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Manhattan Beach is an ideal place to look for vacation rentals for your Los Angeles trip. Although South Bay doesn’t enjoy the popularity of Santa Monica, this area has become a hotspot over the past few years, with celebrities flocking to Manhattan Beach in droves. Whether you want to experience some exciting nightlife or you want to find a quiet beachfront vacation home for your family visit, Manhattan Beach vacation rentals have a lot to offer. To find the right place for your home base, keep these tips in mind.

Look at a Map of Southern California Before You Commit

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Not all vacation rentals offer the luxury of being right on the beach, so if this is important to you, double check the address before you commit to a choice. If you don’t want to be right on the beach but still want to enjoy lots of sand and surf, you may want to consider choosing an address within walking distance to the beach. Other things to look out for include dining and shopping options in the area and access to the highway, as you’ll likely want to explore more of Los Angeles during your vacation. If you’re traveling with your family, look for the quieter neighborhoods away from the beach, as these are far away from busy local bars and clubs.

Choose a Walkable Area

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Walking is one of the best ways to get around the waterfront areas of Manhattan Beach. Getting around by foot gives you great views of the coastline and helps you stretch your legs after driving through LA traffic. Many vacation rentals in walkable areas make note of a “walking street” near the property, which describes a pedestrian-friendly road. This street may or may not be right on the waterfront, so make note of the address.

Check Out Neighboring Communities

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Although you can find plenty of vacation rentals in the city, Manhattan Beach is still a fairly small community. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the city itself, consider expanding your search to other communities in the South Bay. Hermosa Beach is a charming city with a bustling downtown area. If you want to cook most of your own meals during your vacation, it’s also home to a great farmers’ market. Redondo Beach is a quieter community with a picturesque pier. Both of these cities are just a short drive away from Manhattan Beach and offer easy access to the rest of Los Angeles.

Take Advantage of Local Nightlife

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Manhattan Beach is a nightlife hotspot, so don’t pass it up when you’re in town. The views of the pier and harbor during sunset are spectacular, which is reason enough to spend at least one evening close to your vacation rental. If you want to dance the night away, you’ll find plenty of options without having to venture into downtown LA.

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Even if you want to cook most of your meals in your vacation rental’s kitchen, you should go to at least one restaurant in Manhattan Beach. The local dining scene is one of the best reasons to stay in the city, and you can easily find world-class seafood, burgers, sushi and pizza close to your front door.