We spent a few days in Manhattan Beach prior to our trip to Hawaii this summer. I chose this area because of its close proximity to LAX and reviews of clean, relaxed, residential beaches. As recommended by Trip Advisor travel experts, we stayed at the Sea View Inn and were very pleased with the accommodations (see review). We bicycled on the beach path north to Santa Monica and south to the Manhattan Beach pier (much preferring Manhattan Beach to areas north), boogie boarded in the waves, and had good, inexpensive hamburgers and milkshakes at Snoopy’s, a few doors from the Sea View. We visited the Getty Museum, where my husband and I very much enjoyed our quick jaunt through several galleries and the guided architectural tour we joined, but our active boys would have much rather spent another afternoon at the beach. Thumbs up for Manhattan Beach!