Along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway is the hidden little beach town of Morro Bay. Twenty minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay is quite an eclectic mix of architectural styles from beach cottages to sweeping ranch estates and everything in between. You’ll find a collection of old and new, Craftsman bungalows, modern architecture, luxury developments and fixer-uppers. Morro Bay has spectacular panoramic views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean coastline and the undeveloped mountains that surround the bay.
Morro Bay’s famous landmark, Morro Rock, was named by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 when he was scouting the Pacific Coast for Spain. “The Rock,” as locals call it, is one of the Nine Sisters, a series of ancient volcanic plugs that line the valley between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. (Although you cannot hike up Morro Rock, several of the Nine Sisters are accessible and are favorite hiking spots for locals.)
The Museum of Natural History is a great way to learn about the area’s history and wildlife. The museum sits on top of a hill with an outstanding panoramic view of the estuary. Beyond exhibits, you can plan a day of activities including a walk through the Chumash garden to learn how the Chumash Indians used the native plants of the Central Coast in their daily lives.
Morro Bay is an ocean lover’s dream: you can go sailing, fishing, kayaking and surfing every day of the year. Morro Bay sits adjacent to Montana de Oro, one of the largest State Parks in California, where every view is a breathtaking mix of coastal plains, rugged cliffs, and secluded coves and beaches. Locals and tourists enjoy year-round hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
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At first glance, Morro Bay may seem a bit secluded, but there are plenty of events to keep your calendar full. The community offers unique oceanfront dining, art festivals, art galleries, seafood festivals, a lighted boat holiday parade, a farmers market, a historic movie theater and a massive stretch of beach.
The Harbor Festival has been Morro Bay’s annual celebration of food, wine and art for nearly 30 years. Held right on the beautiful waterfront in October, it is the town’s biggest festival. The second Friday of every month you can join art lovers taking a stroll for The Embarcadero Art Walk, a fun way to get outside and check out local artists.
When it comes to eating out, Morro Bay has an eclectic mix ranging from high-end restaurants to casual bistros. Taco Temple serves up fresh “California Fusion” delicacies with desserts well beyond your expectations. It’s not uncommon to find a line out the door, but it is well worth the wait. Speaking of fresh, Giovanni’s Fish Market, on the Embarcadero, is loaded with the catch of the day. You can eat out on the patio or go home and grill it up with some local veggies from Farmer’s Market.
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