What You Can Expect to Find at Manhattan Beach:
Known as “the Pearl of South Bay,” Manhattan Beach boasts gorgeous beaches, an iconic Pier, and a lively downtown area. It combines classic surf town charm with a classy flair all its own. It’s an awesome spot for surfers of all levels!
Manhattan Beach draws locals and tourists alike. Due to its incredible attractions and scenery, it’s a popular spot for wealthy individuals to buy second homes. The wide, sandy beaches are great for individuals wanting to soak up some sun, surf or play beach volleyball. The multiple breaks in the area draw surfers and body-boarders and the town hosts annual volleyball competitions. For example, the famous AVP Manhattan Beach Open occurs right by the Peir.
The Manhattan Pier juts into the water off downtown. Fun shops and delicious eateries surround the Pier. A little aquarium (with free admission, by the way!) known as The Roundhouse is located at the end of the Pier.
Known as “the Pearl of South Bay,” Manhattan Beach boasts gorgeous beaches, an iconic Pier, and a lively downtown area.
What Makes Manhattan Beach Great for Beginners?
The beaches in this area consist of Manhattan Beach Pier (north and south of the Pier) and El Porto, slightly further north. El Porto has great waves for beginners and is one of the most consistent breaks in L.A. Check out our blog on El Porto here!
Manhattan Beach Pier is another ideal spot to learn to surf. The beach has wide expanses of flat sand. Surfers do not have to worry about rocks here – a great perk for novices. The gently sloped shore allows individuals, children specifically, to practice riding waves where they can still touch the ground.
The vibe in the water is usually friendly, welcoming, and not too crowded. This is ideal for beginners because they will be able to hold their own in the line-up and catch more waves.
The nearby parking lots, bathrooms, and volleyball nets add to the appeal of this beach, especially for families.
When is the Best Time to Go?
Manhattan Beach is best on a western swell. This break has the tendency to closeout sometimes, however there is usually some fun whitewash for beginners to ride. The waves are much smaller in the summer. When the conditions are right in the winter, waves close to the Pier can be well-defined and pumping.
Manhattan Beach is best on a western swells, however there is usually some fun whitewash for beginners to ride.
Who Surfs in Manhattan Beach:
Expect to see locals as well as tourists out in the water. Many beginners learn in this area so there often are novices in the line-up. Surfers of all ages and abilities like to paddle out here so expect to see advanced and intermediate surfers as well.
Ready to Shred?!
Let’s get out there! 😎 Book a lesson at Manhattan Beach or at any of our other awesome beach locations. One of our fantastic instructors will meet you at the beach with all the gear necessary. They’ll have you catching waves in no time! See you soon!