Introduction to Manhattan Beach, California
Manhattan Beach, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NW of Redondo Beach, California (center to center) and 15 miles SW of Los Angeles, California. The scenic town is situated along the Pacific Coast in the South Bay region. The city is known for its excellent beach, expensive houses, upscale restaurants and prosperous residents. The Hill Section includes homes located on steep hills which have scenic views of the ocean and Los Angeles. The city hosts the prominent AVP beach volleyball tournament.
Manhattan Beach History
In the early years the city was included in the Rancho Sausal Redondo. Later, it was named Shore Acres by George Peck. In 1901 the southern portion was purchased by Stewart Merrill and named after his old residence in New York City. Peck and Merrill flipped a coin to determine the name of the city and Manhattan was the winner. Two notable wooden piers were constructed in 1901. The population significantly increased after World War II ended. The defense industry had been a major factor for the economy.
Manhattan Beach Attractions
- The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is a prominent Pro-Am cycling race.
- The AVP Beach Volleyball Championship is a well known event.
- Farmer's Market Tuesdays.
- Manhattan Avenue features a wide variety of shops and is a popular destination.
Manhattan Beach Activities
The excellent beach is popular for sunbathing, volleyball, surfing and swimming. There are more than 150 volleyball courts located on the beach. A scenic walking path traverses along the coastline. A picturesque pier is located at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and is available for fishing. Residents are close to Hollywood and the popular attractions situated in Southern California including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm.
Hermosa, Redondo and Venice beaches are close by. The Abalone Cove Shoreline Park located in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes is a scenic destination which includes tide pools, beautiful sandy beaches and impressive bluffs. The area features popular golf courses including Marriott Golf Course, Westchester Golf Course, Palos Verdes Golf Club and Chester Washington Golf Course. The Los Angeles Zoo is a short distance away.
Manhattan Beach Transportation
Air travel is offered at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Manhattan Beach Higher Education
The University of West Los Angeles is nearby.