You may have noticed a quaint fishing village called Moss Landing off of the side of Highway One during your last trip to Monterey. Did you know this little slice of northern Monterey County is actually bursting with unique adventures and experiences that you can only find here?

Sea Lions on Elkhorn Slough

Begin your trip out on the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing, one of California’s largest tidal salt marshes. This protected playground is populated with some of Monterey County’s favorite mascots including sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans and lots of sea otters. One of the best ways to get out on the slough is on the Elkhorn Slough Safari or via kayak. Several kayaking companies are available for tours and/or rentals. 

Sea Otter on Elkhorn Slough Kayakers on Elkhorn Slough Elkhorn Slough Safari

After working up an appetite out on the slough, stop in for a sizzling lunch at the Whole Enchilada. The menu is packed with mouth-watering specials like seafood enchiladas, mariscos chimichangas and Mexican cioppino. For a little taste of everything order Ray’s Platter. This gigantic plate is full of Monterey’s freshest bounty including mussels, calamari, ceviche, jumbo prawns, seafood flautas and a large Castroville artichoke. Not only are the items themselves tasty but the accompanied sauces and dips makes them irresistible! Be sure to bring plenty of friends to help polish off this monstrosity, there’s at least enough to feed a family of four.

The Whole Enchilada "Ray's Platter" at the Whole Enchilada

See why Monterey County is the known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” at the outdoor market next door. Pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables and artichokes that were grown just down the street at fantastic prices!

Now that you are fueled up, end the day with with a memorable jaunt down the Salinas River State Beach. Make a reservation with the Monterey Bay Equestrian and trusty steeds will meet you at the entrance for a leisure gallop down one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in Monterey County. This is one of the only beaches in Monterey County where you can strut along the shoreline on horseback and a perfect way to end an active day in Moss Landing.

Horseback Riding on Salinas River State Beach Horseback Riding on Salinas River State Beach