Description - The beach features the Pajaro River estuary, where a natural preserve has been set aside. The sandy beach is also popular with bird watchers and equestrians.
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Ocean view at Zmudowski State Beach
- The beach features the Pajaro River estuary, where a natural preserve has been set aside. The sandy beach is also popular with bird-watchers and equestrians.
Recreation - Zmudowski State Beach is a popular fishing area, featuring perch, kingfish, sole, flounder, halibut, bocaccio (tomcod), jacksmelt, lingcod, cabezon, salmon, steelhead and occasional rockfish. Horses are only allowed near the waterline. Swimming and water sports are hazardous because of strong rip-currents.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
The beach is located 20 miles northwest of Monterey off Highway One. Take Stuve Road and turn to Giberson Road.