Manhattan Beach boasts two miles of sparkly coastline, almost all of it stacked with dreamy hillside homes. It's certainly the most upscale of the Beach Cities; Manhattan Beach's pleasant and posh center separates it from Hermosa's beach bum bar scene or the ever-changing Redondo.
Most of the activity is centered around the walkable waterfront slope of Manhattan Beach Boulevard, with additional shops and an increasingly essential dining scene trailing along Manhattan Avenue as well. Head down to the beach for countless volleyball nets, the Manhattan Beach Pier and the Strand, the bike and walking path that traces the shoreline.
Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or an easy oceanfront destination near the airport, you'll find plenty of worthwhile restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and attractions in our guide to Manhattan Beach.