Manhattan Beach: More than Just Sun and Sand
Manhattan Beach in California is a city located in the Los Angeles, South Bay region. It is known for its beachfront location and expensive real estate, placing it among California’s costliest cities to reside in. It is one of South Bay’s three beach cities, and is popular for its surfing and beach volleyball events.
In the early days, the region of Manhattan Beach was a part of Rancho Sausal Redondo’s ten-mile oceanfront. A man who owned a part of the town’s north end, named George Peck, first named it ‘Shore Acres’. In the year 1901, another man, named John Merrill, bought the town’s south portion and named it Manhattan, as a tribute to his old city, Manhattan, New York. Merrill and Peck decided to flip a coin to select a name, and the coin flip was in favor of Manhattan. Merrill built the first building downtown, which was later used for city offices in 1901.The large influx of new residents after the 2nd World War was due to the year-round livability of this region. The defense industry’s development brought more people for work and residence. From then, Manhattan Beach has constantly been developing into what it is today.
Boundaries of the City
The city lies along California’s Pacific coast, it lies north of the city of Hermosa Beach, and to the south of the city of El Segundo. It lies 19 miles to the southwest of Los Angeles city, and 3 miles south of the International Airport in Los Angeles. Other nearby areas include Inglewood and Hawthorne.
Characteristics that Make Manhattan Beach Unique
The city has a total area of 3.88 miles square, of which there is around 2.1 miles beachfront land and 40 acres of beach as recreational area. Manhattan Beach’s scenic pier has been built 928 feet into the bay and fishing is permitted all year long. The 48 acres of parks as well as the 21-acre parkway is adequate for all the residents and visitors to enjoy the area. Almost 50% of the land in Manhattan Beach is residential due to the high number of people who come to live here.
The city has many shopping areas such as the Village Mall, Downtown Shopping, and North-end Shopping. All these areas offer high quality shopping experience to all the residents, visitors, and tourists.
Manhattan Beach Restaurants
Manhattan Beach has a wide array of restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops that serve almost all kinds of cuisine. Restaurants like Houston’s, Mangiamo Ristorante, Pasta Pomodoro, Baja Sharkeez, and Fusion Sushi are famous for their exquisite delicacies, and the friendly and pleasant ambiance.
Manhattan Beach is famous for its beach volleyball and surfing culture. The first ever tournament for beach volleyball took place here, and it continues to do so every August. The International Surfing Festival takes place every July, and features prominent surfers from around the world. The ‘Strand’ is also ideal for walking, jogging, biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading. The pier has an aquarium you can visit and is also open for fishing throughout the year.