Seal Beach is home to the northernmost beach in Orange County as well as the second longest wooden pier in California. But Seal Beach is not your typical surf town. It has a small town feel and sense of community that can’t be beat! The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in April and its Fish Fry in July are two of the biggest events in Seal Beach. Also there is a Rough Water Swim the same weekend as the Fish Fry. Then we have the annual Christmas parade down Main Street in December and the classic car show (one of my favorites) in April. There are summer concerts on the green each Wednesday. Also, in the fall, is the Kite Festival in September – this town loves to celebrate their community. So come take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy the fine shops and restaurants and I know you will want to call this place home!
In addition to the community activities I mentioned above, Seal Beach is popular for all kinds of beach activities – surfing, beach volleyball, kite surfing, sunbathing, kite flying, fishing, and more. If you prefer a more relaxing time (and sunbathing is not your thing) you might want to take a leisurely stroll on the pier where you can take in the views up and down the beach and, on a clear day, see Catalina Island or Long Beach’s Spruce Goose Dome. From there you may continue your stroll down Main Street and experience some of the fun and eclectic shops or stop for a bite at one of the many local restaurants.
There are so many great dining options that I couldn’t possibly mention them all here. But among my favorites are Avila’s El Ranchito or Taco Surf for Mexican food (and great margaritas.) Check out Walt’s Wharf for terrific seafood and the award-winning Hangout Restaurant and Beach Bar for casual American food. If you’re feeling Irish, head over to O’Malley’s on Main and, if you’re in the mood for something with a little kick, you’ll find it at Thai on Main. There are also numerous “quick bite” and happy-hour establishments: Bistro St. Germain, 320 Main, Kaito Sushi, Seaside Grill, Old Town Cafe, Nick’s Deli – there’s something for everybody, and that’s just on one street! When you get off Main Street, you’ll find a number of chain restaurants, from In-N-Out to Chick-Fil-A as well as California Pizza Kitchen and Island’s. However, there are a few stand-outs that I highly recommend: Spaghettini for Italian fair and Kobe Steak House for Japanese food and Mahe for great seafood.
If you ever get tired of all the community events Mayberry By The Sea has to offer and have already learned to surf at M&M Surfing School, there is still plenty to do in and around Seal Beach.
If getting close to nature is appealing to you, you have a number of places to choose from: you can enjoy the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge or travel down Pacific Coast Highway a little way to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve or you can go inland a short distance to the El Dorado Nature Center. Also, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a short drive from Seal Beach.
Of course, like many parts of Southern California, Seal Beach is not too far some of our best amusement parks and attractions like Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland.
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