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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  • I took a walk on Moss Landing Beach a few weeks ago. The reason I went is because while deep sea fishing we came out of the Moss Landing Harbor and spotted several whales very close to shore feeding. ...  more »
  • Might be the absolute prettiest stretch of beach in California. It’s got tall sand dunes , then drop down onto the beach - a wide white sandy expanse with not much sign of civilization. Check it out f...  more »
  • Great beach walk for anyone. Short strip of beach near the Elkhorn Slough with ample waves and people, pets, and wildlife to watch.  more »
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  • We love this beach, a little not private than others. At times able to spot whales and dolphins right from the beach. The sea otters are always fun to watch too. Just wish people wouldn't leave their trash behind
  • Much more quiet than the other local beaches. It tends to be a little colder and windier. Very nice for long walks and romantic picnics.
  • Awesome place to spot Harbor seals and Sea Otters 😍
  • Not another soul on the beach with us! Beautiful day and lovely beach. Kind of a trek into the water, but very doable.
  • Great place small wind good waves

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