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.
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  • Absolutely loved this place especially after Santa Cruz! Such a contrast. Peaceful, isolated and we say lots of sea otters and a red tailed hawk! Highly recommend if accidental wildlife encounters are...  more »
  • It was a cold, windy day with a coastal flooding advisory in effect so we opted not to rent kayaks but we still spotted plenty of wildlife on the Jetty Road. Lots of otters on the river side as well a...  more »
  • Look for whales. We saw at least 4 of them playing for over 2 hours! Beautiful!
  • This is a well kept beach with sparce population, pretty views, historic places, and a nice constant gentile breese. The care takers of this beach do an excellent job. The parking is small but very much appreciated.

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