Morro Bay

Morro Bay consists of three unique California Central Coast communities: Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Los Osos. At the end of scenic Highway One is Estero Bay. The area has become famous for its beautiful state parks, bird estuary’s, and the distinct Morro Rock. Tourists and locals both enjoy a variety of activities in the area, including fishing, surfing, kayaking, golfing, bird watching, beach-combing, or just relaxing and enjoying the sunset. Besides the nature and recreation of Estero Bay, there are also fine restaurants, and unique shops.

Morro Bay, the largest of the three cities, is at the heart of Estero Bay. Morro Rock, the last in a chain of long-extinct volcanoes, covers over 50 acres at its base and towers 576 feet above the entrance to Morro Bay. The waters that make up the bay are contained within a three-mile sandpit and the shores of Morro Bay and Los Osos. The local fishing industry is one of the most important along the California Coast.

On the Embarcadero, you can shop, walk to Tidelands Park and play on the pirate ship, or simply sit and watch as the boats make their way to sea. Peruse and learn more about the treasures of Estero Bay! 

Morro Bay

Dive in to Morro Bay

Waterfront adventures abound in this SLO County gem

By Donna Wolfe

If you’re looking for the quintessential California beach town, look no further than Morro Bay. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County, it embraces its role as a tourist destination while celebrating its past and maintaining a home-town feel.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s plenty to do in Morro Bay — golfing ocean-side, kayaking, sailing, hiking, bird watching, shopping, dining, wine and beer tasting — plus miles of beautiful, pristine beaches that offer picture-perfect vistas.

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Morro Bay

Bird Bay

By Michele Roest
Photos by KS Nature Photography/Krisztina Scheeff
Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, hundreds of people come to Morro Bay to learn about, watch, and photograph birds. Why? Morro Bay is part of the Pacific Flyway, a north-south highway in the sky extending from Alaska to Central America. During the summer, millions of birds spend long days feeding and breeding in northern and polar regions. As autumn approaches, birds take flight, staying ahead of winter storms as they wend their way southward along the edge of the continent. Many birds stop at estuaries, lakes, and reservoirs to rest and feed before continuing on their southward migration.
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