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  • 98%
    Family Travelers
  • 95%
    Luxury Travelers
  • 94%
    Local Culture
  • 94%
    Foodies
  • 90%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 73%
    Budget Travelers
  • 73%
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  • 55%
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  • Manhattan BeachPro 2014
    Richard
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    5 Dec 09, 2013

    Pro:
    + Walking distance to majority of store and restaurant in Manhattan.
    + Pretty clean and not too crowded beach
    + City offer free meter parking in holiday season
    + Great view, can see the whole beach shore all the way to Redondo beach.
    + Has a Strand
    + You can see a lot of surfer even when is cold.

    Con:
    - Doesn't had big parking lot near the beach.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Manhattan BeachPro 2014
    . Troy
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    3 Dec 05, 2013

    The embodiment of 'Baywatch' minus the Hoff. Ocean front real estate here is much in demand by those with a few million dollars to spare. At weekends the promenade and beach are teeming with affluent families at play, with plenty of opportunities for decent places to eat nearby. Just remember to have your teeth bleached if you want to look like a local.

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Amanda
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    3 Sep 29, 2013

    Nice beach. Sand is a bit coarse. Not too crowded. A lot of vball courts. Right next to lots of shops/food. Metered parking only; mostly 2 hr limit which is ridiculous.

    Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Manhattan Beach
    Ngoc Hanh Pham
    5 Mar 08, 2013

    Although it is not the nicest or cleanest beach, Manhattan Beach is my favorite beach of all time! I just love the atmosphere here. There are shops and restaurants surrounding the beach, which makes the environment very lively. This is the best beach in the South Bay to tan, play volleyball, swim or just chill with your friends on a hot summer day. It's not too far of a drive to get here if you're in Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, etc. Sometimes, I would go here for like an hour just to chill on the sand and get a quick tan. This is a good beach to go to when you're not trying to spend the whole day at the beach. For some reason, the people on the right side of the pier are always more fun than the people on the left side. Haha. So I stay on the right side!

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Ben Maher
    5 Jan 29, 2013

    People from Europe generally dislike the fact that you can't get anywhere in the US without driving. In Manhattan beach you can walk and cycle around somewhere which has a community feel. There are good bars, restaurants and as the name suggests a fantastic beach.

    If you are a fan of volleyball this is also the place to come to play or watch a game.

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Josh Moody-Arndt
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    4 Nov 01, 2012

    Manhattan beach is great because it's a bit cleaner than the other beach cities. There are plenty of dining and shopping options with a really walkable downtown.

    Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches are right next to each other and each have their own unique appeals. Manhattan beach is the wealthiest of the three and the least oriented toward bars and nightlife.

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  • Manhattan Beach
    joyce hiendarto
    5 Sep 08, 2012

    this is a laid back beach town where the locals go. there's a lot of local cafes, pubs, and restaurants around the pier. a very nice spot for sunset watching.

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  • Manhattan BeachPro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Well-known to surfers for its big waves, Manhattan Beach has grown out of its racist past when the largely African American population of nearby Bruce's Beach was forcibly evicted through a series of eminent domain laws enacted by the city council and where the Ku Klux Klan harassed African Americans, even at sections of the beach designated and reserved for African Americans. With its proximity to LAX Manhattan Beach is home base to a number of pilots and flight attendants.

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Broke Girl's Guide
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    #BeGone

    We can only imagine that unhappy folks read gloating updates, close their eyes, and start to visualize a place of beautiful people, dopey-sounding (but, smoking hot) surfers, and the rough-and-tumble big city kid come who’s come to live with an innocent, beach-bred, comic book-loving high school student known as Seth Cohen. The place they’re imagining exists, more or less, as Manhattan Beach (where ‘The OC’ was actually filmed), though there’s slightly more to this little city-adjacent gem than blonde highlights and the ghost of Mischa Barton. Take advantage of LA’s late-to-bloom (but now seemingly endless) summer with a BGG day out in the M.B., which was just voted by Money Magazine as the best city in the nation for meeting rich singles. Just sayin'.

    Where to Eat: Uncle Bill’s Pancake House for tasty brunch and ocean views. For dinner, try Italian restaurant Mangiamo’s happy hour (M-F 5-6:30 p.m.) for tuna tartar and goat cheese bruschetta, or newbie Manhattan Beach Post for small plates, killer drinks, and a vibe not unlike that of Gjelina in Venice -- the Post can get pricey; it helps if you skip the expensive valet out front and bring in friends to split the bill.

