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Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County in , Southern California, USA. With its expensive homes, fancy restaurants, and wealthy residents, Manhattan Beach is like Beverly Hills-by-the-sea.


In 1901 a developer from New York bought a part of land and called it Manhattan after his home in New York City which after adding a word "Beach" became the name of the city- "Manhattan Beach".

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • From the North or South: Sepulveda Blvd. (1) also called Pacific Coast Highway, or simply PCH, is a big street that runs though the middle of the city.
  • From the East: The San Diego Freeway (405) runs to the East of the city. Off-ramps include, Rosecrans Ave., Inglewood Ave., and Artesia Blvd.

Public Transit[edit]

LA Metro System

  • The Metro Green Line that runs along the Imperial Fwy. (105) ends in the city at Marine Ave.
  • Metro Local bus routes run to the city.

Get around[edit]

Views to the ocean from cosy looking streets

By Car[edit]

Fair warning: parking is pretty bad around the beach, especially on the weekends. Every non residential street has marked (and metered) spaces and there are a couple of cramped parking garages. Despite this, one may have to search for a while to get a parking spot, and if you do it may be far away from where you intended to go at first. That can get further perturbed by the fact that there are pedestrians at every corner. If you are staying nearby, it is best to walk or ride a bike around the beach.

Municipal Bus Lines[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

Manhattan Beach Pier

The beach is lined with densely built homes, many with their own unique flair from quirky, to luxurious. It is fun to walk around and look.

  • Manhattan Beach Pier. Perhaps one of the more picturesque piers in the South Bay Area, second only to Santa Monica Pier in size. The pier is 928 ft. long and authorities permit fishing on the pier all year.
  • Roundhouse Aquarium (at the end of the pier), 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd, (310) 379-8117, [1]. A small, free aquarium with local aquatic life on display. Has an adjoining snack bar.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk, jog, bike, skate, rollerblade, on The Strand with a great ocean view! Some parts are walk-only.
  • Manhattan Beach Grand Prix The second oldest Pro-Am cycling race in America. Held during July or August. Circuit runs along Valley and Manhattan Beach Blvd.
  • AVP Beach Volleyball Championship Home of legendary beach volleyball tournament. Held in July/August at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
  • Farmer's Market Tuesdays, near the Metlox shopping center in Downtown Manhattan Beach. 1PM-4PM.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The shops and boutiques along Manhattan Beach Blvd., stretching down to the pier provide the best flavor of this upscale community.

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Simmzy's 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd 90266, (310) 546-1201‎. M-Th 11a-11p, F 11a-Midnight, Sa 10a-Midnight, Su 10a-11p. Huge craft beer list, wine and good food. The burger is a standout in a town (LA) known for great burgers (rivaling Father's Office?). It's very small and open-air and with a great location right on MH Bch Blvd., so expect a wait. This is a mini-chain, with another location in Long Beach (MUCH bigger). Moderately priced.


Manhattan Beach is known for its numerous breakfast spots. Many people consider breakfast to be the meal that the town does best. But beware, on weekends crowds can be heavy and waits can be long.

  • The Kettle Highland Avenue at Manhattan Beach Blvd. A 24hr eatery with lots of local character.
  • Local Yolk 3415 Highland Ave in El Porto. A surfers breakfast joint with renowned omelets and diner fare.
  • Uncle Bill's Pancake House 1305 Highland Ave. Stop by this diner for great pancakes with an ocean view.
  • Oceanview Cafe 229 13th St. Situated on a quiet lane, this place is worth a visit for its charm.


  • Petros, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. #B110 (In Metlox, downtown). [6]. +1 310-545-4100. Upscale Greek food, named Top New Restaurant in the 2007 Los Angeles Zagat guide.
  • Cafe Pierre, 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. [7]. +1 310-545-5252. This Cal-French bistro has served the local community for over 30 years.


  • Rock'N Fish, 120 Manhattan Beach Blvd (very close to the Pier), (310) 379-9900, [2]. M-W, Su 11:30am -10 pm; Th 11:30am - 10:30pm; F-Sa 11:30 am - 11 pm. Very tasty seafood restaurant with great ambiance. Full bar. Parking might be hard as the restaurant is located in the heart of Manhattan.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Shellback Tavern, 116 Manhattan Beach Blvd, +1-310 376-7857, [3]. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat & Sun 9am-2am. Known for its pizza and reasonably-priced drinks.  edit
  • Upper Manhattan Lounge.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Belmar Hotel, 3501 Sepulveda Boulevard, 310.750.0300, [4]. Chic and stylish hotel with 127 rooms. There is a restaurant called Second Story thats serves breakfast and dinner.  edit
  • Hawthorn Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach, 1817 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Tel: (310) 546-8942, [8].
  • Holiday Inn Express, 900 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 318-6132, [9].
  • Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, (310) 546-7511, Fax: (310) 546-7520, [10].The Manhattan Beach Marriott hotel offers a resort like experience including a 9-hole golf course. The hotel is minutes from Hermosa Beach in LA’s South Bay area and El Segundo, California.
  • Residence Inn Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach, 1700 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Phone: (310) 421-3100, Fax: (310) 545-1327, [11].
  • Shade, 1221 N Valley Dr, +1-310-546-4995, [5]. Manhattan Beach's only luxury boutique hotel, located two blocks from the beach. $250-600.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Beach Cities

  • El Segundo - The city's northern neighbor is mostly an industrial town, although visitors are generally surprised to find a sleepy downtown that is home to numerous restaurants and bars.
  • Hermosa Beach- Typical beach town with laid back attitude, athleticism, and festive nightlife.
  • Redondo Beach
  • Santa Monica

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Routes through Manhattan Beach
Santa MonicaEl Segundo  N noframe S  Hermosa BeachLong Beach
Santa MonicaHawthorne  N noframe S  CarsonLong Beach

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