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Parking In Seal Beach: Pier, Free Options, Hours


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.

Parking In downtown is Free.. Overnight does have restrictions so make sure you read the signs.

The best time to obtain Seal Beach parking is before 8:00 am as its less crowded with more options.

For where to park in Seal Beach, downtown or at the pier. here's what you need to know.

Seal Beach Pier Parking Lots

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.

Parking Hours 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. The beach opens from 4:30 AM and closes at 10:00 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.

Free Street Parking In Seal Beach

Downtown Seal Beach features a plethora of unique shops and restaurants. As a result. parking is highly sought after.

1. Park 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. You will be cited.

2. Park at Marina Park. 151 Marina Drive. Walking is 9 minutes via Central Avenue.

3. 8th and Central Ave has free parking 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.
Hours: 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 about 6 minutes.

Seal Beach Jetty Parking

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 a 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.

Parking App

The city of Seal Beach partnered with Passport to allow payment via your mobile phone. Set up on the parking app takes a few minutes.

NOTE: Make sure to read all posted signs. Verify you have the right zone in the app!



See anything we missed? Feel free to leave a comment.

Originally published February 3, 2018.

Written by

Nicholas McDonough

Senior contributor to The Hangout Blog living in Southern California. Connect with