A Truly Hidden Treasure

Moss Landing is one of the most unique ecosystems on earth. It encompasses and features the quaintness of a fishing village, and oceanic research and development; very different and distinct environments working collaboratively to preserve and protect this amazing place! We are a quaint, historic fishing village located in the middle of  California’s Monterey Bay coastline.  A truly hidden treasure loaded with enjoyable activities.

Unique Ecosystem

Today, the core of Moss Landing’s economic activities focus around its importance as a fishing port, as well as a popular tourist destination; nature & whale-watching tours, sport-fishing charters and kayaking rentals have also settled in Moss Landing Harbor. Visitors enjoy wildlife viewing, walking trails, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, beaches, fish markets, fresh fish for sale off boats and a community park w/BBQ pits.

Popular Tourist Destination

There are flower & fresh fruit stands, a bed & breakfast inn, KOA RV park, unique shops, and post office all within walking distance of the Harbor. Also recognized as an artist destination, you will see painters and photographers lining the streets to capture the landscape. Fresh seafood is our specialty at our excellent world renowned dining establishments. Our local restaurants pride themselves on preparing wonderful seafood entrees from fine dining to family friendly.

Recognized for its natural assets: rivers and tides flowing together in an estuary rich with otters and shorebirds; and under the water’s surface, the Monterey Submarine Canyon, a mile-deep chasm of biological mystery that inspires marine conservationists, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary was established in 1992 and attracted two world-class marine research facilities.

Browse the galleries and shops, spend the day whale watching or walking the beach. There are beautiful and historic accommodations and the variety of restaurants is wonderful. Surfing is popular and there are special events held annually that should not be missed.

Annual Street Fair | July 28, 2024



Moss Landing has an abundance of sea life surrounded by natural beauty. Explore the numerous options available to enjoy our beautiful area:

  • The Elkhorn Slough Reserve
  • Whale Watching Tours
  • Charter Fishing Boats
  • Wildlife Nature Tours
  • Kayaking
  • Walking on the Beaches