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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  • Moss Landing Beach is the best beach in the world my favorite place to come. So relaxing you could just sit there and soak up the sun and enjoy the view also you could go on a cruise all around the oc...  more »
  • My wife desperately wanted to see sea otters in the wild so I planned our California trip so that we would be here on her 70th birthday having researched and identified that this is a prime spot for s...  more »
  • We stopped here based on Trip Advisor recommendations when travelling between Monterey and Santa Cruz. It did not disappoint. We were there close to sunset, the kids found tons of sand dollars and we ...  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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