A guide to Manhattan, Hermosa & Redondo Beaches

Santa Monica and Venice are world-renowned beaches in Los Angeles, but the beach cities of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo offer affordable and attractive alternatives. They are popular for short layovers due to their close proximity to LAX. Here is a little about each of these beach towns and their unique personalities.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan is the most upmarket and busiest of the three beach cities. It has a picturesque pier, cute boutiques, plenty of bars and great restaurants. It’s lively with packed patios in the summer. Good luck with finding a parking spot on weekends! Plus it’s within 20 minutes of LAX. Manhattan is the most desired of the three, and accommodation prices tend to reflect this, but it’s only a short Uber from Hermosa and Redondo. For a standout meal visit Fishing with Dynamite, who specialises in seafood with a bang. For premium lodging, check out Shade Manhattan beach, a boutique hotel with sleek design and a rooftop bar.

Eat & Drink: Fishing with Dynamite, Love & Salt, Brewco

Stay: Luxury boutique – Shade Manhattan Beach (from $300 USD)

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa is the middle city between Manhattan and Redondo. It’s cute with a long beach, kitsch boutiques, and good nightlife. it’s not as exclusive as Manhattan, but more modern than Redondo. The beach is littered with bars and restaurants with sea views. Hermosa Brewing Co is a great spot for a cool drink. Gumtree, an Australian cafe, is a real find. With fresh food and a large patio space, it’s a great place for brunch, a flat white or some lamingtons (Aussies get it!)

Eat & Drink: Gumtree – an Australian cafe, Hermosa Brewing Co, Decadence, Sosta

Stay: Hermosa Beach House Hotel (from $300 USD per night)

Redondo Beach

Redondo is like entering a time capsule from the 1950s and 60s. It has an old fashioned, laid-back vibe. Redondo has lots to offer families with a SeaPark with waterslides, swimming pools, and picnic areas. There’s also an old arcade. The Crowne Plaza is the largest hotel in Redondo and most of the rooms have balconies with ocean views. The hotel is nice if a bit sterile. For something more boutique, try the Shade hotel. There are some excellent ocean view spots for a drink, from dive bars to seafood restaurants. Just make sure you don’t miss Tonys at the Pier. It was established in 1952 and not much about it has changed since. There’s a circular bar up top and a restaurant below, both with floor to ceiling sea views. The crowd is vibrant and friendly, and there’s often live music, who take requests! 

Eat & Drink: Tonys at the Pier, A Basq Kitchen, Bettolino Kitchen

Stay: Mid-range – Crowne Plaza (from $150 USD), Boutique Luxury – Shade Redondo Beach (from $350 USD)

Hermosa Beach


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