Baywood Los Osos CA

Baywood Los Osos CA are nestled around the south shore of Morro Bay and are the perfect draw for nature lovers. These little-known gems are surrounded by gorgeous parks, bay and estuary. Morro Bay National Estuary, near the Morro Dunes Natural Preserve, is one of the best-preserved estuaries in central and southern CA, and home to more than 250 species of birds and an historic oyster farm. Montaña de Oro State Park offers more than 50 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails with spectacular ocean, mountain and valley vistas.

A calming bay-side oasis awaits in Baywood and Los Osos, home to Montana de Oro State Park, where wildflowers flourish in the spring and tide pools capture your curiosity. Encounter wonderful scenic hiking and mountain biking trails in this tranquil area of California. Ride horses on the beach. Kayak in the bay and estuary. Whether you prefer to explore the Elfin Forest or stroll the vibrant farmers market to find the freshest offerings, you’ll discover a beautiful gem in Baywood and Los Osos.

Enjoy great weather, an uncrowded shoreline and trails, diverse wildlife, and a lively music and art scene, offered in the very best of the Central Coast with a unique and relaxed vibe.

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Weather (When to Go)

Known for its moderate climate all year round, Baywood Los Osos CA has average temps between 50 – 60 in the winter; mid 60 – 70 in the summer. Romantic morning mists are typical most mornings, giving way to sunny afternoons and cool evenings during the summer. Winter is surprisingly clear, with sunny days and cool, clear nights. The ocean breezes come up in the Spring, with nights that cool down a bit. Humidity is consistently in the 45% to 65% range.

The best time to travel to Baywood Los Osos CA is during the early fall when temperatures are still warm but hotels are more affordable. During this month, a room for two costs approximately $135 per night. That’s 25% less than the average rate in July.  Most people visit Baywood Los Osos CA during the summer. This is peak season so expect to pay more for your hotel or vacation rental. The Holiday week (June 29th to July 9th), the Cal Poly Graduation week (June 10th – 18th) as well as the Thanksgiving week (November 19th – 27th) are also popular dates that you should avoid if you’re on a budget.  If you decide to visit in the winter don’t forget to bring your umbrella, it is the rainiest season in Baywood Los Osos CA.

Area Attractions

Montana de Oro State Park, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosMontana de Oro State Park

Connect with nature when you explore this park with or without a docent, and by dropping in for a history lesson and donating to the historic visitor center. The park features rugged cliffs, the spectacular Spooners’ Cove, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak.

 

El Morro Elfin Forest, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosEl Morro Elfin Forest

The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians. Enjoy docent led walks to deepen learning and fun.  The Elfin Forest Natural Area is a nature preserve protecting a unique plant community in Los Osos-Baywood Park, San Luis Obispo County, central California.

 

Point Buchon Trail, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosPoint Buchon Trail

South of Montana de Oro State Park there are beaches and trails on Diablo Canyon Power Plant lands which are administered by Pacific Gas & Electric. To see the bluffs and beaches south of the state park property you’ll need to sign a liability waiver and then hike the Point Buchon Trail. There is a short loop option near Point Buchon but the entire out-and-back hike is nearly 8 miles round-trip. Many of the beaches are visible from the bluff, but are not accessible down the steep cliffs. However, the beach closest to the trailhead (Coon Creek Beach) is accessible from the Point Buchon Trail.

Morro Strand State Beach, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosMorro Strand State Beach

Morro Strand State Beach is divided into two parts that are in the cities of Morro Bay and Cayucos. The main southern portion of this state park is in Morro Bay between Morro Rock Beach and the rocky point at North Point. At this location there is a small day-use parking area and an 80-site campground at the main entrance at Yerba Buena Street and Highway 1. Another larger day-use parking lot is available on Azure Street just south San Jacinto Street. Morro Strand State Beach is a wide sandy beach backed by shallow dunes. Activities include fishing, windsurfing, beach walking, sunbathing, camping, and bird watching.

