Manhattan Beach - The Strand

Are you looking for a gorgeous little downtown to spend the evening, with stunning sunsets on a clean beach, great restaurants, safe and happy vibe?

Manhattan Beach is the place! This coastal town sits between Hermosa Beach to the south and Los Angles to the north, with a busy downtown district and great beach activities.  

My favorite thing to do when visiting is to walk along the Strand – a long walkway connecting Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach.

Pedestrians and cyclists use this path, but in Manhattan Beach, the bike trail splits away from the main trail making for a more pleasant and safe walk. As walk the Strand, you can admire the multi-million dollar homes terraced on a gentle slope.

The separate bike trail is actually part of the longer Marvin Braude Bike Trail, which runs along the Santa Monica Bay.

For a different view, walk on the pier and watch families playing on the sand, surfers waiting for the right wave, and fishermen.

Manhattan Beach - The StrandAfter a long walk or bike ride, we head to the restaurants in downtown. Some of the restaurants have great views of the beach – some from rooftops.

 My favorites are Simmzy’s, Petros, Nick’s, and Magiamo.

We had dinner at Magiamo Ristorante during a recent visit – an Italian restaurant with a patio overlooking the ocean. The food, drinks, and dessert were excellent.

For starters, we had the Ahi Tuna Tartar Stack – an artful creation of Poke. Our main meals were the Potato crusted Halibut and the Skillet Braised Oxtail. Both were delicious and filling. For dessert, we tried the Butter cake and the Tiramisu. They were so tasty we wanted seconds.

This restaurant is on the pricy side, but it is worth it for the food and the view.