Welcome to Manhattan Beach
Eclectic seaside community with two miles of beachfront
Manhattan Beach is an eclectic seaside city in Los Angeles County’s South Bay region. An unbroken stretch of sandy beach runs for more than two miles along Manhattan Beach’s glorious Pacific coastline. The historic landmark of Manhattan Beach Pier juts out into the ocean at the beach’s center. Pro beach volleyball matches regularly take place on the sands of Manhattan Beach, and the pier features the Volleyball Walk of Fame. Manhattan Beach is a popular community for family living, with a strong focus on education shown through many top-ranked schools.
The Strand runs in parallel to the beach, offering spectacular oceanfront residences with unbeatable Pacific views. Each of the Strand’s masterpiece residences showcases the finest in contemporary architectural design. Properties along this iconic stretch represent some of the world’s most expensive and sought-after real estate. Other neighborhoods in Manhattan Beach offer spacious, single-family homes in a wide variety of styles.
What to Love
- Oceanfront residences on The Strand
- Two miles of unbroken beach
- Manhattan Beach Pier
- Pro volleyball matches
People & Lifestyle
Manhattan Beach is an exciting, small city packed with attractions and entertainment options. This two-mile-long stretch of beautiful coastline is flanked by the paved bicycle path of the Strand, linking Manhattan Beach to many other gorgeous beaches along California’s Pacific coast. The city also offers a wide variety of trendy shops and exceptional restaurants and is known as a top professional volleyball destination.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Manhattan Beach Pier runs through the middle of Manhattan Beach to the ocean, extending for 928 feet. This landmark of Manhattan Beach has been attracting tourists, artists, photographers, anglers, and residents alike since it was built in 1920. The pier is known as an outstanding spot for fishing, with anglers sometimes catching hundreds of barred surfperch within the space of an hour. A distinctive red-roofed Mediterranean roundhouse at the end of the pier houses the popular Roundhouse Aquarium.
More than 50 restaurants and over 150 retailers can be found on the streets close to the pier’s entrance in Downtown Manhattan Beach. The Strand House serves chef-driven farm-to-table cuisine in a beautifully designed space with panoramic ocean views. The Arthur J offers a contemporary update of the classic American steakhouse. This stylish, retro restaurant pairs mouthwatering dry-aged steaks cooked on a wood-fired grill with redefined takes on vintage cocktails. Other dining highlights include sophisticated craft beer gastropub, The Rockefeller, elegant American taverna Nick’s Manhattan Beach, and Lemonade for health-focused, seasonal Californian cuisine. Downtown Manhattan Beach is also a hotspot for fashionistas, with trendy apparel on sale at boutiques such as All Yoo, BLVD, Katwalk, and The Beehive.
Things to Do
The city’s namesake beach is one of Los Angeles County’s most popular seaside destinations. Throughout the summer, Manhattan Beach is buzzing with activity as surfers tackle the waves beneath Manhattan Beach Pier and other beachgoers enjoy playing on its 100 beach volleyball courts.
The Manhattan Beach Open is regarded as the United States’ most prestigious beach volleyball tournament. Around 60,000 spectators typically gather to watch the action as top players compete for the honor of having their name added to Manhattan Beach Pier’s Volleyball Walk of Fame. It’s even possible to take part in this prestigious event yourself, as the Manhattan Beach Open allows amateurs to enter via a series of pre-qualifying rounds.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail runs alongside Manhattan Beach on its 22-mile coastal trek from Torrance Beach in the south to Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades to the north. Popularly known as the Strand, this iconic, paved bike path takes in many of California’s finest beaches.
Manhattan Beach is served by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. This whole public school district ranks among the very best in California.
- Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Opal Robinson Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Pacific Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Manhattan Beach Middle School, Public, 6-8.
- Mira Costa High School, Public, 9-12.