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Moss Landing State Beach, Moss Landing

(4.6/5 based on 95+ 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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  • This place is teaming with otters. Seriously. We saw 20 in the water and probably another 15 on land. They were doing all their ottery things-- swimming, playing, sleeping (even pooping!). You can get...  more »
  • This is the best place to view sea otters, they hang out here during the day in large groups floating around sleeping. They even come up on the beach and lay in the sun. You can just sit and watch the...  more »
  • We spent hours viewing the otters Cold in February but fun Enjoy the views and run down to moss landing for lunch  more »