Morro Bay is located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. If you are planning a trip to the California central coast Morro Bay is an excellent place to stay while exploring the region.
There are plenty of places to eat and shop plus hotels tend to be less expensive here. Hearst Castle is only about a 40-minute drive up the coast and San Luis Obispo a 20-minute drive inland.
Morro Rock is the first thing you see entering town unless it’s shrouded in fog. This rock is the remains of an extinct volcano and one of the Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. The sisters are a series of ancient volcanic plugs that line the Los Osos Valley.
Things to Do in Morro Bay
Most of the tourist stores and restaurants are located along the Embarcadero. Stores sell everything from seashells to fine art. The Embarcadero is also where you can rent kayaks, book a harbor tour, or go whale watching.
If you are hungry there are plenty bay front restaurants serving fresh local seafood. Prices range from inexpensive to moderate. Take a walk along the Embarcadero and check out the prices before you decide on where to eat.
Giovanni’s Fresh Fish Market
Giovanni’s Fresh Fish Market is a local favorite and serves up some of the best seafood along the central coast. Another excellent choice is The Great American Fish Company which has a mesquite grill in a window where you can watch your fish being cooked.
Virg’s Landing Sports Fishing
Virg’s Landing offers deep sea fishing, day trips and overnight fishing trips from Morro Bay Harbor. Virg’s also offer seasonal whale watching trips. Check out the fishing gear at its tackle shop before you go on your next fishing trip. 1169 Market Ave.
Rent a Kayak Explore the Morro Bay Estuary
Kayak rentals- explore 15 miles of protected waters in the beautiful Morro Bay Estuary. Several outfitters rent out kayak and canoes. Kayak Horizons 551 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. Kayak Shack at the state park, and Sub Sea Tours (kayaks and whale watching) 699 Embarcadero # 9.
Visit Morro Rock
At one time the rock was completely surrounded by water. Today visitors the rock is part of the Morro Rock State Preserve. Visitors can drive up to the rock, but climbing is not permitted. Morro Rock is a California Historical Landmark and is considered sacred by the Salinan and Chumash tribes.
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History overlooks Morro Bay which is both a State and National Estuary. The museum houses a variety of exhibits that illustrate Morro Bay’s geology and oceanography, as well as its cultural history and early Native American life.
Take a Harbor Cruise
Enjoy a relaxing harbor cruise on board Chablis a 50-foot, two-story riverboat. The riverboat loops around the Morro Bay estuary giving visitors a close up look sea creatures that call the bay home. Chablis also offers a Chowder Cruise and Champagne Cruise around the bay. 1215 Embarcadero.
Morro Bay Giant Chess Board
Check out one of the biggest chess boards in the nation. The board was built by the Morro Bay Chess Club which holds games on Saturdays. The Giant Chess Board may be used by members of the public with advance reservations.
Nearby Points of Interests
- Montaña de Oro State Park – The park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, and canyons.
- Morro Bay State Park – The campground is adjacent to the bay with a nearby boat launch and Museum of Natural History.
- Hearst Castle – Only about a 40-minute drive up the coast and San Luis Obispo a 20-minute drive inland.
- Cayucos by the Sea – Often overlooked as beachcombers wind their way up and down California Highway One, between Morro Bay and Cambria.
Getting To Morro Bay
Travel time from Los Angeles is about fours hours, longer if you get stuck in LA traffic. To see all the sights plan on spending at least one night in town. Morro Bay will not disappoint and is defiantly worth checking out on any central coast trip.