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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  • We enjoyed photographing this beach before our lunch at The Haute Enchilada. Nice place to spend time! 😎  more »
  • This is a great beach that is very wide, clean and not crowded like beaches in and near Monterey. We saw lots of birds, sea otters, sea lions and harbor seals all close to where the beach meets the.....  more »
  • Water was colder than I wanted it to be. My kids had fun. Nice place to relax, not crowded. But no shower area for rinsing or a bathroom.
  • Great place for a walk; but you might want to wear shoes..

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