Serving as the northern gateway to Orange County's 42 miles of coastline, this quiet, down-to-earth community is the perfect escape. Seal Beach is named after the seals that once frequented its coastline. Today, the city is filled with quaint neighborhoods and hometown appeal.

Wide, sandy expanses and several great surf spots make Seal Beach a favorite community among Orange County locals, and conditions are ideal for kitesurfing, windsurfing and building sandcastles.

Find nostalgic reminders of the 1920s in the city’s old-fashioned downtown district, and enjoy burgers and shakes at a 1940s-themed diner with an ocean view at the end of the Seal Beach Pier. The quaint downtown area just off the beach is filled with cute shops, eateries, souvenir stores and taco stands.

On Location: Scenes from the following movies were filmed in Seal Beach

  • American Pie 2
  • Apollo 13
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Sunset Beach (TV soap opera)
  • Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (original silent film version)

Fun Facts about Seal Beach

  • Seal Beach has the second longest wooden pier in the state of California. Originally built in the early1900s, it was rebuilt in the 1980s after a storm destroyed two sections.

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