Unlike most cities, downtown is relatively small. To find a Seal Beach parking spot really depends on the time and day. Weekends naturally are busiest. I read lots of comments about how parking in old town is hell. Free street parking, perhaps...Overnight does have restrictions so make sure you read the signs.
The best time to come is before 8:00 am as there are less crowds and more options.
For where to park in Seal Beach, downtown or at the pier. here's what you need to know.
The Seal Beach Pier Parking lot price is $3.00 for 2 hours or $6 all day. For families, there is a playground for kids. There are bathrooms but reviewers don't recommend them.
Payment by credit card. Hours 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Free after 6:00 pm.
There are two parking lots by the Seal Beach Pier:
- Lot 1 is 10th street and Ocean Ave
- Lot 2 is 8 Street and Ocean Ave.
TIP: Bring a jacket as it does get windy.
Downtown Seal Beach features a plethora of unique shops and restaurants. As a result it's highly sought after.
1. Parking on Seal Beach Main Street is free for 2 hours. It's one of the few Orange County cities to offer it.
Diagonal zones have requirements:
The California DMV handbook states 18 inches but city ordinances supersedes this.
- The front wheel must be within 6 inches of the curb. If not, you'll get cited for $49.
- You must be forward facing. Backing in is forbidden.
2. Park at Marina Park. 151 Marina Drive. Walking is 10-15 minutes to Main Street.
3. 8th and Central Ave from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Walking is 2 minutes as it's already in downtown.
4. Parking on Ocean Avenue does offer free parking but only for 1 hour. 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
5. Zoeter Field. 315 11th St. Park on the side streets. Please be considerate of neighbors.
- It's restricted on Mondays (1st and 2nd and 4th) 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Check the signs! It's about 8 mins walking to the Pier.
Walking to downtown is 6 minutes.
Should you find yourself out of options in downtown, Walking to Main Street is 5 mins. The address is 95 1st St, If you're riding your bike on the San Gabriel River trail, this is where to start. $3.00 for 2 Hours or $6.00 All Day. Payment is credit cards only.
Download the Parking PDF for reference.
Photo above by Josh Newton
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