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Manhattan Beach State Park
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Manhattan Beach State Park Ray of Light © Rainer Quesada
A ray of sun passing through the pier during sunset.
Manhattan Beach State Park Storm Passing © Rainer Quesada
Storm clouds passing over the pier of Manhattan Beach.
Manhattan Beach State Park Colorful Sunset © Rainer Quesada
A gorgeous summer sunset.
Manhattan Beach State Park Detail of the Pier © Rainer Quesada
A deatil of the pillars of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
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Manhattan Beach beaches are located south of Los Angeles International Airport and north of Hermosa Beach in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. The beaches are maintained under operations of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

For those who want to know the essence of this beach located in the heart of Los Angeles County, it's a sportsman's paradise that long ago gained a reputation for the great surfers who have lived, worked and surfed at Manhattan Beach.

Where to Stay

Manhattan Beach offers hotels near the Beach but none are on the beach front in this residential, shopping and dining beach destination. One of the new, hip, top 10 hotels is Shade Hotel. It offers cool designs, lighting and ranked as only one of 17 cool hotels on Conde Nast's recent "cool" list. The hotel is very proud of its rooms, dining and cocktail lounge. People have flocked to Manhattan Beach just to try it out. In California, as many people visit destinations to try out hotels and those who travel for events and attractions. Hotels actually are the attractions in many instances. If you seek a retreat, this could be the place to take someone special or treat yourself to a memorable getaway in L.A.

History of the Area
This park was established as a state beach in 1955. It's known for its sandy shores and volleyball courts. The area has been popular with surfers since the early 20th century due to consistent waves year-round.

In the late '60s, it became home to professional tournaments like Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament which is still held annually today.

The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium opened on-site in 1979 providing marine education programs for visitors of all ages.

Amenities such as bike paths were added making it an ideal spot not only for sunbathing but also recreational activities.

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Nearby Hotels

- Identify your starting point.
- Head towards the nearest main road or highway: This will depend on your current location.
- If you're in Los Angeles, get onto I-405 S from W 1st St and N Main St.
- Follow signs for Interstate 405 S/Santa Monica/Interstate 10 E/Pomona
- Merge with I-405 S
- Continue to follow this route until reaching exit number 42A.

-Take Exit Number 42A: It's important that you take this specific exit as it leads directly toward Manhattan Beach Blvd.

-Follow Manhattan Beach Boulevard Westbound:
After exiting, turn left (west) onto Manhattan Beach Blvd.

-Proceed Straight On The Roadway:
Keep going straight without making any turns unless directed by traffic signals or signage.

-Look Out For Signs To State Park:
As soon as you see a sign indicating "Manhattan Beach State Park", prepare to make an appropriate turn into the park area

-Make A Right Turn Into The Parking Area Of The Park:

-Park Your Vehicle In Designated Spaces Only

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