Moss Beach Travel Information

Moss Beach Travel Information

The scenic Moss Beach area has a thriving eco-tourist industry with the Fitzgerald Marine Sanctuary and sea kayaking.  For those that would rather just sit and take in the views of the Pacific Ocean, the Moss Beach Distillery (shown above) boasts one of the largest patios in the area. 

Area Snapshot

||   Location –  Located just 6 ½ miles north of Half Moon Bay

||   Population – Around 1,950 residents

||   Established –  The community has been thriving since the early 1900s

||  Weather   –  Generally speaking, Moss Beach has the warmest daytime temperatures during the spring and fall months.   During the summer months, the days can be overcast, foggy, and very chilly  –  especially in June and July .  Winter months are often rainy and cold.

||  Primary Industries are/were  –  farming.

||  Area Attractions:

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve  –  The Reserve is set aside to protect this complex but fragile community for us and future generations. Within the reserve, most marine life is protected. The Reserve is popular with school and community groups for its educational value. Directions: Take California Ave. off of Hwy 1 in Moss Beach. 

Moss Beach Park  –  A Small town park for children.

||  Tourist Destinations:

Moss Beach Distillery – An historic Half Moon Bay area restaurant with ocean view dining, outdoor patio and the famous blue lady ghost.  It features one of the largest patios with ocean views in the region.

||  Festivals/Annual Events:

What’s on Tap


Monterey Festivals & Events:

Pacific Grove Butterfly Days – Oct. 6, 7 & 8 2017

Parade, bazaar, special events at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017

Capitola Wharf, Capitola, CA

Monterey Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2017

Whale Watching – Dec. through May


For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Monterey.



Top Attractions:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Aquarium is your window to marine life in the Monterey Bay!

Cannery Row

Historic Cannery Row is great destination for hotels, shopping, dining, and, oh, yes, the Aquarium!

Monterey Fishing

Fall is fishing and crabbing season!

Kayaking and SCUBA Diving

The rocky bottom around Monterey make it perfect for ocean adventures!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


Pebble Beach…need I say more.


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




Monterey’s Summer Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially on Highway 1 between Seaside and Monterey. Also, 68 between Highway 1 and 101 can be extremely slow. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.

Carmel Valley and Big Sur have major wildfires. Authorities expect them to burn through the end of August! Google for the latest news.