Californians are known to be health conscious and none more so than those who live near a beach! Many reasons for that I'm sure. Just as many ways to stay healthy too, like riding a bike.
So many people in Manhattan Beach ride bikes that there is a lane especially for them! I thought it was just a sidewalk until I nearly got run over. It was after that that I saw the sign designating the space to bicycles. Except for the hilly landscape, I'd say that riding a bike around town was the best way to go.
The nearest to the beach, rental shop that I know of is:
1116 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
The BCT is convenient from the LAX airport. It departs from the LAX Transit Center (Lot C) area and also at the nearby Aviation Station (off the Green Line). If you have a long layover before departing from L.A. and you want to kill some time in lovely fashion, head on BCT 109 route (w/ Redondo Beach headsign) and in about 25 min, arrive in downtown Manhattan beach from the 14th St/Highland intersection (Picture shown this immediate area). Last time departing Manhattan to LAX is approx. 8:30 PM. Check website for updated info/schedule.
Manhattan Beach is conveniently close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It's only about 3 miles south, straight down Hwy 1/Sepulveda Blvd, which goes directly from the aiport through town. The drive is short, direct, and easy.
The primary part of Manhattan Beach that is of interest is quite compact, with mostly very narrow streets and it is quite pleasant and easy to walk around. When here, I stayed at the Marriott for a conference. It is away from the portion of town along the beach, off Rosecrans a couple blocks east of Sepulveda Blvd/Hwy 1, the main north-south thoroughfare through town. Even from there, I found it easy and enjoyable to walk all the way down to the beach and the pier, and even beyond. It took a while, and I had to negotiate some hills here and there, but it was qwuite interesting and pleasant. Within the main interesting part of town itself, walking is quite easy and the distances short. Driving and trying to park in downtown seem more problematic.
The most pleasant place to walk is along the Strand, the pedestrian/bicycle "street" right along the beach. In summer, in particular, this is more pleasant because cooled by the breezes which don't penetrate the dense, narrow inner streets.
Ride a bike.
For the best cab ride ever call Kenny or Ali 310 918-2354
The stage is set for a night out on the town, and since the party scene in the South Bay area of Los Angeles is so intense (to say nothing of the parking situation), driving is not an option.
Instead of their cars, locals rely on Kenny the Cab Driver and his rock 'n roll taxi to take them to the bars and parties. It's a trip so entertaining that arriving at the destination is a bit anticlimactic; you almost want him to drive around the block a few times in order to continue the experience.
Getting into Kenny's cab is like stepping into "Saturday Night Fever." It has Christmas lights, cranking dance music, is covered with snapshots of frequent patrons and features free candy. About the only thing missing is a disco ball. (description from PUBCLUB).
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