Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Manhattan Beach, located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, is a great place to soak up the sun and enjoy the ocean breeze. With just over 2 miles of sandy beach, there's room to swim, run, surf, play beach volleyball or just relax in the sunshine. There are separate running and biking paths along the length of the beach. Lifeguards are stationed on the beach during daylight hours.

Manhattan Beach Pier is a popular spot for fishing and viewing the sites. It is the oldest standing concrete pier on the West Coast and was declared a state historical landmark in 1995. At the end of the 928-foot pier is a small octagonal building that is home to the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. It is open to the public seven days a week and is free with suggested donations. Learn about the life below the pier and how unique the Southern California marine environment can be.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Historic pier. Surfing. Beach volleyball courts.

Cons

Very crowded.

Features

ADA accessible
Fishing
Historically significant
Picnic tables
Surfing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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