for those who love the beautiful oceanfront restaurants, charming boutiques and pristine beaches.“
The best times to visit Manhattan Beach
March 12th to December 2nd
Manhattan Beach’s average temperatures vary a bit. With the low humidity, it is very pleasant all year. There are very few chances of snow or rain. This area ranks in the 92nd percentile of pleasant weather, which is a significant advantage over other tourist destinations around the world. The hottest months to visit Manhattan Beach are September, August and July. Below are the average monthly temperatures. The warmest season is usually late August or early September. Highs are typically around 79.5degF (26.4degC), with night temperatures seldom falling below 65.1degF (18.4degC).
Places to Visit Manhattan Beach
With the fabulous oceanfront eateries, charming boutiques, pristine beaches, along with breathtaking views and perfect Californian weather, Manhattan Beach will surely will over your heart.
Manhattan Beach Sunsets and Sunrises #1
Manhattan Beach, which stretches for over 2 miles, is the main beach in the city. This beach is small and beautiful. With the California sunshine and blue ocean, it is the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon on the beach, listening to the waves crash.
You can also play volleyball with the locals by using more than 100 nets. This sandy beach is close to downtown, making it easy for you to reach the beautiful oceanfront cafes and restaurants.
"Manhattan Beach is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. It can get very crowded on weekends."
Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium #2
Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium can be found at the Manhattan Beach Pier. It is a small aquarium that educates visitors about the amazing local marine life. Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc., a non-profit environmental organization, manages the aquarium.
Through interactive experiences, they aim to educate the public about the importance and habitats of marine life.
"You will find amazing marine animals in the aquarium, including sea cucumbers and octopus, as well as jellies, sharks and jellyfish, sea urchins, lobsters and sea snails."
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|Hours:||2–7pm (Tue – Fri)|
10am–7pm ( Sat -Sun)
Manhattan Beach Pier #3
Manhattan Beach Pier, a 928-foot pier located at the Manhattan Beach Boulevard’s end, is picturesque. It dates back to the 1920s and is one of the oldest concrete sea piers on the west coast.
“This red-roofed, hexagonal-shaped pier is one the most stunning piers in Santa Monica Bay. It offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding area.“
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|Hours:||Open 24 hours|
Downtown Manhattan Beach #4
Manhattan Beach’s heart and soul is Downtown Manhattan Beach, which is just a short walk from the beach. There are many lovely restaurants along with top-rated oceanfront restaurants. You can also shop at the many local boutiques.
“You can visit Downtown Manhattan Beach to shop, eat and wander along tree-lined streets that overlook the ocean.“
|Website:||Downtown Manhattan Beach|
|Hours:||Open 24 hours|
Live Oak Park #5
“Live Oak Park is a beautiful park in Manhattan Beach. It is close to the beach, and offers easy access to the water.“
The park covers an area of approximately 9 acres and is the oldest in the city. It features a playground for toddlers, six tennis courts and baseball fields. There is also a dog park and batting cages for visitors.
Tennis courts are used for hosting local tournaments. A designated area is available for picnics, with tables and barbecues.
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Bruce’s Beach #6
Bruce’s Beach, which is only two minutes from Manhattan Beach’s shores, is a beautiful small park that’s popular with both tourists and locals.
There are several benches that sit under the trees, and there is also a basketball court.
There are yoga classes and the park is a popular spot for dogs to walk. It has large, well-kept lawns that can be used for a stroll or to enjoy a picnic in the perfect weather.
Enjoy a View at Nick’s Restaurant #7
Nick’s Tavern is a contemporary taverna serving delicious comfort food in a beautiful setting. It is just a short walk from Manhattan Beach Pier.
"You should also try California omelette, fried asparagus, Scottish salmon, seafood Enchiladas, Chilean Sea Bass, and seafood enchiladas."
FAQ: Places to visit in Manhattan Beach
What is Manhattan Beach known for?
Manhattan Beach is known as “The Pearl of L.A.’s South Bay” and was immortalized in the Beach Boys classic, “Surfin’ U.S.A.” Take a gander at the impressive beachfront real estate as you walk, run, bike, rollerblade or skateboard on The Strand, a fantastic place to people-watch as well.
Does Manhattan Beach have a boardwalk?
Manhattan Beach has many places to eat and shop. We just took a walk/biked on the boardwalk from Hermosa Beach were we stayed. It is a great walk/ride!
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