Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1, just west of 101, is the seaside community of Morro Bay. With its rich and varied array of State Parks and Reserves, Nature Preserves, agriculture lands and open space, the Morro Bay estuary, seashore and coastal lands are a nature enthusiast's paradise. It's also one of the best-kept secrets among the CA Coast Communities. Count on an unhurried pace, less crowded places to visit, and undiscovered treasures.
Morro Rock raises 576 feet into the air at the entrance of the harbor and is home to the Peregrine Falcon. Grab a bag of homemade salt water taffy and find a spot to watch the fishing boats unload the catch of the day. Have your camera ready for those special shots of the brown pelicans, harbor seals and cute little otters where the harbor is their playground. Walk or drive out to the rock and see why Morro Bay is considered a surfers paradise.
Morro Bay means a Fresh Fish dinner on the bay, visiting several Art Galleries, Golfing, Bird Watching, Surfing. Boating, Kayaking, Hiking or just plain relaxing.
Places to see when you visit include Montaña de Oro State Park, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, the Elfin Forest, the pier and village shops at Baywood Park, and Los Osos Oaks State Reserve.
Morro Bay Harbor is home to one of California's largest and most
productive commercial fishing fleets and provides area restaurants and fish
markets with the freshest of seafood.
Morro Bay is also a bird sanctuary providing a nourishing habitat to more than two dozen threatened and endangered species. The last estuary of its kind between Mexico and Northern California, Morro Bay is a major stop of the Pacific flyway. More than 70 migratory bird species make their winter home here.
Morro Bay's Public Golf Course is our best kept secret! The beautiful 18 hole course overlooks the ocean nestled near the Great Blue Heron Rookery and Natural History Museum.
Kids will love the new Tidelands Park at the south end of the Embarcadero. The location is perfect to watch boats come and go.
Take home a unique treasure from the famous Shell Shop, ride on the Tiger's Folly, a popular replica of an old Mississippi River Boat, visit the Specialty Shops at the Marina Square and ride around the town on the Morro Bay Trolley.
Just a few miles down the road is Los Osos, gateway to the magnificent Montana de Oro State Park. The parks' name, meaning Mountain of Gold, is believed to have come from the color of the hillsides in spring. Today, Montana de Oro is home to over 8,000 acres of rugged wilderness and jagged coastline. One of the state's most breathtaking parks, it is a favorite of hikers, bicyclists, campers, and surfers.
Transportation: County bus service to San Luis Obispo. Monday through Saturday. No service to Hearst Castle. Amtrak, Airlines, Greyhound terminals and rental cars available in San Luis Obispo. Local Morro Bay Trolley to take you all over town including the water front.
Distance to major cities: 9 Miles to San Luis Obispo....135 miles to Santa Barbara...212 miles to San Francisco...228 miles to Los Angeles....251 Disneyland, Knox Berry Farm.
Morro Bay WeatherClimate
- Mild 50 to 70 average
- No Smog
- Seasonal fog
- Rainfall normally 20"-25"
- Some pollens Fall and Spring
The distinctive country setting is magical. Towering pines frame a dramatic coast line where you can linger at the waters edge and soak up an intoxicating sunset. The natural lasting beauty of our tiny seaside village with it's fully restored historical sites will keep you coming back for years.
Average Daily Temperature
Morro Bay & Los Osos
»Winter :: Sunny days, clear nights
High 61, low 40
»Spring :: Breezy days, cool nights
High 63, low 48
»Summer :: Foggy mornings, sunny afternoons and nights
High 67, low 54
»Fall :: Warm, sunny days, cool nights
High 71, low 49
An ancient volcanic formation composed mainly of igneous rock, Morro Rock is part of a chain of un-erupted volcanic intrusions that run from the city of San Luis Obispo west to the Pacific Ocean. Material from the rock, dacite, is believed to be twenty-four million years old.
Morro Bay Farmers' Market
|» Thursdays, 3-5pm - Young's Giant Foods, North Main Street|
|» Mondays, 2 - 5pm - 2nd & Santa Maria Streets, Los Osos|
|» Los Osos/Baywood Park Farmers' Market|