Seal Beach is a nice, wide, sandy beach with a Pier and is located off of Seal Beach Boulevard where it turns into Ocean Avenue between 10th and 8th Streets. The parking lot is a decent size and parking is Pay By Space at an automated station where you can use cash or a credit card to pay and get your Parking Receipt to put on your dash board. You can park in the lots for 2 hours for $3.00 or pay a Maximum of $6.00. There are bathrooms at the pier and lifeguard stations. No concession stands, but there are a few restaurants on the opposite side of Ocean Avenue that you can walk to for food and drinks. Or bring a cooler full of food and beverages for a beach day.
Seal Beach Statue
The community is named Seal Beach for the seals that used to occupy the beach in the past. You may see one off of the pier, but they mostly like to relax on the buoys out further in the ocean. The statue of the Seal, named Slick, is actually a Sea Lion. Many people, especially kids, like to have their picture taken with this iconic statue.
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
The beaches are wide and you can take the stairs or a ramp to access the pier. There is a playground area near the South parking lot and beach that is fenced off with swings, slides, and a jungle gym set to play on for kids. The North side of the Pier can get pretty busy with windsurfing on breezy days. Windsurfers like to come out to this side of the pier on windy days.
Seal Beach North Side Windsurfing
View of the South Side of Seal Beach Pier
The South side of the pier is a less windy and has plenty of wide beach to play on or relax and soak up the sun while enjoying the surf.
Seal Beach Pier North Parking Lot
Seal Beach Pier View
There is currently no access to the last 100 feet at the end of the Pier. It is behind a locked fence. The 50's diner, Ruby's, was previously the restaurant at the end of the pier but the lease was not renewed and they left this location in January 2013. The pier was damaged in August 2014 by Hurricane Marie and following an engineering assessment, it was determined that it would cost the city of Seal Beach between $3.4 - $4.4 million dollars to repair this section of the pier. OC Register article (Oct 2015). The Original Fish Company was selected to occupy the location and remains interested and open to negotiations. Hopefully the repairs will be made and issues resolved to reopen the end of Seal Beach Pier at some point in the future.
Seal Beach Pier End - No Trespassing