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Whale Watching off Moss Landing

Moss Landing, California

Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing

Moss Landing, California

4.06 mi / 79 ft gain

Kayak with Humpback Whales in Monterey Bay

Moss Landing, California

5.0

Elkhorn Slough Exploration

Moss Landing, California

4.28 mi / 33 ft gain

Kayak in Elkhorn Slough

Moss Landing, California

4.9

South Marsh Loop Trail

Corralitos, California

3.72 mi / 243 ft gain

Camp at Sunset State Beach

Watsonville, California

4.5

Surf, Run, or Catch a Sunset at Marina State Beach

Marina, California

Manresa Beach Trail

La Selva Beach, California

4.01 mi / 118 ft gain

Places to stay

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Creekside Paradise

Watsonville, California

Creekside Paradise

From $185 / night

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

La Selva Beach, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

From $176 / night

Artemis

Santa Cruz, California

Artemis

From $100 / night

Guides and stories

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

Sara Sheehy

5 Pieces of Gear You Need for a Weekend Adventure in Monterey, California

5 Pieces of Gear You Need for a Weekend Adventure in Monterey, California

Mitch Pittman

72 Hours of Food, Fun, and Outdoor Adventure in Monterey County

72 Hours of Food, Fun, and Outdoor Adventure in Monterey County

Mitch Pittman

Your Coastal Refuge in the Monterey Bay: Asilomar Hotel

Your Coastal Refuge in the Monterey Bay: Asilomar Hotel

The Outbound Collective

5 Must-Do Adventures near Asilomar, California

5 Must-Do Adventures near Asilomar, California

Karissa Frye

10 Great Places To See Wildlife Near Santa Cruz

10 Great Places To See Wildlife Near Santa Cruz

Crystal Birns

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