Morro Bay Travel Guide

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    Morro Rock from town
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    Quiet
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    View from the Elfin forest
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Morro Bay Highlights

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     A sheer delight 

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     Not a whole lot to see after two days 

  • In a nutshell
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     A relaxing atmosphere, don't expect much excitement here:-) 

Morro Bay Things to Do

  • Morro Rock

    Is it the yellow submarine? No, no, no. I don't want to go. Wait! It isn't a submarine but it is a boat, half in the water with windows to the sea and half out of the water with fresh air seating under the sun. Okay, more my speed. This is a fun way to go around Morro Bay and see what is going on under the water as well as above. Sub-Sea Tours is...

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  • Morro Bay

    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...

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  • Hearst Castle

    Hearst Castle was constructed from 1919 to 1947 by newspaper baron and former congressman William Randolph Hearst. The main structure, called Casa Grande, has over 60,000 square feet and features a huge medieval dining room, a pool designed after Roman baths, and a main sitting room full of European artwork. Guests were welcome at all times, and...

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  • Morro Bay Aquarium

    As an animal lover, I prefer animals to live in their own habitats. However if animals have been sick or injured then it is not always possible as they may need to be looked after. We visited the aquarium in Morro Bay and I was really disappointed to see the very confined space these seals are living in.

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  • Rustic Marina

    Some people like this, some don't, I do, so this is a tip. I like strolling around marina's with rustic fishing boats all up and down the docks. I feel like a sea hardened old fisherman scoping his turf. Of course, once again, the Morro Rock looms large in the background.

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  • Morro Bay State Park

    Morro Bay State Park is a couple of miles away from Morro Bay itself. It is a well developed park and used a lot by residents. Most of the park lies away from the coast, but there is a marina where you can hire canoes and kyaks. This photo is of my husband and son enjoying canoeing in the early evening. My feet along with the rest of me stayed...

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  • Museum of Natural History

    Built in the 1960's this musuem has kept up with times by building additions. We made sure we checked out this musuem when we were here. It has some really wonderful dispays that teaches everyone of the local wildlife and fauna. Not to mention the lovely veiw it has also. Lots of local school children come here to learn about protecting the...

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  • ABOVE AND BELOW THE SEA

    Is it the yellow submarine? No, no, no. I don't want to go. Wait! It isn't a submarine but it is a boat, half in the water with windows to the sea and half out of the water with fresh air seating under the sun. Okay, more my speed. This is a fun way to go around Morro Bay and see what is going on under the water as well as above. Sub-Sea Tours is...

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  • The Museum of Natural History

    Built in the 1960's this musuem has kept up with times by building additions. We made sure we checked out this musuem when we were here. It has some really wonderful dispays that teaches everyone of the local wildlife and fauna. Not to mention the lovely veiw it has also. Lots of local school children come here to learn about protecting the...

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Morro Bay Restaurants

  • Seafood and Beer

    With its location right on the harbour, the local fishing boats literally nestling against the windows, then this had to be the place for a seafood dinner. The restaurant itself, with its almost floor to ceiling picture windows, juts out over the bay and whilst set formally has a relaxed informality to the service. As an added bonus the little bar...

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  • THE CABO FISH TACOS ARE DEE..LISH...US

    Need a view with your beer? Need a view with your fish taco? Have your beer and eat a taco too with a view of the bay and the Morro Rock. This is one true seaside bar and grill. Rose's Grill is on the water and the atmosphere is pure beach town gaudy, but I love it. Sitting on the dock by the bay having a brew or two and all your cares melt away....

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  • Best Chinese in the county!

    The food here is outstanding in flavor and quality. The young couple who bought it about three years ago has transformed a formerly mediocre restaurant into one of our favorites. Kevin uses the freshest ingredients and combines them to make mouthwatering dishes. Even though another Chinese restaurant opened in our town we drive over 20 miles to...

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  • MORRO ROCK VIEW RESTAURANT

    This is the place in Morro Bay for seafood and a view. Located on the water at the embarcadero with the boats tied up right in front of the tables at the bay windows makes the food seem even fresher than it is. The style and ambiance is a sailor's delight with a nautical theme of beautiful heavy wood beams and model ships and ocean decor...

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  • Elegant, Tasty, Beautiful Sunset

    We dined here our first evening in Morro Bay and it was delicious! Everyone over ate and the service was personal and excellent. From salads to the main course there were no missteps. I had the asparagus grilled with beets and goat cheese and was delighted. Suggest reservations and try and time it for sunset! Ask for along the window if you really...

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  • Breakfast worth eating

    This is a great place for breakfast on the north end of the main strip. Owned and operated by the proprietor for many many years. Service was good and the food was good. Much better than the Inn at Morro Bay hotel buffet. The vegetable omelette's was popular.

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Morro Bay Nightlife

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    by johngayton Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    UPDATE OCT 2014 - Unfortunately I've just learned that the Morro Bay Brewing Company is no more. I'll leave this tip here though as a person memory.

    Taking a late evening wander into the town centre in search of a beer the sign was an immediate attraction and then add the sounds of female laughter I didn't have any choice but to follow my feet down a short mall to find this little bar with its brewery attached. As micros go this was definitely small-scale with three beers on offer and not really very much of anything else - none the worse for that! The laughter was attached to a group of about 12 local women out celebrating a birthday and apart from a couple of other guys at the bar that was the sum total of the company on a quiet early weekday evening in May. Beer was excellent - Dad's Pale Ale at 9%, if I remember! and one of the guys serving was the brewer himself, the other an older retired guy who was just doing odd shifts for the crack.

    This was a really friendly little place and one beer swiftly became three, the women left heading home, having obviously had a good night out and the guys behind the bar decided to call it a night but not before a drink on the house was poured - excellent place!

