• Activities:

    Photography, Surfing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
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Duration: two hours.Enjoy the sunset while catching some waves.Consistent surf conditions year round for all levels.

Manhattan Beach Pier is a popular spot in the South Bay of Los Angeles for surfers of all levels. With its exposed beach break with consistent surf and more than 300 days of sun per year, you can pretty much always count on good weather in Manhattan Beach so you can surf no matter the season. Ideal swells come in from the southwest, which creates mellow waves during sunset that are perfect for chill riding. It’s never too crowded, but you’ll always see at least a handful of surfers catching waves by the pier—it’s not uncommon to find surfers weaving through the mussel covered pillars below.

One of the best times to surf out here is during sunset—you’ll have a front row seat for some of the best sunsets that Southern California has to offer. After a few hours of surfing, grab a bite to eat and relax with a drink at some of my favorite local spots, Fishing with Dynamite and MB Post.

Tips: be sure to check for surf conditions and watch out for the occasional riptide. There are a limited number of metered parking spots right by the pier, but there are parking structures or even free street parking if you’re willing to walk a little farther.

Pack List

  • Surfboard
  • Wetsuit
  • Towel
  • GoPro
  • Camera
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Great place to relax after a long day. Parking can be limited on the weekends and metered during non holidays. Water quality here is better than most Los Angeles beaches. Beautiful all around, definitely recommend!

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

Parking can be a little tricky. Make sure you have quarters or park in a garage.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

We love spending a day here and especially a sunset. The vibe is great!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

I grew up right here and you really can't go wrong with a stroll along The Strand, a sunset swim, or a surf. It is one of Los Angeles's most iconic beach spots and for good reason - beautiful views, warm water in the summer, and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. During the spring, summer, and fall, the surf is typically good for newbies and pros alike. Be sure to grab a beer at Shellbacks after!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Great surf spot! Lot's of shark sightings this year though (migration patterns apparently changed due to El Nino), but the waves are lovely!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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