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Zmudowski State Beach

ZMUDOWSKI STATE BEACH: This is a long, sandy beach that spans across 177 acres and is backed by sand dunes and in the distance, large agricultural fields. The natural boundary between Monterey County and Santa Cruz County is “the Pajaro River,” flowing into Monterey Bay at Zmudowski Beach. South of Zmudowski is Moss Landing State Beach. The beach is a popular fishing area, featuring perch, kingfish, sole, flounder, halibut, bocaccio (tomcod), jack smelt, lingcod, cabezon, salmon, steelhead and occasional rockfish, to name a few.

SURF, TIDES, CLIMATE, WATER TEMP: Tends to have strong rip currents year round. The weather can be changeable, ranging from a thick marine layer/fog to sunny skies. Layered clothing is advised.

BEACH ACTIVITIES: The sandy beach is also well liked with equestrians and bird watchers and horses are only allowed near the waterline. Swimming and water sports are hazardous because of strong rip currents and prohibited. While Zmudowski is not technically a nude beach, however, it is not uncommon to see nude bathing there, so if you wish to take children, you should perhaps proceed with caution.

LOCAL FLAVORS: There is not much of a local scene at Zmudowski, so for other activities, you will need to go south into Monterey or North to Santa Cruz.

  • Look toward Moss Landing or Monterey
  • Boreas Yacht Race/ Moss Landing
  • BBQ, National Estuaries Day/ Moss Landing
  • Monterey Bird Festival/ Moss Landing
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Public Open House

  • RV Camping at Moss Landing State Beach
  • Hotel accommodations in Seaside, Monterey, or Santa Cruz

by: Carla Iacovetti
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