Welcome to Manhattan Beach
California beach town with a laid-back lifestyle and a sense of history.
Manhattan Beach is a welcoming, warm, friendly, and endearing city in Southwest LA County. Like its sister cities, Redondo and Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach is the heart of a vibrant and thriving community with an ingrained sense of friendliness. Being located on the coast of the South Bay region, Manhattan Beach has one of the best climates and locations in the entire region, turning the city into an earthly paradise on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
What to Love
- Year-Round City Sponsored Events & Activities
- An award-winning school system
- The stunning sunsets on the beach
- A vibrant and fun-filled downtown
- Strong small business focus
Manhattan Beach takes after most of California in that many of its 35,000-odd residents are active, athletic people. On sunny days, you can bike, surf, play volleyball, or sunbathe at El Porto Beach.
The priciest homes for sale in Manhattan Beach are located along The Strand — a bike path separating gorgeous luxury homes from the beach. The Strand neighborhood occupies less than a square mile and stretches from Hermosa Beach to El Segundo. You can expect Strand homes to fetch between $5 million to $25M+ million (with celebrities and famous athletes sometimes among the bidders).
Manhattan Beach has five areas of town including the Tree Section, the Hill Section, Mira Costa and Liberty Village - with varying price points and neighborhood attributes.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Regarding shopping amenities, Manhattan Beach has three main retail districts. In Downtown Manhattan Beach, you will find nearly 100 locally-owned retail storefronts located on Highland Avenue just seconds from the beach. Further inland, Manhattan Village is another thriving retail center. You will find many shopping and dining options in North Manhattan Beach, an aesthetically pleasing, family-friendly surf community just 10 minutes south of LAX.
Residents can enjoy a walk along the Manhattan Beach pier or stroll downtown and delight their palates in one of the city’s magnificent dining options.
If you are in the mood for a good steak, you should go to The Artur J at 903 Manhattan Avenue; here, they serve premium cuts of meat cooked in the purest American style. In addition, the restaurant has a very fancy atmosphere, making it a perfect option for a fine dinner and an unforgettable evening.
Whether you’re looking for a deli or a last-minute birthday cake, Beckers Bakery & Deli has you covered. This family-owned bakery has been at 1025 Manhattan Ave since 1942, making it a part of the city’s history and an iconic spot for Redondo Beach residents.
The Metlox Center is a dining and shopping venue in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach. Here you can find different options to eat and upscale shopping of the most recognized brands. The Metlox Center is an ideal destination for a quick shopping getaway or a week-long outing with the whole family; at the Metlox, fun is guaranteed!
If you are looking for relaxation and a complete resort experience, the Shade Hotel is the ideal destination. This magnificent and picturesque hotel located in the heart of Manhattan Beach is the preferred choice of residents when it comes to comfort and relaxation. The ocean view, the Californian sun, and the pleasant Mediterranean climate perfectly complement the luxurious experience offered by the Shade Hotel. Also, if you have wedding plans, you will be happy to know that you can book the ceremony, party, or both at the Shade Hotel and make your wedding unforgettable.
Things to Do
Tennis enthusiasts have their meeting point at the Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament; every year, the best open tennis players and the South Bay area compete for glory, the trophy, and the prizes. AVP volleyball tournaments also regularly take place on Manhattan Beach.
The Manhattan Beach Pier is an iconic place for its residents; the pier represents the city’s culture and is rooted deep in its history. Every November, you can attend the lighting of the pier, a traditional event that serves to welcome the holiday season in the city. This family-friendly event you can enjoy with your loved ones in a cozy atmosphere is a must.
The beach stretches over two miles and is about 450 feet wide, comprising over 100 acres of gorgeous sand. Going north from Manhattan Beach, you can bike, jog, or walk through El Porto Beach to El Segundo Beach, minutes south of LAX Airport. The beach provides endless opportunities for water sports, sunbathing, and whatever your heart desires.
One weekend each fall, the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair sweeps Manhattan Beach. Hours vary, though attractions like the beer garden, food booths, and game booths generally are open from mid-morning to 5 or 6 p.m. The festivities kick off with a parade, followed by a battle of the bands, which occupies two main stages throughout the afternoons. The fair also sets up areas for children’s play.