Seal Beach Travel Guide

  • Seal Beach, CA
    Seal Beach, CA
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    Irisher bar, Seal Beach, CA
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  • Seal Beach
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Seal Beach Things to Do

  • Walk Old Town Seal Beach by the beach...

    The Main St promenade before the shore is a nice, leisurely one with several enticing little shops, a movie theater, about 4 Irish bars, and even more ice cream/yogurt and coffee places. Hmmm... a glass of Guiness, a scoop of strawberry on a cone and a cappuccino with biscotti all in a day with the ocean background... seems like heaven.

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  • Learn to Surf

    We took lessons from Michael Pless and Family. The M& M Surfing school. Both Ray and I had always wanted to learn to surf and if your thinking about it Lessons are for sure the way to go. This school is very well organized and is a very affordable way to learn to surf. I would take the lesson again when I go back. Included in your 60 dollar 3 hour...

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  • SEAL BEACH PIER

    Seal Beach Pier makes for a nice (and usually windy) walk. You can look out at the Pacific, watch the surfboarders (even in winter) and stop for a meal at the end as Ruby's Diner is perched right there.

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  • WALK DOWN THE MAIN DRAG

    If you don't stop along the way, it won't take long to see the main street of Seal Beach. We like to poke into the antique and other shops along the way on both sides - have an ice cream or meal (some good seafood in that town). There's also a small store that sells great beachwear, tee shirts etc.

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  • Old Time Movie Theatre

    The Bay Theatre on the corner of PCH and Main street is a really cool old movie theatre. Designed in 40s deco, this place is a throwback to another era. The theatre boasts a pipe organ that accompanies silent film screenings from time to time. The Bay always has something interesting playing, from a new foriegn film, to an old time classic like the...

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  • Sand and Sea

    Take a stroll on the beach, or relax for a few hours with a picnic lunch. Lovely views of the pier and ocean, plus Seal Beach is typically not touristy, so you'll have the beach to yourself. The farther you walk south of the peir the nicer it gets. Great in the summer at nightime.

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Seal Beach Restaurants

  • Slice of New York via Seal Beach

    Simply pizza done at its best. Get here if you want your pizza hot fresh and thin with just the right kind of crisp, and delivered with good greetings from the counter guys and often the head guy here. I usually get the tomato and basil but there is a variety from which to choose usually. There is serious competition from neighboring Z Pizza which...

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  • Picnic Dining Made Easy

    Charo Chicken is a take out or delivery chicken restaurant. There are some chairs and tables, but no atmosphere. Charo Chicken is chicken made fast. This is healthy fast food. Very tasty flame broiled whole chickens marinated in fruit juices, herbs and spices. Dinner plates come with choice of side dishes, such as spanish rice, corn on the cob,...

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  • Great food in a casual, pretty setting

    A nice restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Good and very diverse menu with lots to choose from. The restaurant is decorated in shades of yellow with retro advertising posters. The service is always good, and the owners are friendly.Nice bar and wine list. Cafe La Fayette is a favorite amoung locals. Restaurant looks very pretty at...

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  • Burgers & Milkshakes at the Pier

    Ruby's Diner is located at the very end of the Seal Beach pier in a Cape Cod style building. It is a very fun place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like Ruby's around 3pm, after the lunch crowd leaves, and before it gets busy for dinner. It is decorated with 50s memorabilia and it has a really nice salt water fish tank. Old bicycles and...

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  • Shoobie Doobie Down to Ruby's

    Typical American fare in a setting reminiscent of a classic 50's diner. The first Ruby's was opened on the Newport Beach Pier in the 1980's. Since then nearly every pier in Southern California has a Ruby's neatly situated at the end.Sometimes while dining here the pier will sway back and forth. Don't be alarmed :-) it is only the resupply ships...

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  • caramelized salmon

    It's true you'll always have a long wait to get in, but it's so worth it. Their signature dish, the caramelized salmon is incredible and their coconut shrimp is like no one else's. I usually order the carrots with the salmon instead of the asparagus, because it seems to go better with the flavors of the sauce. Go!

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Seal Beach Nightlife

  • Brown Beers, White Wine & Sports

    Extensive wine and beer list in a very cozy atmosphere.Televisions with Sports on all the time, along with sports memorabilia. This is not your typical sports bar, this place is very charming. The Abbey is similar to a brown bar you would find in Belgium. The wood burning pizza oven gives this place lots of atmosphere and charm. Can get very busy...

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  • Every Town Needs and Irish Pub

    Just a great informal place to throw back a drink or two. The cocktails tend to be a bit watered down so stick with beer and wine unless you are looking for an expensive buzz. Beach Casual..shirt and shoes required. You'll see a wide variety of dress types.

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  • Pub #2

    Hennesey's used to be O'Malley's but apparently the town of 25,000 needed another Irish pub in addition to the Irisher and Clancy's, both of which are a bit further down the street.This town is perfect for a pub crawl or A VT meeting! Beach Casual.

