Just a three hour drive from Los Angeles and San Francisco on the beautiful Central Coast, Morro Bay represents the perfect escape. Easy to get to, worlds apart.
Some say Morro Rock, one of nine distinctive formations, is the town's most defining geographical feature, punctuating the most beautiful natural harbor on the West Coast. Morro Bay provides leisure activities for just about everyone.
Kayaking, sailing, mountain-biking, rockclimbing, hiking, deep-sea fishing, and more.
Bayfront Inn is walking distance to the most popular surf spot in Morro Bay, right next to Morro Rock. Several professional and club surf contests are held at Morro Rock during the year, including the Big, Bad & Ugly Surf Contest in February. Morro Bay also features numerous surf shops where you can rent gear and wetsuits.
Oceanside golf at our Championship 18 hole course. Many players call our course an inexpensive Pebble Beach. Play it just once and you'll see why.
Morro Bay is centrally located; the perfect stepping off point to explore the other natural and man-made wonders the Central Coast offers. There's the awe inspiring Hearst Castle, one of the true wonders of the world, and one of California's major tourist attractions drawing in over a million visitors a year. If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to stop by.
Just up the coast from Hearst Castle you'll find the Elephant Seal beaches. Thousands of these majestic mammals congregate here in colonies, a true phenomenon of nature.
And please don't forget our viticulture. California's Central Coast is becoming known as the "new Napa" developing some of the finest wineries in the world. You must plan a wine tasting excursion, with over one hundred different vineyards to choose from.
Museum of Natural History / Morro Bay State Park
A visit to Morro Bay would not be complete without a stop at the Museum of Natural History located in Morro Bay State Park. The museum offers activities for all ages: nature walks, lectures, a nature gift shop, docent led tours, special events and wonderful exhibits which are as informative as they are fun.
Morro Bay National and State Estuary
Located on the east side of the State Park, The Morro Estuary Natural Preserve is an 800-acre wetland area where fresh water mixes with salty ocean water. It's one of 28 national estuaries and the only state estuary. Morro Bay is a major stop on the Pacific Flyway and the winter home of more than 100 migratory bird species. When the lakes and feeding grounds in th enorth freeze over, birds flock here by the tens of thousands. There may be 65,000 to 75,000 birds in the bay on a given day, and you can see many of them enjoying the estuary's smorgasboard.