The town of Seal Beach is home to a U.S. Naval Weapons Station, but on its westernmost end you will find Seal Beach and Pier, and quaint, tree-lined Main Street, with a collection of eateries and small boutique stores. I found the street's cobblestone sidewalks a bit jarring. The wide, mile-long beach is south of the mouth of the San Gabriel River, and swimming conditions can be hazardous due to offshore currents and large jetties. The 1,865-foot pier is the second-longest wooden pier in California; it is a rough ride, but at the end is a diner with great ocean views. Steep driveways on either side of the pier lead down to the beach; the southern is slightly easier to negotiate. At the beach’s northernmost end at First Street is a small café and access to the San Gabriel River Trail.
A paved path backed by beach homes runs from Seal Beach Pier south about a quarter of a mile to Electric Avenue. On a small bluff that spans both sides of the pier is Dwight D. Eisenhower Park, a small linear park with benches that invite you to admire the ocean. An accessible playground is off the beach-level parking lot on the pier's south side.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Available on a first-come, first-served basis from the lifeguard station below the pier.
Fee lots are at beach level on both sides of the pier. Street parking is plentiful, but from there you must travel down a very steep slope to get to the beach. Free parking is available in the lot at the foot of First St.
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