Surfing - The Other Bay
Whilst Morro Bay itself is situated on the sheltered harbour side of the rock it is only a short walk to the other half of the bay and its open sea. This seems to be where the surfers do their stuff and even on a calm day get some decent looking waves. If you haven't got your own gear there are hire shops at this end of the Embarcadero as well as in the town itself.
Head down to the marina area, and unless you are deaf, you are going to hear the constant yelping of seals follicking and having fun. Walk down the marina boardwalk area and you will see them first hand. I can look at these guys for hours.
You can't miss the rock
You don't need to look far to find Morro Rock in Morro Bay. It stands up like a beacon on the coast, and once was a notable navigational landmark. Now you can join the thousands of tourists who come here to enjoy the views from all along the coast, or go across the short causeway to get close up.
To get a somewhat decent view of the rock while in town, drive just to the south of the row of shops and restaurants to the small shoreline park. This is also a docking are for boats, so it is a pleasant place to stop.
A Popular Central Coast Location
Morro Bay, with its unique and famous rock, is a well visited spot on the central coast. There is a lot to do here, with a well developed tourist industry offering boat trips, kayaking, places to eat and stay, etc. It doesn't cost anything, however, to take your time and enjoy the views from town and the surrounding area.
A Northeastern Fishing Village on the West Coast
I have been to Morro Bay several times before, visiting while staying in San Luis Obispo, but have completely missed the little fishing village part of it. And ironically, it's the major draw of Morro Bay!
On the journey to show the Traveling Scot as much of America as possible, this was one of our stops. As the first place we stayed in California that wasn't part of San Diego, LA or the Central Valley, it was exactly what I was looking forward to John seeing. The little harbor town has its touristy bits, but mostly it's a quiet, peaceful place where one can rent a kayak and paddle in the harbor and out to the bay, walk on the beach, surf, hang out in the bars with the locals, eat great seafood, or buy the omnipresent "salt water taffy". Why is it that little beach towns like this always have "salt water taffy"? Is it actually made with salt water from the sea?
"Playing on the beach"
Oh to be a kid again; to romp with careless abandon, barefoot across the sand, letting the waves lick your toes. Try as I might, I could not get the Scot to put his toes in the Pacific.
"A friendly local"
Bird life is plentiful in Morro Bay.