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Credit: Philip Guerette

5 Things to Do on Your Next Trip to Manhattan Beach

Keep Cool on the Coast in This Laid-Back Beach Community 

Searching for the quintessential California destination? Look no further than Manhattan Beach. Popular among families and beachgoers, Manhattan Beach offers some of the best day and night activities in LA. A short drive just south of LAX takes you to this quaint beach community noted for its beautiful coastline and posh hillside homes. Friendly locals say hello to visitors and LA natives alike, fostering a sense of community felt from Aviation Blvd all the way down to the pier. Whether you’re strolling along the sand, sipping an iced vanilla latte or window shopping at mom-and-pop boutiques, there’s no better city to spend a long afternoon enjoying everything surf, sand and sun. Let’s dive right into everything Manhattan Beach has to offer! Manhattan Beach Itinerary

 

STAY

You’re sure to keep your cool at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach, which boasts a tranquil atmosphere that’s perfect for a beachside getaway. Step into the lobby and ride the relaxation wave all the way from morning to night. Start with the vanilla-bean brioche French toast for brunch on the terrace, followed by a Smokin’ Paloma on the rooftop Skydeck for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Manhattan Beach Itinerary

DINE

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Be sure to include Little Sister at the top of your dining plans for an innovative fusion of Southeast Asian and European cuisines. Attracting LA locals from all across the county, Little Sister at The Point features the culinary work of Chef Tin Vuong, who’s also the owner of this popular hotspot. Try the Ca Kho To as a dinner entree, which features Vietnamese caramelized and coconut-braised salmon served in a clay pot.

SHOP

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In need of a little retail therapy? Head to Manhattan Village for a luxury shopping experience in the heart of Manhattan Beach! This lifestyle center is home to a variety of top-notch stores and restaurants. Take a stroll through the village, and stop by name-brand shops like Anthroplogie, Faherty, Gorjana, Pottery Barn, Sephora and more!

Manhattan Beach Itinerary

DO

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Commonly referred to by locals as The Strand, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail is an absolute must-see in Manhattan Beach. Running just along the shoreline, the paved trail spans north up to Pacific Palisades and south all the way down to Palos Verdes. Pack a bag for an entire day out if you plan to traverse the entire path. Make stops in Venice Beach, Marina del Rey and more beach cities along the way!

Manhattan Beach Itinerary

DON’T MISS

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One of South Bay’s latest dining destinations, Esperanza Cocina de la Playa in Downtown Manhattan Beach is a stunning Sonoran-inspired restaurant. The jaw-dropping interior gives off a glamorous coastal-chic vibe, which draws inspiration from Cabo San Lucas. Stop in for the Fresh Spicy Mango Margarita and the delicious Fajitas Del Mar for an elegant evening out. 

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