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosSweet Springs Nature Preserve

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a park on the shores of Morro Bay in Los Osos, CA. The preserve is run by a local San Luis Obispo County group known as the Morro Coast Audubon Society. There is no official beach access here, but there is a trail system that begins on Ramona Avenue between Broderson Avenue and 4th Street. At the end of the boardwalk path there is a platform for looking across Morro Bay with Morro Rock towering in the distance. This preserve is a superb spot for watching for birds and other wildlife. It is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

Things to Do

Central Coast Outdoors, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosCentral Coast Outdoors

Kayak, bike and hike Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Big Sur and the Central Coast. They specialize in incredible California Central Coast outdoors tours and trips for individual travelers, small group tours or large group tours kayaking, biking or hiking in their natural playground.  For more information call 805-528-1080, or visit them on the web at Central Coast Outdoors.

Chablis Cruises, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosChablis Cruises

Chablis is a unique, 50-foot, two-story riverboat that graces the gentle waters of beautiful Morro Bay Harbor. The plushly decorated interior with its panoramic windows and rooftop deck make it the perfect setting for parties, business meetings, bridal showers, weddings, receptions, and events of all kinds. A cruise on Chablis will be a lasting memory. Their weekly Champagne Brunch is an event to be enjoyed by all. For more information call 805-772-2128, or visit them on the web at Chablis Cruises.

Sub Sea Tours & Kayaks, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosSub Sea Tours & Kayaks

They offer bay cruise offering above water and below water viewing, humpback whale watching, and gray whale watching. They also offer self-guided tours in the bay with stand-up paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks.  ?For more information call 805-772-9463, or visit them on the web at Sub Sea Tours & Kayaks.

Lost Isle Adventures, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosLost Isle Adventures

Take a guided harbor tour of beautiful Morro Bay aboard the Lost Isle. Enjoy scenic vistas and wildlife viewing in comfort with a full bar and tropical drink menu.  For more information call 805-771-9337, or visit them on the web at Lost Isle Adventures.

Morro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosMorro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding

They are a full service retail shop dedicated to stand up paddling. They have a SUP rental operation that runs 7 days a week by reservation. MBSUP is an Academy of Surfing Instructors Accredited SUP School and they offer beginner to advanced stand up paddle lessons. They are the Central Coast’s authorized dealer for Infinity SUP, POP Paddleboards, Boardworks, and Starboard.  For more information call 805-225-7967, or visit them on the web at Morro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Best Rated Restaurants

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$  Blue Heron

Blue Heron was created in the image of Baywood Park, California. Owner, local resident and visionary, Bill Lee, has created a space that is refined and elegant while being welcoming and true to the landscape.   The subtle beauty of the surrounding waters, the warmth of their fire lit outdoor lounge, the energy of their elegant dining room and heated patio will inspire you to relax and enjoy the best of Baywood Park.  The menu is an ever evolving reflection of their farm and the surrounding waters.  For more information call 805-540-2828, or visit them on the web at Blue Heron.

$  Jimmy Bump’s Pasta House

They are a casual Italian restaurant that is a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors to the Los Osos area. Their menu is made up of regional pastas, salads, soups, Italian specialties and seafood specials. Jimmy Bump`s also serves beer and wines.  They also feature house made desserts. For more information call 805-528-4898, or visit them on the web at Jimmy Bump’s Pasta House.

$$ – $$$  Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay

Bayside Cafe in Moro Bay was established in 1986 by Cal Poly graduate Dawn Borst who originally opened the cafe as a walk-up creating the menu from her own personal recipes. The spot quickly became so popular among the locals and visitors alike that it became necessary to expand to include the casual indoor dining area facing the bay. Diners can also enjoy a leashed-dog-friendly outdoor patio dining area with umbrellas and heaters.  For more information call 805-772 1465, or visit them on the web at Bayside Cafe Moro Bay.

$$ – $$$  The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar

The freshest premium seafood. Hand-selected seasonal ingredients from our own farm. An impressive selection of world-class wines. Welcome to The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar—the Central Coast’s finest seafood restaurant overlooking the scenic waterfront on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.  For lunch, dinner or any special occasion, put yourself in our Central Coast frame of mind. Dine with them and experience The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar in Morro Bay.  For more information call 805-772-7777, or visit them on the web at The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar.

$$$$  Windows On The Water

From the award-winning Local Halibut to their Beef Filet, they are dedicated to providing their guests with locally raised livestock, seafood and organically grown produce. Their menu changes with the seasons, benefiting from local producers for fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and herbs. The extensive wine list showcases many local wines, current California selections, as well as renowned French vintages.  For more information call 805-772-0677, or visit them on the web at Windows On The Water.

