Unfortunately we never saw any seals when we visited Seal Beach in California but we did come across a beach that could possibly be one of our favorite beaches in the Los Angeles area.
It wasn’t the beach itself that captured my attention, but it was the small town area across the beach. It has an incredible amount of restaurants all sitting next to each other and making the choice to of where to eat much more difficult. Many of the restaurants are Irish themed and many of the local places are for dessert lovers, with stores like Stone Cold stone and smoothie makers right across the street from the beach. Perfect isn’t it?!
Seal Beach not only offers many restaurant options, it is also has many small and unique boutiques and stores of various kinds. For example, one store (forgot the name) had all its clothing and items purple. I think it was called The Purple Store. Near it there was a Christian book store, jewelry store, and a children’s clothing store. All of them are very well-kept, clean, and they have a sort of antique, small town/downtown feel to them. Which is what distinguishes it from the other beach areas we’ve been through in LA.
Oh, and parking is free if you find one (which you probably will) or you can park at a meter and pay a minimal amount. Not bad at all considering you can end up paying up to $25 at Venice and Santa Monica Beach after searching for parking for a long time.
We opted for O Malley’s Irish Pub after almost going for pizza. Not cheap, but not the most expensive either. It had both a bar and restaurant feel to it and it was cozy enough and perfect for a couple like us on a date. The food tasted delicious. Juan went for a classical hamburger and fries, while I preferred to try the plate with various appetizers. Their potato skins were the best!
Before heading to the beach, of course we had to stop for ice-cream at Cold Stone. Yum!
There isn’t a board walk along the beach side, but there is one that leads into the beach to allow people to fish or relax at the benches. Unlike Santa Monica or Venice Beach, it isn’t as packed and the boards even seem new from how well taken care of they are. Clean like everything else in Seal Beach.
This is probably a beach we will go to when we aren’t in the mood to be around tons of people but still want to enjoy food options and a nice stroll through the beach.
After spending some time at the boardwalk, we decided to walk along the beach towards a pile of rocks that leads into the ocean. The houses along the beach are quite nice, clean, and well taken care of. Cute in design but they seemed lonely. Most houses gave a feel that they are vacation homes as the area was very lonely. We barely came across people, but it was nice to have the beach almost to ourselves. I’m thinking this would be a great place for a morning run!
When we got to the rocks we sat for a while to enjoy the ocean waves splash against the rocks. I was scared we would get soaked like I did at Venice Beach when I decided to climb the rocks. Luckily for us, the waves weren’t crashing high and we were able to enjoy a peaceful and quiet time, until…..
Juan discovered crabs!
He took about half hour trying to catch a crab until he finally got a small one and then a slightly bigger one (still small) that wanted to sting him. Poor little guy (or girl) got tired of chasing after Juan’s finger once he was mad. But Juan finally let him free by putting him back into the cracks of the rocks. I just recorded because I’m scared of every animal in the world basically.
After our crab fun, we finally decided to go home and enjoyed this view on our way back to the car. I think we might have found a beach to go to for a peaceful and enjoyable day. Perfect for a date and a couple who wants some time alone. Hopefully next time we run into some seals.
Have you been to Seal Beach?
If so what was your experience like? Or what similar beaches do you recommend?