One of the things that I found not only fun to watch but exciting as well, was to sit on the dock by the bay in anticipation of spotting a sea otter. Oh, the occasional seal would swim by, stick its head up and give a bark, but that wasn't what I was looking for. You can find the sea otter at many aquariums but seeing one in the open water is a treat.
The population of the sea otter was up to a million until the fur trade almost wiped out the entire species. In the early 1900's as few as 1,000 sea otters were to be found in the entire world. A small comeback is now here due to sea otters being put on the endangered list. Worldwide, there are now an estimated 100,000 sea otters and of that amount under 3,000 are southern sea otters, which if you are lucky, you may see frolicking in Morro Bay. I was lucky enough to spot one who rolled over on its back and was trying to break open a clam. I wish I had a telephoto lens on my camera to capture the sea otter close up, but I did get a photo of a southern sea otter. Maybe next time I will have a telephoto lens ready.
Morro Rock State Preserve - The rock itself is protected as a nesting area for various birds including the peregrine falcon. Access to the base of the rock is permitted.
Morro Strand State Beach - on the bay, picnic areas, fishing, kite flying. Many people consider this beach just north of Morro Rock the most best beach around. Parking is limited and tourists are scarce, especially during the off season.
Morro Dunes Natural Reserve is a four mile long barrier of dunes that is off-limits as a protected area for snowy plover nesting.
Morro Bay State Park is located on the bay rather than the ocean. This park offers camping, hiking, golf, a museum, a restaurant, and it has a small marina with sailboats. Here you can rent kayaks and canoes as well.
Montana del Oro State Park, on the chopping block to be temporarily closed due to the state budget crisis. It has some 800 acres of beach, dunes, and chaparral, and it offers visitors a camp ground and hiking trails.
Although, your not allowed to climb on or even near it since they have fenced it off to keep curious adventures from exploring. It was still so neat to see it from up close. What God creates for all of us to enjoy. It is amazing. You can even see so many nests and birds flying everywhere. So be careful if you don't find your self with a little present from up above...LOL!
This 576 foot rocky mound (volcanic plug) was first sighted by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, and Pedro de Unamuno claimed this area in the name of Spain in 1587. “Morro” is the Spanish name for crown. This area blossomed due to all the cattle and farm settlements since it became accessable by the ocean.
The first house was built by the Riley Family in 1864 near Morro St. and Morro Blvd. After homesteading 160 acres he established the town of Morro Bay and soon after that a wharf was built and to become Embarcadero Blvd.
This famous rock is the landmark of Morro Bay and served as one of the most important mariner's navigational landfall for over three hundred years. Sometimes known as the 'Gibraltar of the Pacific,' it is the last in the famous chain of nine peaks that starts in the City of San Luis Obispo.
These peaks are called the "Nine Sisters"
Morro Rock 576 ft
Black Hill 665 ft
Cabrillo Peak 911 ft
Hollister Peak 1,404 ft
Cerro Romauldo 1,306 ft
Chumash Peak 1,257 ft
Bishop Peak 1,559 ft
Cerro San Luis 1,292 ft
Islay Hill 77
Morro Bay Rock Historical Marker No.821
Morro Bay is no exception of having some really neat piers, a North T-Pier and South T-Pier. It was fun to stroll up and down them during the day and during the night enjoying the sights and smells of the ocean. We usually don't make any reservation because we like to walk around a pick a place out on the stop if we are going to dine at it. I like to look at the fishing ships and admire the individuals who take on this hardy task. I have no sea legs what so ever and I salute anyone who can sail, let along work on a ship that may bob constantly in currents that would me make turn completely blue or green or green blue, you name it, I can change to that color.
They are excellent areas to fish at, but please check local conditions that might affect your success. Have some fun!
Kayak Rentals are located along the south end of the Embarcadero, close to where the private boats are moored. The south bay, near to where the estuary is located, is quite calm and easy to kayak even on a blustery day. Morro Bay harbor is well protected by the rock, the sandbar, and breakwater. Most kayaks head south hoping to see the wildlife along the estuary. Rentals for small sailboats are also available here.
A wide, sandy beach, with an impressive amount of dunes, this gem is located several miles outside downtown. Of course, the best thing about the beach is the impressive Morro Rock looming in the background.
It's said that Morro Bay is a popular spot for bird watchers. I wouldn't know since I'm not a bird nor a bird watcher. But I did see lots of birds and bird watchers. Even in the attached photo you can see some birds.
South of the Rock is the embarcadero and downtown Morro Bay, where there are shops and cafes.
Morro Bay Blvd and Pacific Street which go east to west and Morro Avenue and Main Street which go north to south are the main thoroughfares.
On Fridays from 14.00hrs to 19.00hrs The Friday Night Market takes place on the north end of the Embarcadero with stalls selling fish, and other produce. Arts and crafts and food vendors.