Freshly caught seafood, a plethora of ocean activities and unique accommodations are just a few reasons to love Moss Landing. It’s truly no wonder why this seaside gem holds the largest population of sea otters on the Monterey Bay!

Make the most of your next trip to this quaint fishing village with the suggested itinerary below.

Day 1


Start your action packed adventure at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. This unique site is home to one of the largest tidal salt marshes in California making it a prime habitat for hundreds of species of plants, animals and birds. Stop by the Visitor Center before venturing off onto one of their well-paved hiking trails that meander through beautiful oak woodlands, calm tidal creeks, and freshwater marshes.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve


Now that you’ve worked up an appetite it’s time for lunch! The Haute Enchilada is a destination in itself complete with a unique art gallery, fantastic hospitality and awesome food! Their eclectic Mexican fare is to die for and be sure to try their sand dabs, a local specialty.

The Haute Enchilada

The Haute Enchilada


Since you’ve just explored the Elkhorn Slough on land, it’s now time to get a closer look on the water. Rent a kayak or book a guided tour with Monterey Bay Kayaks or Kayak Connection. The gentle waters on the slough make it the perfect spot for first-time kayakers looking to get a closer peek at the marine habitat. The main water channel is seven miles long and full of local residents including dozens of sea otters, sea lions and a plethora of migratory birds. Please remember to respect the local wildlife and stay 200 feet from water mammals at all times.

Monterey Bay Kayaks at Elkhorn Slough Kayaking Tour in Moss Landing


Make your way to dinner at The Whole Enchilada, one of Moss Landing's most popular restaurants. The menu is loaded with landlubber Mexican favorites and a diverse range of seafood with a Mexican twist. Did we mention they have quite the extensive tequila menu?

The Whole Enchilada Ray's Platter at The Whole Enchilada


Tuck in for the night at Moss Landing’s one-and-only bed and breakfast conveniently located in the center of town. The cozy Captain’s Inn bodes 10 guestrooms complete with antique furniture and nautical décor. Choose a room in the Boat House building for stunning views of the wetlands out front where you might spot a curious sea otter or egret.

Captain's Inn, Moss Landing Captain's Inn

Day 2


Rise and shine! Don’t miss the most of important (and delicious) meal of the day served up daily at the Captain’s Inn. Head to the lobby’s kitchen area for a home cooked meal to begin your day.

Captain's Inn, Moss Landing


Last, but certainly not least, on your Moss Landing adventure is a whale watching trip to remember! Book a trip with Sanctuary Cruises for an eco-friendly tour leaving from the Moss Landing Harbor before venturing out into the open sea. Be prepared to see all sorts of marine life including dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions, humpback whales and maybe even orcas!

Sanctuary Cruises Sea Otter on Elkhorn Slough