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Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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The fish are usually biting at Salinas River State Beach, and many fishermen come to capitalize on it. The Salinas River, along with many other Monterey Bay beaches, is in a network of unique beach dunes. These dunes are home to nesting birds and multitudes of flora and fauna. These are protected areas, so a lot of the beaches are off limits to dogs. 

Fishermen are not the only ones who come here for enjoyment, as you may see some of the equestrians who come to ride the miles of open sandy shoreline. The Salinas River is also a hotspot for local wildlife, so be sure to grab your camera or binoculars. Note that because the waters are rough and unpredictable and there is a half-sunken barge in the water, swimming and surfing are not advised.

There is plenty of free parking at Salinas River State Beach. This beach is close to both Santa Cruz and Monterey, so it is always a good option if you are looking to get away from the crowds of tourists.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Abundant wildlife. Fishing.

Cons

Not safe for swimming.

Address

Monterey Dunes Way
9004
Moss Landing, CA 95039
United States

Features

Fishing
Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching

Location

Field Guide

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