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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116 reviews
  • August 13, 2017
    Nice beach, enjoy the views. Depending on the time of year you can see whales and dolphins. There are always sea otters and seals. Excellent place to watch sea otters close up. Water looks cold and I ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    What a great place to see sea otters in the wild We broke our journey from San Francisco to Morro Bay specially to see them & were not disappointed.From the far parking lot we could see 30 or more flo...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    We purposely visited via an online recommendation to see the otters. We were. It disappointed! They were charming and plentiful!  more »

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