Long Layover at LAX Airport? Head Down to Manhattan Beach

So you just landed at LAX airport and your next flight is hours away.

This is exactly what happened to me last time I took a flight to LAX, I had five hours to kill at the airport….

No one likes to spend hours at airports. Especially at LAX where you know you are so close to one of the greatest beaches of LA. Manhattan Beach makes a perfect spot to kill time if you have a long layover at LAX airport…

Landing to LAX airport
Getting to Manhattan Beach from LAX

Why Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is one of the best beaches in Los Angeles and it’s conveniently located just south of LAX airport.

The area has a cool small town feel with lots of small boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants. It’s actually really easy to forget that you are in LA as the vibe is completely different here than in other parts of the city.

Walk along Manhattan Beach Pier to enjoy some ocean views or grab a beer at one of the many bars of Manhattan Beach overlooking the beach. Make your way up the hill to explore some great shopping along Manhattan Beach Boulevard. There is something for everyone!

You will notice that people love the outdoors here as there are always tons of people surfing, longboarding, jogging or just casually strolling along The Strand and Manhattan Beach Pier.

Watch tour at Manhattan Beach

Plus! Manhattan Beach is famous for its gorgeous sunsets. If you get a chance, head down before the sun goes down, it’s so worth it!

Sunset at Manhattan Beach
Sunset at Manhattan Beach Pier

How to get to Manhattan Beach from LAX Airport

From LAX Airport to Manhattan Beach

The best way to get to Manhattan Beach is by Uber or Lyft. Make your way down to shared ride pick up area at LAX airport. The pick up area is just outside of the main airport building in a huge parking lot. You can either get there walking or catch a free shuttle from arrivals level.

Store Your Luggage Or Check Your Bags With Your Airline

All you need to do is either store your bags in one of the luggage storages near the airport, carry your luggage (not recommended especially if heavy), or check in your luggage in advance with your airline. Some airlines open their check in four hours before flight departure.

I ended up checking in my luggage over 4h before my flight giving me lots of time to head down to Manhattan Beach to explore.

Good to know before you go

  • There is no luggage storage at LAX airport due to security reasons. However, there are some luggage storages just outside of the airport like Vertoe luggage storage.
  • The drive from LAX airport to Manhattan Beach is just 5.8 miles (9.3km) and generally takes around 20 minutes without traffic. It’s good to remember that LA is known for its heavy traffic so check the estimated ride time before heading to the beach.
Sunset at Manhattan Beach

I wish I could have stayed for longer, the view was just spectacular. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some more time to properly explore LA!

Meanwhile I would love to hear about some great tips for visiting LA?

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4 thoughts on “Long Layover at LAX Airport? Head Down to Manhattan Beach

  1. It is always such a relief you find some activity during long layovers. I remember I had a 12-hour layover in Bangkok. Initially, I was dreading it, but I stepped put and could experience a little bit of Thailand. Definitely doing this if I have one at LAX airport.

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