Moss Landing Harbor is a quaint fishing village just a short day trip from the San Francisco Bay area. It offers many activities for visitors that include coastal lodging, boating, fishing, bird watching, antique shopping, fresh seafood, and wonderful restaurants. It also offers treats for nature loves like whale watching, bird watching, and observing wildlife in the wetlands. Visitors can go surfing, walk on the beautiful beaches, or explore the historic architecture.
Moss Landing Harbor enjoys a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures ranging from 16° C (60° F) to 22° C (72° F). The wet season lasts from November to April, and there is little rain during the summer. Snowfall is very rare in Monterey Bay. Temperatures range from an average high of 22° C (71° F) in September to an average low of 6° C (43° F) in January.
The Moss Landing Harbor District owns and operates Kirby Park, where visitors can find free parking, a small boat launch ramp, and access to Elkhorn Slough. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 27 such reserves in the United States. Within the Reserve are eight kilometers of trails through woodlands, tidal creeks, and freshwater marshes. On weekends, docent-led tours are available, and there are special events through the year. Visitors can join the Elkhorn Slough Safari where they ride an 8-meter pontoon boat hosted by an onboard naturalist that discusses the wildlife and tells local stories.
Moss Landing Harbor State Beach offers offshore fishing, windsurfing and surfing, and horseback riding in addition to the popular beach pastimes of picnicking. Bird watching is also popular at the beach, since it is on the Pacific Flyway. Water recreation can be dangerous in Moss Landing Harbor due to the strong rip tides, so visitors should be sure to check on conditions before they plan to swim. Salinas River State Beach contains a popular mile-long Dune Trail.
Kayaking is a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts visiting Moss Landing Harbor. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, located just off the coast, is the country's biggest and most diverse marine ecosystem. Kayaks are available for rental, and instructors not only teach kayaking but explain the wonderful wildlife you will see. Among the wildlife are sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and seabirds as well as huge kelp forests.