Moss Landing State Beach, Moss Landing

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Moss Landing State Beach is a state park on Monterey Bay, in Monterey County, California.
The beach and park 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.
Moss 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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  • Wonderful beach - not too many tourists - very natural - some nice restaurants around - good surfing spot - Great Sundowners 
    Wonderful beach - not too many tourists - very natural - some nice restaurants around - good surfing spot - Great Sundowners  more »
  • We were here on a wind swept day. The beach was pretty deserted. There is really not much to see here. Probably not the best place to have a picnic at the beach. We did see some sea lions frolicking....  more
    We were here on a wind swept day. The beach was pretty deserted. There is really not much to see here. Probably not the best place to have a picnic at the beach. We did see some sea lions frolicking....  more »
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  • The parking is free and there is about 30 places. You can also park on the small street which gives about 50 more spots. There are two construction toilets. The way to the beach is very sandy hence it is not possible to push a cart or stroller. However, it takes about 5 minutes of walk so you may be fine carrying your stuff. It was mostly empty when we went at the end of April. Lot of wind, bring a jacket. The sand is clean, the beach is not deep but very large.
  • This peaceful reserve is full of beauty and wildlife. Moss Landing state beach is summer to several species of plants, birds and sea life. You will find barking sea lions, sea otter paddling around, several species of plants and a wide range of bird life. It is one of the most unique ecosystems on earth. Enjoy the wildlife along the shore or savor a quiet walk along the trails. The parking is free and plentiful. This could be a great low budget date spot. Being a picnic and chairs or tailgate out of the back of a truck or SUV. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while getting to know each other better. IG: SACRAMENTOHONEY

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