Named for the seals that once swam the waters of this quaint seaside community on the northern most border of Orange County,
Today, Seal Beach residents enjoy the mostly quiet beach location where TV shows will sometimes come to do location shoots. Though Long Beach, California’s fifth largest city with the busiest port in the nation looms next door, Old Town Seal Beach features shady, tree-lined Main Street, a beautiful beach and pier reminiscent of small town America during the mid-1900’s.
An art faire, a sandcastle contest/fund raiser and 4th of July celebrations are a few annual events of special interest. Fishing is permitted from the pier and at the end, Ruby’s diner offers sandwiches, salads and forever views.
Seal Beach offers two strikingly different experiences. The quaint beach town to the west of Pacific Coast Highway is of greatest interest to tourists. East of PCH is tract housing, the gated Leisure World retirement community, shopping, freeways and high-tech space and defense facilities, such as Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and Boeing. The space and defense industries attract many visitors to the region who also love to play “tourist” when not working on assignment or contract.
Located at the mouth of Alamitos Bay, Seal Beach provides access for boats and yachts entering the Pacific Ocean from Huntington Harbor. It is known as a great location for windsurfing and even has a kitesurfing launch area.
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