Small Town Seal Beach

Seal Beach is a charming small town with a lot a character and a lovely strand of broad sandy beach. It’s a popular spot for swimming, surfing, fishing, and just lazing around.

The Old Town area with its old buildings and shady tree-lined streets has a small town atmosphere, entirely appropriate for a city of only 24,000 people. You can take an easy stroll from the foot of the pier down Main Street, where you'll find cafes, restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, and plenty of places for browsing and shopping.

This small town attracts a lot of attention - more than 2 million visitors a year. The city boasts beautiful beaches and a large municipal pier. Annual events include a sand castle building contest, an art fair, and a 4th of July celebration.

It's also the home of the first Leisure World, a gated senior citizen community with nearly 9,000 residents. The huge 5,000 acre Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station is the location of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, which is not accessible to the public.

Seal Beach is located in the northwest corner of Orange County, between huge, bustling Long Beach and "Surf City," Huntington Beach.

Beach Activities

This wide, sandy mile-long beach is a popular spot for swimming, surfing, wind surfing, kite flying, and boogie boarding. A paved path running south from the pier is the place for bicycling, roller blading, and jogging.

Facilities include bicycle racks, wheelchair accessible restrooms and dressing rooms. A beach wheelchair is available at the lifeguard station. Beach parking is located at 1st, 8th, and 10th Streets.

Seal Beach Pier

At 1,865 feet, this pier is one of the longest in California. It's a great place to take a stroll and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline. Fishing is popular here, and the pier features long benches for anglers, fish cleaning stations, and a bait and tackle shop.

Other facilities include a restaurant at the end of the pier, lights, and restrooms and showers under the pier (accessible by steep ramps). There's a grassy park with benches at the foot of Main Street, and a playground at the base of the pier. Parking lots are located at then ends of 8th and 10th Streets.

Surfside Beach

This small stretch of beach fronts the tiny private community of Surfside It's popular with locals, but not easy to get to. There's no parking, only pedestrian and bicycle access at the southern end of the beach at Anderson Street.

Swimming and surfing are popular activities here, and there are poles for volleyball nets. There are lifeguards, but no facilities. The beach adjoins Sunset Beach to the south.