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Guests staying in Moss Landing will discover beautiful vistas and a multitude of wildlife. You may watch a hawk soaring overhead, a harbor seal swim by, and an erget looking for fish. You may hear sea lions barking at the mile buoy, waves rythmically crashing on the beach, the gentle honking of overhead geese, and the romantic calls of pacific tree frogs.


There are good viewing areas right at the inn: from most of the rooms and from common areas such as the chart room, the Aft deck of the historical building, the stair landing on the boat house, and the overlook in the back of the shipyard. Many just enjoy the wildlife right from their beds! You can also experience a wide variety of viewing areas and habitats within a short walking distance of the inn. By car you can visit more than 10 area parks including state beaches, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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We provide the use of identification and guide books, a Captain's Inn bird checklist, and have binoculars for rent.

Your hosts are specialists when it comes to local natural history. You are just as likely find them viewing a rare visiting bird or close sea otter, as baking for you in the kitchen. They are familiar with the places, trails, backroads, times, and expert guide services that can make your adventure complete. They are happy to offer direction in the search for wildlife and nature.

Sea otter Moss Landing offers so much for the nature enthusiast from pontoon tours for sea otters to whale watching cruises, and from paddling adventures to hiking paths. The inn offers specials for Elkhorn Slough Safari and whale watching.

"This evening before sunset we saw several things from the wonderful windows in this room. There were many Shearwaters (all sooty) gathering over the ocean. As the tide rose, 4 harbor seals took to the water and swam out to feed. The Pintail meeting at the edge of the water close by defended their nest from the Great Blue Heron. Six different species of shorebirds were in view at the same time. The Caspian Terns bill lit up in the colors of sunset. It is great that the glass is easy to look through! Wait until dawn for the best with the sun behind you! All the birds can be studied with a telescope from the edge of the bed. Then have breakfast and a boat ride or hike around the loop." .... Rod staying in the Boathouse of Captain's Inn

"Observed a group of 15 White Pelicans cruising up the waterway and feeding. This is the first time I have seen them feed, and it was quite entertaining. They scoop downward and backward with their bills, then bring their catch up so that they can swallow it by tossing it back into their throats.Great birding spot, very peaceful." .... Kris staying on the second floor of the Boathouse at the Captain's Inn

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