Morro Bay 2022

California is known for its beautiful coastline, from San Diego to Newport Beach and all the beaches in the Los Angeles area. And, don’t forget the central coast with the amazing sands of Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach. There’s one city on the coast that isn’t as well known as these others but it’s one of my favorite places to visit in California. Morro Bay, in the central coast, is known for its beautiful views of the bay and Morro Rock.

At first glance it’s a laid back peaceful town filled with seafood restaurants and natural beauty. But, if you look closely, the area is filled with outdoor adventure. You can walk along the bay and spot dozens of wild life, from the many bird species in the air to the seals and sea lions in the water. My favorite species to view here is the sea otter, they’re like furry little children constantly playing in the water. You don’t even have to rent a boat to view them, just take the road to Morro Rock and park at the end of the road. You’ll see them floating in the seagrass as they rest or groom themselves along the shore. On my visit, I got to see an infant laying on its mother’s belly while the mother groomed the infant. Others spun themselves in the water as if they were children cooling off in their backyard pool.

A great way to see the bay is in the water so I decided to participate in a kayaking tour. The bay is calm and protected from the larger waves of the ocean. It’s a great place to kayak for all levels of kayakers. We got to see the rookery were we kayaked right under the trees to see the dozens of bird nests. Of course, we got to see, and definitely hear, the noisy sea lions. We also encountered another colony of sea otters that were at the other end of the bay, away from the prying eyes of tourists.

The area is also filled with great hiking trails. There’s one short trail that I highly recommend. Black Hill Trail is just over half a mile, up and back. The reason for it’s short distance is the fact that you can drive up the hill on a short, narrow, single lane road. The short trail is steep but definitely achievable for most. The view from atop this hill is stunning. You have an amazing and unobstructed view of the bay and Morro Rock.

One of the most popular locations that attract visitors to this location is Morro Strand State Beach. It’s a picturesque strand of beach with Morro Rock at one end. You can stretch out and enjoy yourself more than the beaches in Southern California. There’s never much of a crowd here but my favorite thing about this beach is that it’s dog friendly. Dogs are allowed on the beach as long as you keep them on a leash. This is my second visit to Morro Bay and both times I’ve brought my dog. He loved exploring the dunes and running on the beach. So much so, he was exhausted at the end of the day. As a matter of fact, the town is very pet friendly, multiple accommodations allow pets and some of the trails allow dogs as well.

Morro Bay is a perfect place for a relaxing getaway or an adventurous expedition. It’s just under a four hour drive from the Los Angeles area and it’s an easy drive once you get out of the metropolis. I can definitely see myself visiting Moro Bay for a third time.