Our Manhattan Beach Getaway

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is the cutest little beach town. I’m a huge fan of going to the beach. But we have never been fans of the over crowded touristy beaches that are lined with hotels and souvenir shops. It’s never been our thing. Well if you want that beach feeling without the tourist twist you need to hit the west coast. Heres a recap of our Manhattan Beach Getaway.

Location is the best!

Its located only 15 min from LAX… enough said right there. Manhattan Beach is also within proximity of many other places including Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, LA, Santa Monica, Malibu and about an hour drive to Disneyland (here’s a post about our first trip to Disneyland). There was plenty to do just in Manhattan Beach alone though. Obviously go to the beach, lots of little shops, walk along the strand, aquariums, and more.

Ready for our Manhattan Beach Getaway
Ready to board the plane!
Houses near our Manahattan Beach Getaway
Houses in Manahattan Beach
Walking on the Strand in Manhattan Beach
Walking on the Strand

The beach itself

There were no hotels that were directly on the beach. This is a plus and minus I guess for most. But it was seriously the nicest beach, not overcrowded and super clean. I think the fact that it’s not very touristy was a huge part of that. And I loved all of it. The weather was a little chillier than normal while we were there (early May) – it was high 60’s most of time but still warm enough to enjoy everything. Of course it was warmer there before and after our trip 😉

My husband and kids playing in manhattan beach
My husband and kids playing in the ocean
Enjoying manhattan beach
Girls taking selfies on the beach of course 😉
kids playing in the sand in manhattan beach
kids playing in the sand
enjoying the view during our manhattan beach getaway
Enjoying the view
playing in the sand on manhattan beach
Typical – dad is playing and being fun and I’m worrying about sunhats 🙂
Beautiful houses on the Strand during our manhattan beach getaway
Beautiful houses on the Strand
Auntie and Lily playing in the water in manhattan beach
Auntie and Lily playing in the water

Lodging

We stayed at the Sea View Inn at the Beach which is a cute beach hotel. It definitely is a simple place (just a heads up it is nothing fancy) but for us it had everything we needed. It was located about 2 blocks from the beach. We got a one bedroom with a kitchen. The hotel has all the items you need for the beach- chairs, towels, sand toys, umbrellas and even bikes to ride down the strand. I’m sure there are lots of other airbnb or homeaway options.

Sea View Inn at Manhattan Beach
View from our room at Sea View Inn
Walking to the beach from our hotel
Walking to the beach

Stuff around where we stayed

There was plenty of things by our hotel – a couple breakfast spots, yoga studio, beach pizza, spa/nails, party store and more. Everything we needed was right out the door.

The Local Yolk - cute breakfast spot during our manhattan beach getaway
The Local Yolk – cute breakfast spot
The Local Yolk - cute breakfast spot in manhattan beach
Local Yolk – they gave the kids all this before we ordered (they dug in before my pic)
Beach Pizza in Manhattan Beach
Beach Pizza – doesn’t get much better!

Downtown Manhattan beach

THE BEST.  There are lots of great shops and restaurants. All walkable within downtown. From our hotel downtown Manhattan Beach was about a 10-15 min walk away or a really fast drive. We even walked there with the kids a few times. Here are just some of the places we went to. Everywhere we went was great food and laid back and kid friendly.

Wahoos Fish Tacos

Pitfire Pizza

Mama D’s Restaurant

Downtown Manhattan Beach
Downtown Manhattan Beach

Bottom line

I would go back in a heartbeat. We really enjoyed our Manhattan Beach getaway. Such a beautiful town and beach that wasn’t overcrowded.

Until next time Manhattan Beach <3

loving the sand during our manhattan beach getaway

xx Danielle

dmyarb12