Moss Landing State Beach, Moss Landing

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Moss Landing State Beach is a state park on Monterey Bay, in Monterey County, California.
The beach and park is about 16mi north of the city of Monterey via Highway 1 at, about south of Watsonville.
Among the most popular activities are offshore fishing, surfing, windsurfing and horseback riding. However, the strong rip currents make the water recreation (swimming, wading, etc.) dangerous. Moss Landing State Beach is also popular for picnicking because the dunes block out strong afternoon winds from blowing into the picnic area.
Moss Landing State Beach has several bird-watching spots, but the type and number of birds can vary by season. Moss Landing Wildlife Area, with access to the east of Highway 1, has ponds that are controlled by tidal gates. They are a major roost for brown pelicans and also beneficial for shorebirds. Sea ducks, loons, grebes and gulls can also be easily spotted. Occasionally, there are special visitors such as Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebe. Endangered species, the California Sea Otter, can be observed in the harbor channel with sometimes dozens in a raft. To plan Moss Landing vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Wonderful beach - not too many tourists - very natural - some nice restaurants around - good surfing spot - Great Sundowners 
    Wonderful beach - not too many tourists - very natural - some nice restaurants around - good surfing spot - Great Sundowners  more »
  • Nice beach, dogs allowed on beach. Sometimes seals & otters hang out there. Not crowded, close to Phil’s seafood restaurant. Please keep your dogs on leach 
    Nice beach, dogs allowed on beach. Sometimes seals & otters hang out there. Not crowded, close to Phil’s seafood restaurant. Please keep your dogs on leach  more »
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  • Very high tide on Friday so seal were very close to entry road.
  • Great place to get fresh air and enjoy a walk on the beach

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