    Where to Wine: Cupcakes Couture hosts monthly tastings that combine two of our favorite things: cupcakes and wine. Make sure to RSVP at 310-372-9200.

    Best Bars in Town: Side Door is a living room-sized lounge that has a full menu, music, and well-priced drinks at happy hour (M-F 5:30-7 p.m.). If you’re in the mood for something trendier, hit up Sashi, a sushi and sake lounge where happy hour is 5-10 p.m. during the week and all night on weekends.

    Where to Shop: Mandarine (329 Manhattan Beach Blvd.) and its sister store across the street, Klementine (324 Manhattan Beach Blvd.), are both cute and cheap. Or, visit a dinosaur -- {Pages}: a Bookstore’ -- before it goes the way of the rest of its herd (indie bookstores) and becomes extinct.

    Where to Sun & Surf: We recommend anywhere south of the Pier. If you’re brave (read: crazy) enough to face the cold H2O, suit up and hit the water. Otherwise, throw around a volleyball or just lay out and gawk at the cute lifeguards.

    Where to Find Local Culture: The annual Hometown Fair, October 1-2, for music, crafts, fish tacos, and a glass or two in The Wine Garden. Also, check the Chamber of Commerce calendar for info on the Sunday-night ‘Concerts in the Park’ series.

    Non-Cheesy Must-Do: Rent a beachcruiser from Funbunns (1116 Manhattan Ave.) for $7.

    Where to Rest: Try The Tea Exchange for a refreshing Iced Island Breeze Tea after an afternoon of exhausting relaxation.
    Where to Eat Late at Night: The Kettle, a 24-hour diner, is great for pancakes or burgers in a cozy booth after a long night out.

    What to Pack: Even though we’re really excited to start buying for fall, this is the perfect time of year to get discounts on stuff you’ll likely still be wearing well into ‘winter.’ Here are a few suggestions:

    1. River Island Crochet Mini Beach Dress Cover Up, $49.38
    2. Topshop Oversize Hexagon Sunglasses, $50
    3. Melissa Odabash Antigua Printed Halterneck Bikini, $71.75
    4. Skinny Classic Flip-Flops, $7.99
    5. Wilson Volleyball, $9.99
    6. Floppy Summer Hat, $38
    7. Sesame Street Friends Denim Woven Cotton Tote, $16
    8. 1969 Mid-Weight Legging Jeans, $69.95
    9. DV by Dolce Vita Rocco, $69
    10. Madewell Twist-Back Tank, $24.99
    11. Striped Boy Cardigan, $54.99

    Gina Segall for BrokeGirlsGuide.com

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  • Manhattan Beach
    JohnMichael
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    It's a nice spot....I can see why my sister would move here. It fits into her current life style......really laid back and homely. Not quite where I'd want to go.....but then again not everyone would want to live in Vegas or NY.

    It has a certain charm that one would not associate with gritty LA. I would think it more akin to Los Gatos or downtown Saratoga....
    but instead of mountains...a beach.
    It's nice...and if I really wanted to get away from the city then I guess I'd go here. I have to admit they have some really good breakfasts and a very relaxed night life.....of course I prefer my night life a little more.....gritty.
    Oh well....everything in it's own time.

    Being the night person that I am....I don't know if it's the area or just LA..or maybe all of SOCAL....but the sunlight hurts me.....I mean really.....I know what sun light is supposed to look like. But this..it's ridiculous, it's like harsh HARSH white light. ARG!

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Pam Groft
    5 Sep 29, 2012

    One of my favorite spots!!

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Chris Hill
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    4 Sep 08, 2012
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    Sara Benson
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    4 May 07, 2012
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    Celeny Da Silva
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    4 Jan 14, 2013
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  • Manhattan Beach
    Mark Mamber
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    5 May 16, 2013
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    Riccardo Benussi
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    3 Sep 17, 2012
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    Sarah Postler
    4 Mar 05, 2013
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    Andy Chen
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    3 Aug 07, 2012
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    5 Mar 15, 2013
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    3 Sep 22, 2012
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4.5 out of 5
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Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County, California, was named 9th sexiest beach on Earth by the Travel Channel in 2008, and number one in the “2011 Best Places for the Rich and Single” by CNN Money! The beach is popular for swimming, body boarding, and surfing, and the path along the beach is great for roller skating and skateboarding as well as jogging and cycling. There are volleyball nets set up ... read more
along the beach, and the Manhattan Beach Open volleyball tournament – aired on national television – takes place each August and is known as the “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball.” The Fox network show The O.C. was filmed here, as was part of Point Break and Jerry Maguire, amongst others.

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