Last time I visit Morro Bay was at Nov. 2021
Morro Bay is located in California’s Central Coast, on scenic Highway 1. The
small town is located on a natural harbor, making it a perfect boat harbor and fantastic
place to see marine wildlife and birds.
Nearby Attractions you can visit as a day trip from Morro Bay:
: Located in Central California coast right on hwy 1, 20 minute drive from San
Luis Obispo that is on hwy 101.
as for any other place in the central and north California coast, Bring warm
cloth with you, it will be colder than you think, especially compare to the warmer
weather in sunny SoCal. Mornings can be cool and foggy.
thoughts: I prefer Morro Bay over the more famous and crowded Pismo Beach town or SLO.
Morro Bay is more relaxed town and usually less crowded (in summer weekends it is crowded), has more nearby outdoor opportunities and the bay view is amazing.
Bay can be easily identified by its two major landmarks: an old power plant
whose three large smokestacks and Morro Rock in front of the bay. This is a
giant volcanic mountain located directly on the beach.
waterfront Embarcadero St. has a lot of restaurants, locally owned shops and
small boat piers as well as viewpoint on the bay and the rock on the other
I highly recommend taking the front line walk, going through the working harbor where you can see the Sea Otters. There is a nice small Morro Bay Maritime Museum just across the road, few boats outsides and small room with some relevant displays (https://morrobaymaritime.org/).
After the docks section you can keep walking to the base of the Morro Rock cliff and the beach parking lot. You can't climb the rock but rather keep walking all the way to the end of the trail and the bay opening to the ocean.
the bay area is protected by Morro Bay State Park that features lagoon and
natural bay habitat. There is also a large campground in the park, just near
large population of sea otter in Morro Bay.
good otter spotting location is on the dock in front of the old Power station (Embarcadero
St.), another is at Coleman Park on the road that lead to the rock or even at
the rock parking spots on your left.
is also sanctuary for a huge number of birds, the protected bay, tide muddy sections
and river outlet attract the birds. There is large nesting area, close for
access, with large eucalyptus trees in the south side of town (Bayshore Bluffs
rent a kayak or a standing board and spend few hours in the protected bay.
Short walk in the bay:
the rock large parking lot.
can’t climb up Morro Rock, but you can go on the trail going on the left side
of the rock all the way to the oceanfront and the jetty built out of large
pieces of rock.
You can also stroll along the sandy beach starch many miles to the north.
Pictures from Nov. 2021