Manhattan Beach Pier

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Manhattan Beach Pier
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Follow Manhattan Beach Boulevard all the way down to the ocean and you'll be greeted by this 928-foot pier. The 1920 structure is a popular spot to see surfers catching waves below, along with sweeping views of the Palos Verdes peninsula to the south and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. It also marks the center of the busiest beachfront in the coastal city, a stretch that's stocked with volleyball nets and home to the Manhattan Beach Open, whose winners are commemorated on the pier's walkway. The pier is also a popular fishing spot, though we can't vouch for the quality of the catch. We can, however, guarantee that you'll see live fish up close at the Roundhouse Aquarium, which resides in the octagonal building at the end of the pier.


Venue name: Manhattan Beach Pier
Address: 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach
Price: Free
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The overall Manhattan Beach vibe is active and upbeat - even if the marine layer is around. I bring anyone and everyone here (out of town guests, local friends, family, etc). From the pier looking south you can see the Hermosa Beach Pier (fun to walk or run pier to pier if you feel like working out) all the way down to Palos Verdes. It's quite a view! They decorate the pier in the winter time with Christmas trees so it's really festive and fun. In the summertime it's the mecca for beach volleyball tournaments. The pier is a great place to come escape the congestion you often find in LA. 


Every time I'm at the Manhattan Beach Pier, I look down at all of the names of star volleyball players enshrined on the sidewalk. It's cool that this pier is more than just a lookout point; it's the center of activity for the beach, it houses an aquarium and it marks a popular surf spot. If you have a long layover at LAX or need a quick stop before/after a trip to the airport, it's the perfect spot to take in the SoCal shoreline (aside from those smokestacks in the distance).

The Manhattan Beach Pier is a gem. First, it's clean and beautiful and is surrounded by places to eat and drink—but most piers are. What makes this place special is the constant activity that is going on around it, from volleyball tournaments to the surfers in the water. And then, to top it all off, at the end of the pier is the cutest little aquarium thats definitely worth a visit. And you don't have to go into the aquarium to see sea life, there's often great white sightings off the pier and dolphins in the nearby distance.