With its famous Strand and pier, Manhattan Beach is the quintessential ocean-side living experience, for those who can afford it. The laid-back South Bay community is popular with families and outdoor enthusiasts. The Strand bike path winds along the oceanfront between modern mansions and wide stretches of sand lined with volleyball courts. Downtown Manhattan Beach is home to boutique retailers, brunch cafes, and fine dining and is just steps away from the picturesque Manhattan Beach Pier. Every Tuesday more than 50 food vendors converge on Downtown Manhattan Beach for the weekly Farmers Market. As for school districts, Manhattan Beach schools are ranked some of the highest in the country.