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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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  • We stopped here on the way back from Monterey. There are plenty of otters and birds to see. Wish we had more time. It's quite windy and the seas rough, but the protected inlet is a nice place to see. 
  • Although it might be less attractive on a busy summer day when crowds of beachgoers are present it was nearly deserted in September and wildlife viewing was excellent. 
  • Great fun to see the sea otters from the beach. We were amazed. Bring a pair of binoculars is a must.
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