Manhattan Beach is a small coastal city located in southwestern Los Angeles, California, USA. The city is on the Pacific coast, south of El Segundo and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay. It has expensive housing and benefits from ocean breezes that provide clean air and summer temperatures that are cooler than the inland regions of Southern California.
Most high profile individuals in the sports and entertainment industry live in Manhattan Beach due to its oceanfront desirability, top performing school district and commuting distance to Los Angeles. Manhattan Beach is a hotspot for beach volleyball and surfing and a majority of the land was once exposed sand dunes which now lie beneath the city’s buildings and streets. The underlying dunes afford residents ocean views throughout western portions of the city. The city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament and the International Surf Festival.
Manhattan Beach is known for its clean, wide, sandy beaches and attracts over 3.8 million visitors annually.
Beach volleyball, swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular activities among residents and visitors. Popular surf spots include the Pier and El Porto. Lifeguard stations are located along the entire length of the beach and the beach is cleaned and groomed daily by crews from LA County Beaches and Harbors Department.
Manhattan Beach has also been nicknamed the “Pearl of the South Bay” for its beauty and desirability and as a result CNN Money named it in 2011as the best place for the rich and single and The Travel Channel named it one of the sexiest beaches on earth.
There are several public parks in the city. The largest and most popular is Polliwog Park located on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, two blocks west of Aviation Boulevard. Polliwog Park has a small lake, open-air concert amphitheater, playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms and a fenced dog exercise area. It is also the site of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society Red Cottage which is the home to the city’s collection of historical artifacts. Marine Avenue Park, west of Aviation Boulevard on Marine has several light ball fields, basketball courts and an indoor racket ball facility. Live Oak Park in the downtown area has ball fields, playground equipment, tennis courts and picnic tables.
An area known as the “Green Belt” or “Veteran’s Parkway” is a pedestrian-friendly walkway that runs adjacent to Valley Drive and Ardmore Avenue near downtown Manhattan Beach. Residential prices in Manhattan Beach are among the highest in the state of California.
Manhattan Beach is a classic southern California beach with volleyballs, surfers and sunbathers. The South Bay Bicycle Trail and a pedestrian walkway run through the beach and is a great place to jog and bike. Many dinning and shopping options are available in nearby Downtown Manhattan Beach.