You've brought up two really different areas. Huntington Beach is a very large city in Orange County. Hermosa, Redondo, and Manhattan are much smaller cities in an area called the South Bay in Los Angeles. The drive from Orange County to the South Bay can take over an hour in traffic, if not more. Where will your husband be working? What is your budget?
The South Bay cities have that small beach city atmosphere that you seem to describe in your profile. The prices however, can be quite high. Huntington Beach has pockets of areas with the small town vibe, but for the most part, it's full of suburban neighborhoods, has great schools, and is designed for family living. Parking can be an issue in any of these cities, depending on where you decide to live.
Lastly, as agents, we are not really allowed to comment on areas to avoid (it's a practice called steering, illegal for real estate agents), but rather we can just point you to different resources for researching the areas. Your best bet is to visit the areas though, because they have a different feeling that is very hard to describe and tell you about.