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Manhattan Beach Parking

Where to park in Manhattan Beach

View from Lot 13 El Porto Beach Parking Lot towards three palm trees and the ocean.
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Parking in Manhattan Beach can be difficult, it is after all a pretty small City of 3.94 square miles and only 2.1 miles of beach.

Space is limited… by giant mansions.

But for the rest of us, there are some public (not free) parking lots provided by the City of Manhattan Beach. The Manhattan Beach Pier is by far one of the biggest beach attractions in town, so naturally that is where you will find the most parking.

  • Beach parking lots: $2.00 per hour
  • City Parking lots $1.50 per hour
  • Street Parking $1.75 per hour

Each space has an individual meter and most of them take both coins and debit/credit cards.

If you’re going to the Beach,

As you head west on Manhattan Beach blvd, you’ll see the Manhattan Beach Pier, at the end of Manhattan Beach blvd. there are two lower parking lots called, “Lot 10” which has 68 parking meters. Just above those lower lots, on Ocean drive are two upper lots called, “Lot 11” with 50 meters. These meters all cost $2.00 per hour with a 5 hour time limit. Parking meters take coins, debit or credit cards.

Parking lot closest to the Manhattan Beach pier.

Lots 10 and 11 have the easiest access to the Pier, The Strand, Bike trail, and the downtown stores. These lots are also the best place to park if you are visiting the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the pier.

Two Parking Meters and a parking enforcement sign.

If you’re going to eat or shop in Downtown Manhattan Beach

There are a handful of public pay lots spread out around Downtown Manhattan Beach.

Lot 1 is a relatively close parking lot to the Manhattan Beach Pier and the local shops It is located at Bayview drive and 10th place. Lot 1 might be a better spot to park if you are heading to the shops rather than the beach. This lot has 45 meters that cost $1.50 per hour with a 2 hour time limit.

Empty parking lot with parking meters at Manhattan Beach Public Parking lot 1

Downtown Lot 2 is actually two separate parking lots next to each other that have 66 parking meters and a 2 hour time limit. ADA Parking available. The parking meters cost $1.50 per hour and the access is located on either Bayview drive or 12th street. This parking lot is a good place to park if you are going to popular downtown restaurants like the Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite, or The Rockefeller Manhattan Beach.

Manhattan Beach Public parking lot 2

If Lot 2 is full, just head up 12th street (cross street of Highland ave.) to the much larger Lot 3.

Lot 3 is a multi-level parking structure that has 139 parking meters with a 2 or 10 hour time limit for $1.50 per hour. There are Electric Vehicle charging stations here, as well as ADA parking. Lot 3 is a good place to park if you’re visiting the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market, The Kettle, Sharks Cove, or Love & Salt.

Entrance to 3 story public pay parking structure, lot 3 in Manhattan Beach

Lot 6 is a small parking lot located on Highland avenue and 14th street, across the street from the Library. Lot 6 has 23 meters that cost $1.50 per hour with a 2 hour time limit. ADA parking is available. Lot 6 is close to Sushi I-naba, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, and Ocean View Cafe.

Lot 9 is an underground structure, also called Metlox Plaza. It has 450 meters for $1.50 per hour, with time limits of 24 minutes, 2 and 10 hours (Electric Vehicle Charging) ADA parking is available. This is a good lot to park at if you are going to eat at Nick’s Manhattan Beach, Fusion Sushi, Pitfire Artisan Pizza or the Shade hotel.

Lot 7 has 17 meters with a 10 hour time limit, ADA parking available This parking lot is parallel to the “Veteran’s Parkway Hermosa Greenbelt,” a popular walking/running trail that stretches from Manhattan Beach, through Hermosa Beach to Redondo Beach. It borders the residential area and is a few blocks away from the pier. Access is on Valley drive, a one-way street.

Public Pay parking lot 7 on Valley, Manhattan Beach CA
Lot 7 on Valley dr.

Free parking in Downtown MB

Lot 8 is a free parking lot with a 10 hour limit, however since it’s free parking it is rarely open. Lot 8 is a one way driveway that is easy to miss. Enter off of Ardmore avenue, coming from the direction of Manhattan Beach blvd. This lot is kind of a far walk from the beach, but if you’re motivated it’s worth it. This lot runs parallel to the “Veteran’s Parkway Hermosa Greenbelt,” a popular walking/running trail that stretches from Manhattan Beach, through Hermosa Beach to Redondo Beach.

Where to park if you’re going to the Library or City Hall

Lot 14, “Civic Center Upper” is a free parking lot with a 2 hour time limit. Access to the parking lot is from 15th street. ADA parking is available.

Lot 15, “Civic Center Lower” has 96 parking meters with a 2 hour time limit, $1.50 per hour and Electric Vehicle charging stations. Access to the parking lot is from 13th street.

Lot 5, the “Civic Center South” Lot, has 10 parking meters with a 2 hour time limit for $1.50 per hour. Access to the parking lot is on 13th street.

As mentioned above, Lot 6 is a small parking lot located on Highland avenue and 14th street, across the street from the Library. Lot 6 has 23 parking meters that cost $1.50 per hour with a 2 hour time limit. ADA parking is available.

Where to park at Bruce’s Beach

Empty bench at Bruce's Beach overlooking the blue sea

Lot 12 located at 26th and Ocean at Bruce’s Beach. Bruce’s Beach a public park that is about 16 blocks north of the downtown area of Manhattan Beach. Lot 12 has 68 parking meters, a 5 hour time limit for $2.00 per hour. Lot 12 is not close to any of the downtown shops or restaurants, but is a good place to park for beach access.

One-way, public pay parking lot at Bruce's Beach. 26th and Ocean, Manhattan Beach, CA
Parking at Bruce’s Beach

Street parking is available near Bruce’s Beach.

El Porto Beach Parking

Lot 13 is the northern most parking lot in Manhattan Beach. El Porto Beach borders El Segundo, and has 227 parking meters, a 5 hour time limit at $2.00 per hour. Access to the parking lot is on 45th street. Lot 13 is a popular surfing spot, and fills up frequently to the point that City Code Enforcement blocks off the lot.

One-way driveway entrance into the parking lot for El Porto Beach. Open 6:15am to 8:00pm
One way entrance into El Porto Beach Parking lot
View of El Porto Parking Lot from the Strand
El Porto Beach, Manhattan Beach, CA

Lot 4 is also in the El Porto area of north Manhattan Beach, but is about 2 blocks away from the beach. Lot 4 is located at Highland ave. and 38th st. with 64 parking meters for $1.50 per hour and only a 2 hour time limit. This parking lot is more for the surrounding businesses on Highland ave. like the Fishbar, El Porto Surf Shop, and Hot 8 Yoga.