    PS Eats menu looked good!

    Dress Code: No obvious dress code but my usual advice holds ;)

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Morro Bay Shopping

  • Some unique items

    We walked all around this area looking at just about everything. We ended up at this place and I found the most unique item I was looking for my little front garden. This huge birdbath, which is so unique to even this day. As it turns out, it was friggin heavy. My hubby thought...no problem....then once he picked it up he was like yikes...lol! We...

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  • Collectables

    This little shop has some really neat selection of Harbour Lights limited edition lighthouse sculptures . I am not into collecting these, but I bought one for one of my friends as a gift. I remember in spending so much time in here looking at all the different ones. They sells other gift items too. Not a big store if I recall, but a little jewel to...

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  • Cannot have too many sea shells:-)

    I'd have to say this is a very unique shop. If you love sea shells and don't feel like stepping on one to find it, then this is the place for you. I know I enjoyed it. I bought some really lovely shells of all sorts. I used them to decorate my boys bathroom and used them as a teaching tool. Lots to see here.

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Morro Bay Local Customs

  • THE MORRO BAY TRIPLETS

    Most locals have a love/hate relationship with the power plant smoke stacks, built in the 1950's, that take over the skyline of Morro Bay. The "Gibraltar of the Pacific", Morro Rock, sits in majesty and the stacks look like the "three stooges". They stick out like a sore thumb, but still they have been part of the local history and the first thing...

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  • Canit miss the Avocado & Margarita...

    The annual Avocado & Margarita Festival, which is held on the lovely harbor in late September, is a nice festival if you really like mexican food and some great Avacodo dip. There is beer and wine served as well, along with typical booths of artwork and some pretty good live bands. A cool event to go to if you want to meet and greet the locals...

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Morro Bay Warnings and Dangers

  • Rip Tides and Dangerous Breakwaters

    We wondered down toward the bay where the Morro Rock was. As we strolled around the beach area and wondered closer to the breakwaters that the Army built across the north end of the harbor. A very large sign with a warning to those who feel frisky enough try to walk across the breakwaters or boat or swim beyond the safe points. Many surfers and...

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  • Joking Aside!

    When I first saw this sign my immediate thought was "Way! Hey! Here I come!" but on arrival found out it was just the local Coastguard Station :(On a more serious note however, the entrance to Morro Bay harbour is reckoned to be one of the top 6 most dangerous on the West Coast and has regular Coastguard advisories during rough weather (as many as...

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Morro Bay Off The Beaten Path

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    Monument to James Dean in Cholame

    by Skibbe Written Jan 2, 2003

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    While in the area, I took a detour to the place where actor James Dean was killed in a car accident on September 30, 1955. The spot is not marked but there is a monument that a Japanese fan built to him just about 900 feet away next to a restaurant.

    The site is in Cholame, 27 miles east of Paso Robles on Hwy. 46.

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Morro Bay Sports & Outdoors

  • ONE PADDLE, TWO PADDLE, NO MORE

    Spending some time in Morro Bay and want something different to do? Maybe, you already know about doing it. So, give it a go and go paddle a kayak at KAYAK HORIZONS in the Embarcadero area. They have been around long enough to know what you need as to the equipment and degree of experience from beginner to advanced that may require a short lesson...

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  • GRAB A 2 WHEELER AND RIDE

    If you stay at the Inn at Morro Bay, use of the bicycles is part of the package. There are many bicyclists taking in the sights of the area and the embarcadero is only a mile away. Bicycle rentals are also available downtown Morro Bay.

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  • 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...

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Morro Bay Favorites

  • The Pelican Network

    To find out about our beautiful town, the things to do and see, I found a good link with great pictures and ideas. It is: www.pelicannetwork.net/morrobay.htm I have been visiting this town once a month for over six years. Now at last I live here full time. When I am away, I miss the fresh air with the scent of the sea, the beautiful sunsets over...

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  • Looking for some leftovers....

    Brown pellicans, cormorants and seagulls are waiting for some leftovers of fish on a place on the Embarcadero, where people clean their fish.

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  • The Rock

    The town of Morro Bay is across from Morro Rock, a mariner's navigational landfall for centuries. The rock is a short walk from the town and is a nice place to view the ocean, walk along the beach, or surf. Sitting on a rock and watching a seal come nearer and nearer.

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Explore Deeper into Morro Bay
You can't miss the rock
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Visit nearby Cayucos
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Elfin Forest
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Halloway Native Plants garden
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Montaña de Oro State Park
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SPOTTING A SEA OTTER IN MORRO BAY
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"THE GIBRALTAR OF THE PACIFIC" MORRO ROCK
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BLUE HERON ROOKERY
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Fantastic spot
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Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market
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Beaches and Parks of the Morro Bay area
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Morro Bay - the town and the harbor
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Morro Rock
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Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas
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Visit nearby Hearst Castle
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Fish & Chips = Perfection!
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Morro Bay Rock
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A unique blend of shops
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Morro Bay Piers
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Excellent Pizza!
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Cannot beat the view!
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You can buy the Witch Doctor, no kidding!
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Another great unknown breakfast place
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Traditional Seafood Yankee Style
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Morro Bay Power Plant
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Kayaking on Morro Bay
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Walking Along the Embarcadero
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Birdwatching on the Beach
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Observing Birds on the Rock
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Walk the Dog on the Beach
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BEST Fish & Chips in Morro Bay!
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Maybe slightly above average...Pacific Cafe
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Rustic Marina
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Seals rule!!
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Funky Little Downtown
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Morro Bay Beach
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A Window Table at Sunset
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Take A Harbour Cruise
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Take A Walk Along The Embarcadero
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Seafood and a Sunset
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