By Betsy Malloy
There's always a lot going on at Manhattan Beach, which makes it feel lively, fun and lived-in - and the beachfront homes here are among the nicest along the coast (good for gawking at and daydreaming about).
Manhattan Beach is best for: People-watching, beach volleyball, surfing, swimming, fishing, walking and bicycling
This urban beach is always busy. It can be hard to find parking and nearly impossible to find a free parking space. Because it's in the middle of town, it's easy to find a place for a cup of coffee, a meal or a drink - or to do a little shopping.