Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach
4.5
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FTichy
Celebration, FL2,423 contributions
Went there for the AVP tournament.
It is a great place.
The beach is clean and spacious (lots of beaches are cramped).
The structure is great.... boardwalk, restaurants, coffee shops, stores, etc.
You can go lay out at the beach, then walk the boardwalk sight seeing, have a cup of coffee or lunch or dinner.
It's really a place to go and relax and enjoy the atmosphere. There is a great vibe about it, it was a great experience.
Venice has nothing on this place, it's a no brainer!
Written September 1, 2022
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Ann43609
Toledo, OH83 contributions
Couples
Beach is beautiful and there was a huge volleyball tournament while we were there that just created a fun atmosphere.
Also, lots of cute little places near the beach for snacks or shopping.
Written August 9, 2022
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Sammie-Jo69
North West England, UK254 contributions
Solo
Great vibe to the area - shops, eateries etc. - all a stone’s throw away and clean. Beach itself is sandy, spacious and offers great views… just watch out for the volleyball! Parking difficult but manageable.
Written July 6, 2022
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada609 contributions
Family
We had brunch at one of the restaurants on the street above this beach prior to spending a full afternoon on the beach.

The beach is nice with a wide expanse of sand that gets hot in sunny weather. We enjoyed an invigorating sea breeze when there. The high waves in the sea provided a good opportunity to surfers to ride out the waves.

The beach is also good for shallow water swimming. I found the water cold but ultimately spent well over 15 minutes swimming in the sea.

The beach is also good for families and outdoor enthusiasts. The bike path that winds along the oceanfront between mansions and wide stretches of sand lined with volleyball courts provides a good activity alternate.

Munir D.
Written June 28, 2022
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groovology
Cupertino, CA184 contributions
Despite living in LA while going to school, I never really spent any time in Manhattan beach, so when we found ourselves doing some business nearby, we took the opportunity to give it a look.

Parking is fairly difficult, but if you go to the multistory lots or even the City Hall lot you can probably find a spot.

An interesting walk with some lively bars and restaurants will take you to the pier and a beach that is full of volleyball courts. It was a weekend and the place was crowded, but it was also very hot, so what else do you expect?

What we did like was that there is an interesting walk called the Strand that fronts the beach, and there are some interesting homes along the beach front if you are in to architecture. not sure I'd want to live there though with thousands of strangers blocking your view of the ocean!

What disappointed us is that they do not allow dogs on the pier. They do not allow dogs on the Beach. In fact, the place seems pretty anti-dog in general, which was a pretty big turn off. As a result I don't think we would return any time soon even if we lived nearby.

Written June 23, 2022
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Victor B
Tucson, AZ663 contributions
Family
Fantastic beach. Big and beautiful with lots of activity, especially beach volleyball. It’s so nice and clean and the bike paths and walking paths as very nice. So much better than the dump Venice Beach has become with the uncontrolled homeless population. This is clean, safe, and upscale.
By the pier are lots of restaurants and places for drinks!
VictorB
Written June 18, 2022
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Gordon B
Netanya, Israel779 contributions
On a lovely beach within minutes of the center with clean facilities available. Suitable for all and offers wonderful viewas of the ocean as well of Manhattan Beach.
Written June 7, 2022
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Michael U
Las Vegas, NV42,845 contributions
Like most of California's coast Manhattan Beach continues to grow at an alarming rate, but unlike Venice or Santa Monica the vibe is more relaxed thanks to a collection of locally owned eateries and shops plus a slightly older population.
Written January 6, 2022
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Victor B
Tucson, AZ663 contributions
Family
Really like Manhattan Beach. It’s got great big clean beaches, lots of bar and restaurant options, and best of all…it has not been overrun by homeless encampment tents like some other beach areas (eg Venice Beach - which is now sadly a place to avoid). Manhattan beach is clean, upscale and awesome! We ate at Esperanza (fancy), Pancho’s (fun) , El Tarasco (take out), Pitfire pizza (good), Wild Cafe (nice) and also did Bolero Bowling (nearby fun). The Pier has an Aquarium at the end (small) but it is free!! Go! Have fun. Stay at the Sea View Inn - it’s nice and has a great location!
VictorB
Written January 3, 2022
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McWett
Las Vegas, NV1,492 contributions
Couples
They still have outdoor dining in the street. Heaters are in place. Parking is a challenge but you can usually find a place in the underground parking lot behind Shade. It has many restaurants and bars, great stores and a wonderful pier for people watching or just taking in the view.
Written October 17, 2021
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