Destination guide

Experience a different pace of life in Manhattan Beach

Take a break from bustling Los Angeles with a Manhattan Beach vacation rental by visiting this friendly beachside community nestled in the southwestern corner of Los Angeles County. Manhattan Beach boasts an assortment of quaint homes and hideaway vacation rentals. Feast on diverse cuisine and stock up on souvenirs at the independent shops on the hill overlooking the ocean. Feel white sand between your toes as you head to the beach with a surfboard under your arm. For a romantic finale to the day, relish sunset views from Manhattan Beach Pier and enjoy locally made wine at a trendy bar.

Things to do

The sand and surf of Manhattan Beach awaits!

Manhattan Beach's top temptation is, unsurprisingly, the sprawling beach itself. Expansive, tranquil, as pretty as a postcard, and within walking distance of most Manhattan Beach vacation rentals, the beach provides a home base for many a vacationer. To enjoy more than just ocean views, why not get your fill of fun at Sand Dune Park, where kids love racing down the dunes and getting rid of all their energy at the playground. Parents will adore the views of the town, and happy family times as they chase their little ones up and down the dunes.


Relax in the small-town atmosphere of Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is literally a breath of fresh air, where crowds and congestion take a back seat to watersports and sunbathing. Most Manhattan Beach vacation rentals put you within walking distance of the beach, the pier, and the downtown area. Tickle your taste buds at restaurants that range from modern steakhouses to classic Italian restaurants or exotic Asian fusion. The kids can check out underwater animals at the Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium—a family-friendly zoo and Aquarium on the Manhattan Beach Pier. Or, you can just enjoy the charms of the sandy beaches.


Hit Manhattan Beach for laid-back sunbathing

Thanks to its Southern Californian location, Manhattan Beach brings you perfect weather for a healthy dose of Vitamin D as you soak up the sun all year. Even during winter, Manhattan Beach temperatures usually hover between 50 and 70, ideal for exploring the downtown area or enjoying a glass of wine at a local winery. If sun, surf, and sand are your thing, summer is the time to visit. Daytime temps usually climb to the mid-80s, but thanks to the sea breeze, Manhattan Beach is arguably the most comfortable summer vacation rentals spot in L.A.

Natural features

Stay on a sand dune in Manhattan Beach

Today, Sand Dune Park is the only remaining exposed dune in Manhattan Beach. Before humans made their mark, the entire area comprised of sand dunes. Developers leveled many of the dunes in the 1920s and 30s, covering most of them in buildings, sidewalks, and roads. Manhattan’s dune roots still influence the vibe of the community and are the reason why the entire town slopes down toward the ocean. Conveniently situated near local vacation rentals, Sand Dune Park hosts rare floral species to see and explore.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Manhattan Beach

The nearest airport is in Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), located 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), which is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Manhattan Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,606 vacation rentals near Manhattan Beach. From 680 Houses to 588 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Manhattan Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Manhattan Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Manhattan Beach:

  • Sand Section: 127 vacation rentals
  • El Porto: 39 vacation rentals
  • Gas Lamp Section: 38 vacation rentals
  • Tree Section: 65 vacation rentals
  • East Manhattan Beach: 68 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Manhattan Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Manhattan Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Manhattan Beach Pier: 5,271 vacation rentals
  • Polliwog Park: 5,351 vacation rentals
  • Elegance Boutique Spa: 5,404 vacation rentals
  • Venice Beach: 5,689 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 2,564 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manhattan Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Manhattan Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 680 Houses in Manhattan Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Manhattan Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 588 rentals available
  • Villas: 20 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 88 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Manhattan Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 236 vacation rentals with pool available in Manhattan Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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