Named Best Surf Spot in Los Angles in 2011 by LA Weekly, North Manhattan Beach (historically known as El Porto) provides the vistas typically associated with sunny southern California‚ complete with white sand, iconic lifeguard stands, volleyball courts, a snack shack, outdoor showers and a bike path. An underwater canyon creates some of the best surfing opportunities in the South Bay. 

The name change came from the Manhattan Beach City Council circa 2007 which cleaned up the image of the area previously known for hard partying ways of the 70s and 80s. While the quality of the area improved‚ the name change was mostly ignored by South Bay locals who still largely refer to the beach as El Porto. 

Only a short jaunt from LAX, visitors should take Lincoln Boulevard south to Imperial west to Vista Del Mar south. There a huge metered lot adjacent to the beach and patience will typically score you a spot. 

El Porto Beach / North Manhattan Beach
Intersection of Vista Del Mar and 45th St.
(310) 372-2166
Grab your reusable bags and head over to what some call "The Best Farmers' Market in the South Bay!"

Open twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, the Torrance Farmer's Market invites you to sample top quality produce brought in each week direct from 60 California farms! The market features a year-round selection of California grown fruits, nuts, vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods, fish, cut flowers and nursery stock. You'll also find delicious goodies and a variety of ethnic cuisines from local vendors including Thai Tiffany, Bistro Laurent, The Bread Man and more. 

Yelp users rave about the Torrance Farmer's market"The best farmers market in LA, hands down. I have been to the majority of the markets in the southbay and westside and this is the best. It has great vendors, especially those who grow extremely unique heirloom varieties that cannot be found elsewhere. In addition, they have fabulous pre-made food stands such as Afgani, Korean, Greek, Mediterranean, and Italian. This market also is one of the few places that carries raw cream/milk and bison. I cannot say more positive things about this market! LOVE!"

Pro-tip: Locals say the market gets busier on Saturdays, so if you have time mid-week parking and visiting may be less of a hassle on Tuesdays! 

Torrance Farmers' Market
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Charles H. Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Sepulveda Blvd. and Carson St.)

Compass Realty Group