2. Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach is one of the hottest spots in California and it is easy to compare it to Miami Beach in Florida as both are where the rich and famous come out to play. The Manhattan Beach Pier is a fantastic place from which to enjoy a spectacular sunset, but sunbathing and people-watching are the two main activities in this corner of the Golden State. Sometimes called the Pearl of the South Bay, Manhattan Beach has also been described by the Travel Channel as one of the sexiest beaches in America. Manhattan Beach is thought to be the birthplace of beach volleyball and the sport remains popular here to this day.