With its eclectic vibe, penchant for outdoor adventure and value-oriented affordability, this unspoiled coastal village with bay and beaches is far different from the usual southern CA surf towns. One thing that sets it apart is Morro Rock, a 576 ft. tall ancient volcanic peak that pierces the sky line and sits majestically along Highway 1, between the beach and harbor, where people gather to watch surfers slay a wave, boats return from a day of deep sea fishing, or to just drop a line off the jetty.
Whether your adventurous spirit is extreme or serene, you will discover Morro Bay is perfect for all kinds of outdoor endeavors. Morro Bay’s boat filled harbor offers sailing, whale watching and deep sea sport fishing tours. Catch salmon, rockfish, lingcod, albacore and whatever is in season on daily trips from several sport fishing outfits that provide live bait and tackle rental if needed. Adventure sport rental companies line the Embarcadero so no need to bring your kayak or paddle board, not to mention they know all the local insider information and how to find the Back Bay estuary channels that take you to a wildlife wonderland at high tide.
The Morro Bay National Estuary and its 800-acre wetland with salt marshes and mudflats is home to more than 250 species of land, sea and shore birds and is a must for kayakers and paddle boarders looking for a deeper connection with wildlife, as well as miles of uninhabited pristine sand dunes to hike and explore, only reachable by boat.Morro Bay’s white sandy beaches north of the rock are uncrowded and at times paragliders, kite surfers and ocean kayakers launch their adventures without running into a single soul.
The bay is lined by locally owned restaurants, funky art galleries, museums and artisan shops that help round out a fantastic day of exploration in this culturally diverse destination. Morro Bay also offers lodging opportunities that fit any budget, from new boutique waterfront properties, to well-known brands and modernized 50s style boutique motels just blocks from the waterfront.
But lovers of the land have things to do too, from miles and miles of hiking trails to biking trails for a variety of skill levels, all within 10 miles of town, whether you prefer your ride to be a beach cruiser, road bike or hardcore mountain bike. From hiking Black Mountain in Morro Bay State Park to mountain biking Valencia Peak in Montana de Oro, this coastal destination is basecamp for the outdoor adventurer.
For more information visit www.morrobay.organd follow Morro Bay on Facebook, twitter and Instagram #morrobay #putlifeoncoast
Last modified: March 21, 2019