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Moss Landing State Beach, Moss Landing

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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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  • The stars of this beach are the sea otters. I haven't been there in the past year - 6 trips or so - where there weren't sea otters close enough to take a picture with a zoom. In the Fall the mothers a...  more »
  • If you are a Birding Fan, Moss Landing and the Elkhorn Slough areas are simply a must for your research! Considered some of the best birding areas in the western United States for both shore and land ...  more »
  • We enjoy a good sunset while watching the whales from the beach and the dolphins. Sand is a little dirtier but still nice to catch a glimpse of the life at the mouth of the Monterey Submarine Canyon.  more »