Moss Beach

Moss Beach is a tight knit community located between Montara and El Granada, home to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Moss Beach Distillery


Welcome to Moss Beach

Located between Montara and El Granada, it is a tight knit community home to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Moss Beach Distillery.

Moss Beach is a tight knit community bisected by Highway 1 and located between Montara and El Granada. To the west of Highway 1 are several quaint, oceanside neighborhoods. The Seal Cove community in an enclave nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Half Moon Bay Airport with an abundance of open spaces. To the east of Highway 1 includes Moss Beach Heights which features some magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and several rustic areas to explore.

Moss Beach features plenty of trails, some of which offer beach access. This includes the Fitzgerald Marine Bluff Trail and Pillar Point Bluff Park. There are also some little-known beaches that can be accessed at the right times, including a beach accessed off Juliana Avenue and Ross Cove Beach below Pillar Point Bluff Park.

Moss Beach is perhaps best known for the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and the Moss Beach Distillery. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a popular attraction for school children throughout Northern California featuring tidepools that host a teeming variety of marine life. The Moss Beach Distillery is a restaurant operating on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a rich history. It began as a speakeasy during Prohibition and is rumored to be haunted by the famous Blue Lady. The restaurant has been featured on Ghost Hunters and on the Travel Channel and embraces its legacy by serving Blue Lady cocktails.

Moss Beach is a lovely place to call home and is one of the most highly sought communities on the Coast.

Local Recommendations

  • Restaurant: Moss Beach Distillery

Local Schools

  • There are no schools located in Moss Beach, which is part of the Cabrillo Unified School District. Nearby schools include: Farallone View Elementary School in Montara, Cunha Intermediate School in Half Moon Bay and Half Moon Bay High School.


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