Things to Do in Moss Landing

Ocean and Whale Watching

Monterey Bay has whale watching year round and some of the best happens right outside of the Moss Landing Harbor. You can view gray, humpback, and blue whales. You can also see orcas, risso, and bottlenose dolphins; as well as dalls and harbor porpoises. Whale watching tours leave daily just 2 blocks from the inn. We recommend Sanctuary Cruises. Kahuna Sport-fishing offers trips leaving...
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Elkhorn Slough

The Elkhorn Slough sits on the central California coast about 100 miles south of San Francisco in the middle curve of the Monterey Bay. Unknown to most tourists, this small embayment is adjacent to a huge underwater chasm - The Monterey Submarine Canyon. This canyon stretches more than 25 miles into the deep Pacific Ocean and more than a mile down from the ocean's surge.  Bird Watching...
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Beach

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and the beauty of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from local beaches. Our local beaches: -Salinas State River Beach - Moss Landing State Beach - Zmudowski State Beach   Gallop on the Beach with Monterey Bay Equestrian Center. Their well-trained horses take you along the beach and surf at a local Moss Landing Beach. MBEC offers Captain's Inn...
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Dining

There are many restaurants within close proximity to the inn that have delightful offerings from fresh seafood to fine steaks, deli sandwiches to delicious Mexican food, homemade pastas to awesome burgers. Fresh seafood can be had everywhere. Haute Enchilada (Latin American) - Lunch/Dinner Lemon Grass (Thai) - Closed Mondays. Lunch/Dinner Lighthouse Harbor Grille (American/Seafood)...
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Walking/Hiking

Elkhorn Slough Visitor Center - The Reserve- 5 miles of hiking trails that wonder through a variety of habitats from oak woodlands to mudflats explored through bridges.  Moss Landing Wildlife Area - Located North of Moss Landing, on the East side of Highway 1. There lies a short, easy trail adjacent to the main channel of the Slough. A great location to watch sea otters, harbor seals...
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Shopping and Sightseeing

Shop for treasures in our art galleries, artist studios, boutiques, and several antique shops all within a few of the inn on Moss Landing Rd. Many of the galleries have the artist in residence. For the ultimate antiquing adventure, visit during the annual Antique Fair, it hosts over 200 vendors and is held on the last Sunday in July. Succulent Gardens is a wholesale/retail nursery dedicated to...
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Golf

We are located within a short car ride to many outstanding golf courses. Aptos Aptos Seascape Golf Course Monterey Del Monte Golf Course Pebble Beach Poppy Hills Golf Course The Inn at Spanish Bay Spyglass Hill Golf Course Santa Cruz De Laveaga Golf Course Seaside  Bayonet Blackhorse Golf Course (The Old Fort Ord) Watsonville Spring Hills Golf Course Pajaro...
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History of Moss Landing

In 1866, a wealthy Texan and retired ship captain named Charles Moss brought his family from Texas to the California shore where they built their new homestead. Realizing the potential of this superb location, Captain Moss, along with Portuguese whaler Cato Vierra, constructed a 200-foot wharf to establish shipping facilities and a pier for commercial water traffic. Industry...
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