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Seal Beach

Location: Main Street and Ocean Ave. Seal Beach, CA 90740

How to get there

Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, skip the Seal Beach Blvd but go south on the Main Street.

About Seal Beach

The best thing about the city of Seal Beach is of course the beach of Seal Beach! Confusingly named, but invitingly appointed this wide sandy beach is associated often with the pier. Although real seals no longer frequent the sands you will see their image is logos, signage and more everywhere. There is a bronze cast statue of 'Slick the seal' the entrance of the pier which makes a great photo with the kids.

On the sands itself, you'll find lifeguards on duty, with clean showers available to rinse off once you are done. Officially over the border from LA into Orange County, it has a different vibe that is more relaxed and welcoming to many. Definitely a place to go with the kids and to spend the day. Parking is plentiful but of course starts to fill up later during the busy times. In peak summer get there by 10am to get a spot that isn't too far to walk. A kids playground is available and there are lots of restaurants within easy walking distance along Main Street.

A unique feature is the power plants, oil refinery and large tanker ships which can be seen in the distance from the beach! Not so good for surfing, but the mild waves are kid friendly but still enough for body boarding depending on the winds.

Seal Beach in LA

Parking fees: $3 per 2 hours or $10 for the day

Food: Restaurants within easy walk on Main Street.

USS Spruance pierside at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach [Image 1 of 9]

Here is Seal Beach on the map.


Nearby Attractions

While most people visit the beach just for a day of sand, sun, surf and fun, there are actually many interesting attractions all within easy reach of the beach. So if you want to combine some activities in a day in the area, or simply want to allow some members of your group to do different things, then consider some of these nearby attractions.

Point Dume - At the end of the beach, visible as you look all the way to the left while facing the sea, Point Dume is a rocky promontory that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. It is most interesting as a rock climbing location as the rocking mound forms a natural climbing wall with very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are perfect for the beginner or training, or simply for those simply wishing to try out natural rock climbing.

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