Moss Beach was founded in the 1880s by German immigrant Juergen Wienke. Wienke saw the area as a vacation attraction and health spa for city dwellers in San Francisco. He built the Moss Beach Hotel which drew overflow crowds even though the only route was a dirt road around San Pedro Mountain. Later, celebrities including Jack London and Luther Burbank boarded the Ocean Shore train to Moss Beach to fish and catch abalone.
Moss Beach doesn’t necessarily provide the sun soaked beaches of Southern California, but it does offer interesting scenery and wide-ranging marine life. Beaches in this area are mainly known for their fantastic options for tide pool exploration. These natural wonders are found at the two county operated beaches of James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Leave your beach bucket in the car, though. You can’t collect any rocks or shells in this protected area. Moss Beach area beaches