8 AM – ½ Hour After Sunset
Moss Landing State Beach
About Moss Landing State Beach
Offshore fishing, surfing, windsurfing and horseback riding are popular activities. The beach is a favorite place for picnics because the dunes protect it from afternoon winds and provides scenic panoramic views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federal marine protected area. This area is an important stop along the Pacific Flyway so birdwatching is popular.
Water recreation is dangerous because of strong rip currents.
Vehicles and trailers over 21 feet are not allowed at Moss Landing State Beach due to limited turn around areas. Parking for large vehicles is very limited. Visitors with large vehicles and/or trailer are encouraged to visit Salinas River State Beach, which is just 2 miles south on Highway 1.
PARK HOURS – 8 a.m. to ½ hour after sunset.
FEES – there is no fee to visit this park.
OCEAN SAFETY – dangerous rip currents, frigid water, and deep offshore drop-offs make surfing and swimming hazardous for all but the most experienced surfers.
DOGS are not permitted on the beach or dunes. On-leash dogs are allowed on Jetty Road.
HORSES are permitted to access the beach only by the designated routes and to ride only on the wet sand, below the high tide line to protect wildlife and vegetation. In the parking areas, owners are required to clean up after their horses, including removing horse manure. Manure and straw should be shoveled into the horse trailer. Manure and straw shall not be thrown into the dunes.
FIRES are allowed only in the park fire ring located at the south beach access trail.
DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
WESTERN SNOWY PLOVERS use Moss Landing State Beach, including the beach and foredune areas for nesting, rearing of young, and for winter habitat. This bird nests directly on the beach sand. Entering or disturbing a posted plover nesting area is a violation of state and federal law. Click this link to view a video of a hatching snowy plover nest.
The beach is located on Jetty Road in Moss Landing and 16 miles north of Monterey via Highway 1.
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.
Dogs are not allowed at this location.
Dogs on leash are allowed at Monterey State Beach (South of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel), Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and Garrapata State Park.
There is NO campground at this State Beach.
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