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Moss Landing State Beach, Moss Landing

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
Moss Landing State Beach is a beach in Monterey County, California.DescriptionThe beach 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.WildlifeMoss 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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  • Recommended as a great place to see the otters by the ranger at Ano Nuevo.t urn off highway 1 at the chimney stacks. Wonderful! About 25 otters and wading birds. Drive to end parking area 
  • Avoid the "town" and harbor; head straight to the state beach. Along the access road were over forty otters, thirty-three in a raft, and all within fifty feet. Seals were hauled out, and hundreds of s...  read more »
  • Stopped by for a beach walk and to view the otters, seals and bird. Worth stopping by if your on CA 1 
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