The Pier, Manhattan Beach
I always found the beach to be very relaxing. I dont know if it was the sound of the ocean, its waves crashing on the shore or the breeze but I fell in love with Manhattan Beach. I moved here after a very difficult marriage and even more difficult divorce. I needed to start over so i decided i would start fresh here. At first i would just sit at the Pier and pray or talk to God...You know... "why me....why is this happening...life is so hard.. blah blah blah". Then I really started to feel better, I found so much comfort here that this place has a special place in my heart and someday I hope to move back.
Fondest memory: Some of my happiest memories was of when I was living in Manhattan Beach. I was about two blocks from the beach, lived in a tiny apartment and I went to the beach everyday. I was really into getting in shape at the time and i would get off work and take a jog on tne Strand or rollerblade or bike ride. Sometimes if I was having a bad day i would get a hot chocolate at the Coffee Bean and walk down to the pier and just think or relax or take a walk. I would go at any time of the day or night. I always felt very safe there.
Summer is great in Manhattan Beach but really anytime is great being there. At night time theres so many people out and its a nice place to hang out.
While most people liked to go to Beaches Restaurant, I really liked going to Shellbacks.(Right across from Beaches). We would walk down from the apartment and go have a few drinks and watch the basketball game or the football game.. it didnt matter. Shellbacks is more laidback, cheaper prices, and mostly filled with locals.
This round building is located at the end of the Manhattan Pier ,it has an exhibit of the
flora and the fauna of the Santa Monica Bay.
A great place for chiildren where kids can look at and sometimes touch creatures in tanks and aquarium.
Fondest memory: The Roundhouse,is available for Birthday Parties and fieldtrips , and it also provides wheelchair acces & Parking.
So location is
The end of the Manhattan Pier , and it can be reached by phone
Open weekdays 3 pm till sunset
weekends 10 am till sunset .
Donations of $ 2 us recommended.