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Seal Beach Transportation

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    These electric vehicles are becoming more popluar.

    by jenn_d Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    Seal Beach is easily accessible from the 405 Freeway. Daytrippers usually arrive by car. Parking on residential streets can be difficult to find. Bring quarters for the parking meters which charge a dollar an hour.

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Seal Beach Shopping

  • Summer Neccessities

    The Corner Drug has been around for a while. On the corner of Electric and Main, and next to the Abbey. Large old fashioned drug store filled with everything you would need for a day at the beach. This store is more than a drug store, it's a beach 5 & dime, complete with beach towels, souvenirs, kites, and boogie boards. Anything you need for a...

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  • Buy 10 - Get 1 Free

    I'm serious...if you buy 10 tropical shirts(not necessarily all at once) your 11th shirt is free. Many people collect Reyn Spooner shirts since they are made in limited quantities. Shirts made of Spooner Cloth (tm) appear faded which is what sets them apart from the other brightly colored an obnoxious prints. Floral shirts never go out of style....

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  • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie

    This is THE place for bathing suit shopping in Orange County. I've been buying my suits here for as long as I can remember.Popular brand names include: Roxy, Quicksilver, Raisens, OP, Bianca and Ann Cole. Vintage Hawaiin prints seem to be the trend this season. Skip the sarong and spend your money on some beaded flip-flops or a charming straw hat...

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Seal Beach Local Customs

  • Sand Castle Contest

    Every year in the Summer Seal Beach hosts a Sandcastle contest. The contest has 6 categories and 30 cash prizes.Held some time in late summer, August or September, but check with the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce for details and exact dates.

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  • Slide Down the Sand Dunes

    For years, homeowners of beachfront property would cross their fingers during our brief and sometimes violent winter storms. The swells would often end up in people's living rooms and the damage to private property was costly. The city finally came up with a solution a few years ago and now each fall a team of bulldozers creates artificial sand...

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  • Rub Slick's snout....

    Slick the sea lion sits at the beginning of the Seal Beach Pier. Legend has it that if you rub his snout you will have good luck.

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Seal Beach Warnings and Dangers

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    by marinarena Written Sep 5, 2006

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    Seal Beach is known for being rather quiet , however much buzz should be made that the water is full of stingrays. Specifically, round stingrays make their presence here, due to the increased warm temperature created by powerplant flow into nearby San Gariel River and Alamitos Bay. Though known to avoid humans, they have attacked several swimmers over the eyars, causing varying degree of injury. It is recommended to do the "stingray shuffle" with the feet while in the waters here. Stingrays don't like all the splash of attention. Of course, if you don't want to bother dancing in the water, just head for the sand to take in the sun or head north to the beaches of Long Beach/Belmont Shore.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Beaches
    • Surfing

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Seal Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Historic Red Car Museum

    The Pacific Electric Red Car Museum in Seal Beach is on the corner of Electric and Main. The Red Car Museum is an actual Red Car from 60 years ago from what used to be the finest public transportation system in Southern California. The Red Cars took beach visitors to Balboa Peninsula and north to Long Beach and even to downtown Los Angeles. The...

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  • Green Belt on Electric Ave.

    There is a nice stretch of park down Electric Ave, just south of Main Street. Makes for a nice walk. If you go all the way down to where you can't go any more, then turn right, it will take you to a nice stretch of beach. The green belt dead ends into the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. You'll see locals walking their dogs, and children on...

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  • Disneyland - Touristy but still...

    Disneyland Anahiem opened it's doors in 1955, and was the first themed amusement park of it's kind. It's a southern california institution. It's obviously commercialized, but it's stil great fun. Should visit at least once. Wonderful and magical for kids. Just 20 minutes from Seal Beach. My favorite rides are Pirates of the Carribean, the...

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Seal Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking along the coast

    Seal Beach has a very limited boardwalk area but you can head south to Sunset Beach and then you can bike along the Huntington Beach and Newport Beach boardwalks for about 15 miles. You only have to deal with auto traffic for about 1 or 2 miles on the stretch of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) from Seal Beach to Sunset Beach.

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  • Public Tennis Courts

    There are two sets of Tennis courts in Seal Beach, and neither are that great, but they will do if you want play a little while on vacation. One set is west on Electric on your right side. A small park, 2 courts and a backboard.The other is the grammar school courts on Bolsa Ave.near Seal Beach Blvd. Bolsa is north of PCH. 2 courts and a wooden...

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  • If it swells....RIDE IT!

    Catch a wave and you'll be sittin on top of the world. At every popular surfing spot there are certain protocol to follow. Check with the folks in the water.. no one likes to be cut off on a wave.If you are intersted in taking lessons stop in to Harbour Surfboards on Main St. and ask for a reference. Longboards are recommended for beginners since...

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Seal Beach Favorites

  • Have a slice of America by the shore

    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...

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  • Great Base to visit Southern California

    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. If you don't mind paying $150 a night, then Seal Beach would be a perfect option for staying overnight.

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  • Sleepy Little Town

    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...

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