Updated: Aug 28, 2020
Exploring Bruce's Beach in Manhattan Beach, California
Living in southern California means having beautiful warm weather roughly 300-plus days a year. There is never a shortage of things to do or places to go. I love being outdoors with my dog so I am always looking to explore new places, especially parks near the ocean. One of my favorite cities to visit is Manhattan Beach. Nestled on the coast, about 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, this laid-back beach community has something for everyone. You can relax on the beach, get surfing lessons, grab lunch at one of the seaside cafes, go shopping at fancy boutiques, explore parks, or catch an evening sunset while enjoying the fine dining at one of the city's many restaurants.
This past weekend I decided to explore a park that I haven't been to called Bruce's Beach. It's the oldest park site in Manhattan Beach and is situated on a sloping hillside covered in beautiful green grass with benches, a basketball court, and a gorgeous oceanfront view. The park is located between 26th and 27th streets across from the beach.
The beach-front park was named after Charles and Willa Bruce, the couple who bought the land in 1912 and developed a resort for Black people, which was the only place on the coast where they could gather. You can read more about the history here.
Whether you're looking to read a book, relax in the sun, have a family picnic, or play frisbee with your dog, this park offers a serene atmosphere with picturesque views. I really enjoyed the day here with my dog and I will certainly come back. Be advised that parking is a bit challenging as the location is surrounded by houses and generally busy. And be sure to check out all the park rules and regulations as well as Covid-19 updates before visiting. All park info can be found here.