We had a hard time finding Moss Landing KOA, and fortunately we called 1 831 663 2886 because the directions in KOA book were not clear. This is a tiny little harbor town about 30 minutes from Monterey, CA. The KOA is pristine but the smallest we have seen…no pool, no tents, no cabins. The spaces are very large and long and can accommodate up to 65 feet on level concrete pads. It was very easy parking and full 50 amp hookups, cable and Internet. After setting up we walked out the little gate by the small laundry and restroom building and into the very cold, strong wind right on the Moss Landing Harbor, where you can secure all kinds of excursions and fun water sports.. Sea lions were on many of the docks beside the boats, so we got to see these large animals up close, but not too close because signs warned they are vicious! We discovered a little public park and pool and playground just behind the KOA fence.
Moss Landing Harbor Marina has a convenient and good fresh Fish Market and restaurant in walking distance from the RV Park. We walked beside the inlet on the gray, windy, cold morning and climbed the dune trail to the top. You can also enjoy guided hikes or boat excursions along Elkhorn Slough, which is a National Estuarine Research Reserve. This is a marvelous education about the wildlife along this estuary,, which is a state and federal preserved wetland area to protect and restore. You’ll enjoy the coast live oak and eucalyptus groves. You’ll definitely see sea lions and otters and many others species that thrive in these protected land and waterways.
The wide, sandy beach is right there, but often windy and chilly, as is typical of this part of the Pacific Ocean. We also went to the nearby fruit stand and bought a lot of the local produce, which is delicious and plentiful in this farming valley!
On our last day before checkout we visited the Shakespeare Society of America history center just across the street from our Moss Landing KOA. What a find this is! This is a small building run on donations and has a marvelous volunteer, unpaid CEO, Terry Taylor, who gave us a wonderful tour. This center was in Los Angeles for decades at a replica of the original Globe Shakespearean Theater in England.
The Los Angeles theater housed this priceless collection of Shakespearean articles from plays, artists, costumes, books, etc. from back to the early 1600’s. On that stage many actors and actresses, who played parts in the 32 Shakespearean plays, were discovered and went on to become famous in show business. When the owner of the site in L.A. decided to use the location for another business the Shakespeare group brought as much of the enormous collection as could be moved here to preserve it and to educate interested people. The center hopes to attract more tourists and school classes. It is a marvelous opportunity and unimaginable wealth of collections and history for anyone interested in English literature and history. The new website has many items you can order and people are invited to join this Literary Organization. We found it so very interesting and impressive.
This KOA is very well run and ideally located for visits to Monterrey just a half-hour away. Moss Landing KOA staff is very friendly and helpful. We think this little place was an ideal find. If you want to stay in this area and this KOA is full, go just 15 minutes away to the Salinas/MontereyKOA, owned by the same people.