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Popular amenities for Manhattan Beach vacation rentals

Stay near Manhattan Beach's top sights

Manhattan Beach Pier334 locals recommend
Manhattan Village49 locals recommend
Bruce's Beach9 locals recommend
Polliwog Park23 locals recommend
Target65 locals recommend
The Kettle48 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Manhattan Beach

  • Total rentals

    430 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    8.1K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    260 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    160 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    270 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Manhattan Beach

Welcome to Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is a glamorous city surrounded by more low-key surf locales. While this place has hung on to a small-town feel and can claim plenty of surfer cred, it has leaned into a more glitzy interpretation of coastal living, with opulent seaside homes, upscale boutiques, and ritzy gastropubs. Manhattan wears its luxury character on its sleeve — think complicated cocktails served by a rooftop firepit — and is happy to have it both ways.

One of its most recognizable institutions is an unpretentious restaurant, advertised by a giant model of a cauldron hanging from a post on its roof, which slings burgers, fries, and giant stacks of pancakes. Spend the morning wandering the glossy home decor and clothing stores clustered near Manhattan Boulevard and then make your way to the beach, where volleyball courts and sun-warmed sand beckon. Watch surfers carve through the swells at the vaunted El Porto surf break, go for a dip in the cool water, and spend your evening dining on fresh seafood with a waterfront view.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Manhattan Beach

During the summer, Manhattan Beach pulses with surfers in wetsuits, beachgoers in bikinis, and sidewalks buzzing with outdoor diners and shoppers. The rest of the year isn’t too different: Southern California’s pleasant climate means the beach is active year-round, although winter is cooler and mornings are marked by marine layer — low-lying clouds that scuttle in from the ocean. Every year, usually in August, bleachers are erected on the sand and tens of thousands pour in for the Manhattan Beach Open, the only professional volleyball tournament in which amateurs can qualify to play.

Top things to do in Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Pier

The city’s pier juts 900 feet into the water, offering panoramic views of the beach and surf. With bright blue railings and distinctive glass globe lights atop cement pedestals, it has a retro flair. You can fish off the pier year-round, as well as tread the Volleyball Walk of Fame, a series of bronze plaques commemorating the winners of the Manhattan Beach Open. Its tip offers superior sunset viewing, and benches lining the pier allow for leisurely wave-gazing any time of day.

The Strand

This popular pathway runs along the top of the beach and connects Manhattan to nearby Hermosa Beach in the south — the city’s shaggy surfer cousin — and Santa Monica to the north. It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll or pedal, so hop on this trail to ogle the palatial beach homes that guard the beach.

Light Gate

This glass and metal art installation at 14th Avenue and Highland Avenue is shaped like a giant keyhole — a big, flat orb with an opening in the center. Twice a year, on January 27 and November 14, the sunset aligns with the keyhole, and a gleaming ray of light courses through the center. The sculpture’s decorative glass panels create colorful prism-like refractions year-round.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Manhattan Beach?

    Manhattan Beach enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and dry with average highs around 75°F (24°C), while winters are cooler with average lows around 50°F (10°C). Rainfall is scarce, especially in the summer.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Manhattan Beach?

    Visitors often enjoy sunbathing on the beach, playing beach volleyball, or surfing in the clear waves. Walking along The Strand or exploring the shops in downtown Manhattan Beach are also common activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Manhattan Beach?

    The most popular time to visit Manhattan Beach is during the summer, from June to August, when the weather is warmest. Events such as the International Surf Festival and Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament often attract visitors during this period.

  • What are the best places to stay in Manhattan Beach?

    The Sand Section, known for its beachfront homes and vibrant nightlife, is a popular area to stay. The Hill Section, with its stunning ocean views, and the quieter, family-friendly Tree Section, are also favored by visitors.

  • What are the best places to visit in Manhattan Beach?

    Explore the Manhattan Beach Pier for panoramic ocean views, take a stroll along The Strand, or visit the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. Downtown Manhattan Beach, with its diverse shops, is also worth exploring.

  • What are some hiking trails in Manhattan Beach?

    While Manhattan Beach is not known for its hiking, the nearby Palos Verdes Peninsula has numerous trails. For a local walk, the Veterans Parkway, a 4 miles (6.4 km) long trail, is a nice choice.

  • What are some family activities to do in Manhattan Beach?

    Families can enjoy a fun day at Polliwog Park, visit the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden, or explore the sea life at the Roundhouse Aquarium. Sand Dune Park offers a natural play area for kids, while beach volleyball is a favorite activity at the beach.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Manhattan Beach?

    Day trips from Manhattan Beach could include exploring the nearby cities like Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, or El Segundo. Nature lovers also frequently take day trips to Palos Verdes Peninsula or the Los Angeles Botanical Garden.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Manhattan Beach?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 270 vacation rentals in Manhattan Beach featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Manhattan Beach?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Manhattan Beach. Choose from more than 160 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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