400-500 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA
Summer- $3 per hour to $10 maximum per day
Winter - $3 per hour to $8 maximum per day
Hours: Sunrise to 10:00 PM
Operated by Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.
The Strand is a pedestrian path along the edge of the Manhattan Beach. Benches are found at intervals along its route.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail passes through Manhattan Beach, roughly parallel to The Strand. The full Bike Trail extends 22 miles between Will Rogers State Beach in the north and Torrance County Beach. Cyclists enjoy exploring their way from beach to beach along the bike trail's course, stopping here and there to sample the fares at the various beaches.
Beach Cities Transit (BCT) connects Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and
El Segundo. The fare is $1.
The BCT 109 Line runs from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM between Redondo Beach Riviera Village and LAX City Bus Center. Stops along the way include Hermosa Beach Pier Avenue, Downtown Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Village Mall, Douglas Green Line Station, downtown El Segundo, and Aviation Green Line Station.
Manhattan Beach is most popular for surfing and beach volleyball. About 50 volleyball courts are spread out along the 2-mile long beach. The City of Manhattan Beach hosts an annual volleyball tournament and an international surf festival. Surfers usually hang out at the two most popular spots along the beach, the Pier and El Porto. The well-maintained beach draws nearly 4 million visitors every year.
Built in the 1920s, the Manhattan Beach Pier extends 928 feet into the ocean. At the end of the pier in an octagonal building is the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. Surfers find good waves close to the pier, anglers appreciate it for its access to deeper water, and others enjoy its views.
The City of Manhattan Beach maintains beach parking lots, city parking lots, and metered street parking. The City has installed new technology parking meters that accept credit and debit cards throughout the City. At the beach near the pier are the Upper Pier Lots and the Lower Pier Lots which have a total of 118 spaces. El Porto Parking Lot at the far north end of the beach has 227 spaces. Not all city lots are show on our map.
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety