Favorite thing: One can get a feel-good sense here with the "Americana" charm. The town is good for families to stay and live fairly comfortable. All who come can see how well the community takes care and pride of things. People are for the most part friendly and approachable. There is less potential for crime here, especially when comparing to the nearby city-zoo that is Long Beach. Notably, Seal Beach is a military town, with a respected naval base just a few miles from the shoreline.
Besides being a wonderful town, Seal Beach is centrally located between LA and Orange County attractions.
It's also not that far from San Diego, and Santa Barbera.
Fondest memory: If you don't mind paying $150 a night, then Seal Beach would be a perfect option for staying overnight.
Seal Beach to me is very old town America. It probably hasn't changed much in 50 years. It is a very quiet town with not a lot to do. It's very relaxing and pretty. There are some bars, and at night the town comes alive a little, but if you want some place that is wild and exciting, Seal Beach is not it.
Seal Beach would be a good destination for a family, beaches, parks and a pier, lots of things to keep the kids occupied.
Fondest memory: I love walking on the pier to watch the surfers in the summer months when the weather is perfect . I also love the pier at night, very romantic.
This month it was a Sandcastle Festival, next month a children's art festival.
Seal Beach may be way too family oriented for some visitors. Those who prefer late nights bar hopping over romper room might wish to head south to Huntington or north to Hermosa and Manhattan.
Fondest memory: I always see someone I know walking down Main St.
Today it was Ethan's babysitter ;-)
Above all, Seal Beach is a tighly knit community of people who take great pride in their hometown. Strangers say hello to one another, shop keepers are helpful and the entire town is sparkling clean.
Despite it's quiet appearance I can think of a half dozen pubs and bars on Main St. where you can get your groove on. Life in a town with four Irish pubs has to be terrific!
Main St. was the setting for the Michigan lake town in the movie American Pie 2. You'll see several of the local businesses and bars in the scenes where the boys drive throw town.
Fondest memory: It is standing room only on Thanksgiving Eve..which is great fun for me since my birthday often falls on that day.
Get your hair done at 'One of a Kind.' It's a tiny little family-owned salon. Everyone there is soooo friendly! They almost always seem to have wine chilling in the refridgerator on Fri. evenings. George is one of the best hair designers with a VERY reasonable price!
Fondest memory: Walking along the beach with the full moon out. It is absolutely beautiful and the fact that it is such a residential area, it allows you to actually enjoy the beach without being bothered.
Proceeds from this festival go towards keeping the shores of Seal Beach sparkling clean.
Some teams were comprised of families, others were from local businesses.