Moss Landing is a delightful and often overlooked little town on the coast - between Santa Cruz and its more famous neighbors to the south, Monterey and Pebble Beach.
If you drive the coastal and mostly scenic Highway 1 between San Francisco and Hearst Castle or Santa Barbara, you will find yourself going through this town of less than a 1,000 people. Just don't blink.
With the agriculture in the area, one of the nicest and juiciest fruits grown locally are the strawberries. Come to town and savor all the strawberries you can hold during the annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival on August 1 and 2, 2009. I like this festival way more than the Garlic Festival in the town of Gilroy, several miles north. Garlic ice cream? Never. Strawberry cake? Always!
Another unique aspect to this part of California, is the workers and the migrant labor. An interesting by-product are the snacks sold at the road side stands. These spicy nuts are typical and perfect with an icy cold Dos Equis beer.
We love Moss Landing and a huge bonus if you take the time to visit, is their quite famous antique fair. Late July is their amazing street fair and worth stopping to see if you are looking for deals. Monterey and Pebble Beach may get all of the attention, but Moss Landing is more than the country cousin.