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Before You Beach: A Few Insider Tips

17 May 2019 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
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Summer has arrived and you've decided to make a day of beach going, but before you find the ideal parking spot, slather yourself in sunscreen and head out, read on for a few ways to ensure the best experience in the beautiful South Bay.

First, make sure you look the part, and we don't mean full Baywatch makeover, but certainly you'll need some proper beachwear. Ladies, you'll absolutely want to make a pilgrimage to Diane's. With two locations convenient to Manhattan Beach, this bathing suit mainstay has been outfitting locals and visitors alike since it first opened as Mickie's Swim Shop in 1962. From tops to bottoms, one-pieces and cover-ups, Diane's has it all, including helpful staff. You may already have the perfect bikini, but who knows what sandals lurk therein? Gentledudes, you can be sure to find a fitting pair of trunks, wetsuit or surf shirt at the Jack's Surfboards in Hermosa Beach. It's also a cool place to find suits and stuff for the kids.

If you're visiting, chances are you didn't schlep a paddleboard or beach umbrella in your car or suitcase, but not to worry. Nikau Kai, (which means Palm and Ocean, also the owner's kids names), is the Manhattan Beach go-to for everything water-wise, including wetsuits. They're extremely knowledgeable and board rental rates are reasonable.  For bikes to umbrellas, we recommend the small but very amenable Jeffers, who namesake shop in Hermosa will outfit you for a comfortable beach visit and help keep things Cali cool.

Lest we forget, a good meal is a must before you play at the playa. For the locals, a satisfying breakfast burrito usually does the trick, and while there is some debate on who has the best, Brother's Burritos, with two Hermosa shops, has a full selection, whether you order off the menu or build-your-own. If you're tortilla averse, opt for a bowl. Alternately, avoid the crowds and shoot for a weekday visit at the popular Good Stuff, where the focus is on healthy fare and fresh air, a la patio dining. There are several locations, including Redondo and Hermosa Beach.

Finally, if you prefer to take in the waves from the comfort of your own barstool or bistro table, stop in at The Strand House. They serve amazing an Bloody Mary, along with other cocktails, local coffee and they  stock a full wine menu so you can have a leisurely break and watch locals in their natural habitat while experiencing nary a sunburn. For a more adventurous coastal experience, head out to sea. Rocky Point in Redondo Beach will outfit you with a kayak to set your own course, or you can take a tour by boat and encounter wildlife and whales while enjoying the weather.

We encourage you to take advantage of everything Manhattan Beach and the surrounding area has to offer this season. See our concierge for more ideas and suggestions.