About Morro Bay
For Lovers of the Outdoors
For Lovers of the Outdoors | Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1, just west of the 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.
The Rock, a volcanic plug rises 581 feet into the air at the entrance of the harbor and is home to the Peregrine Falcon. The area surrounding the base of Morro Rock can be visited. The rock is protected as the Morro Rock State Preserve. Climbing on the rock or disturbing the bird life is forbidden by law. This means you can't fly your drone near the rock! Geologically, Morro Rock, located in San Luis Obispo County, in the town of Morro Bay, California, is one of 13 volcanic, intrusive units that form volcanic plugs (remnant volcanic necks of volcanoes).
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No Shortage of Activities
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.
Bird Sanctuary & Golf!
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.
Central Coast 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.
RTA Route 15 Central Coast Transit Information
Route 15 runs from Morro Bay to San Simeon 7 days a week. It also runs up to the Hearst Castle visitors center on Saturdays and Sundays. View »
The Morro Bay Farmers Market happens on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Thursday 2:30pm - 5pm -In the large parking lot Spencer's Fresh Markets
Saturday 2:30pm - 6pm: On Main and Harbor Streets
The Morro Bay Farmers' Market is a "Certified" Farmers’ Market regulated by the cores and guidelines of the California Farmers’ Markets Association Rules and Regulations for Certified Farmers Market Program.
"Grab the $5 dockside smoked half chicken and kettle corn! Those are a must!"
Morro Bay Weather
Mild 50 to 70 average
No Smog - Seasonal fog
Rainfall normally 20"-25"
Some pollen Fall and Spring
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