Address: 1001 East Seal Way, Seal Beach, CA
Most Angeleno’s have never made the 30-minute drive south to this quaint coastal community. Boy, are they missing out! What a lovely, laid back beach town. Its Main Street is super charming – comparable to LA’s Larchmont – but much more antiquated in the most endearing way.
The address above guides you directly to arguably the best beach-front parking in all of Southern California. You almost literally park on the sand itself; $2.00 per hour, payable via the Passport parking app. From here you can either walk to the shoreline, bum around on the adjoining pier, play on the on-site playground, or head over to Main Street for a bite & small business shopping.
As for the beach itself, the locals are incredibly friendly and the waves are perfect; like a waterpark wave machine, constantly rolling in.
While in the area… consider driving 9 minutes up the road to see the World Famous Naples Canals (129 Ravenna Drive) – similar concept to the Venice Beach Canals but more “alive” with paddleboarders and small boats. You’ll be speechless, wondering “How did I not know this ever existed?!”
Also worth mentioning, and nearby – the Walter Pyramid – an enormous blue pyramid (ala Luxor Hotel in Vegas) located on the Long Beach State campus (6005 East Atherton Street). A fun photo op!!
All in all, this is an outstanding corner of Orange County that all LA residents & tourists should absolutely come visit!
Scroll down to watch a video on Seal Beach, from KCET’s iconic TV show “Visiting with Huell Howser”.