Best Bars

The Merrimaker Tavern, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosThe Merrimaker Tavern

This place is a dive bar, no question, although the folks inside are a close knit family and welcomes all visitors with open arms and love to give suggestions about your visit and the local adventures. Have fun during daylight hours, but your night should be filled with the Maker and it’s folks.  For more information call 805-534-1007, or visit them on the web at The Merrimaker Tavern.

The Libertine Pub, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosThe Libertine Pub

One of the only local breweries specializing in sour and tart beers. They also serve local wines. Live music. Family friendly restaurant with a great view of the harbor and of Morro rock. They also have a separate bar area geared for adults with shuffleboard table.  For  more information call 805-548-2337, or visit them on the web at The Libertine Pub.

Sweet Springs Saloon, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosSweet Springs Saloon

They provide quality cocktails, great draft beers, and a wide selection of liquor and beer all from a professional, skilled and friendly staff. They are known for our excellent live music, shuffleboard, and pool too.  For more information call 805-439-0969, or visit them on the web at Sweet Springs Saloon.

Baywood Tavern, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosBaywood Tavern

Dynamite!! Great selection of local craft beer and wine. Incredible food. Awesome service and people. Good vibes.  For more information call 805-439-4848, or visit them on the web at Baywood Tavern.

Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzaria

Nardonne's La Famiglia Pizzeria, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los OsosNardonne’s serves traditional, delicious Sicilian style pizza or thin crust, mouth-watering sandwiches, flavorful salads, and quality beer & wine.  For more information call 805-, or visit them on the web at Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzaria.

 

Best Hotels

Estero Inn

This is an intimate boutique hotel located on the Bay & Embarcadero in beautiful Morro Bay. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a revitalizing stop on your coastal journey, the Estero Inn is awaiting you. Relax on their seaside landing, enjoying panoramic ocean views, amazing sunsets and inspiring wildlife including sea otters, sea lions and seals. They are gently removed from highway 1 on the Morro Bay Embarcadero, just steps away from exceptional shopping, dining and wine tasting.   For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Estero Inn.

456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites

Pleasure, Serenity and Relaxation await you at the newly redesigned and renovated 456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites. Enjoy the tranquility of one of their 29 stylish boutique guestrooms and 4 luxury suites with vistas of Morro Bay Estuary, Morro Rock, the Sandspit and the Pacific Ocean. The Family owned and operated inn is uniquely located on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay, California and is pleased to provide pet friendly accommodations. Enjoy strolling to Morro Rock, beaches, parks, shops, restaurants and along the bay to discover beauty and nature.   Their tranquil rooms and suites, superb service and attention to guests needs will ensure your visit to Morro Bay is delightful.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit 456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites.

Beach Bungalow Inn & Suites

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Free WiFi and a flat-screen cable TV are featured in each room at the Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites, just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Morro Bay Aquarium. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is 12 mi away.  A gas fireplace, refrigerator, and a coffee machine are provided in all guest rooms. An private bathroom with Turkish cotton bathrobes are included. Select rooms offer a full kitchen.  A fire pit is available in the courtyard and guests can relax in the central garden area, furnished with outdoor lounge furniture.  Guests receive a full warm complimentary breakfast onsite.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Beach Bungalow Inn & Suites.

Sundown Inn of Morro Bay

A charming Morro Bay motel that has been featured in the Los Angeles Times. Walking distance from the waterfront, golf course, state park, and other city attractions. Only 30 minutes from Hearst Castle. Clean, comfortable, and cozy rooms to brighten your stay in Morro Bay! We offer rooms of the following bed sizes: king, queen, queen & twin, and two doubles. Family rooms are also available upon request.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sundown Inn of Morro Bay.

Sea Pines Golf Resort

A captivating hotel in Morro Bay complete with world-class golfing, dining and spa, Sea Pines is located on California’s beautiful Central Coast and at the entrance to Montaña de Oro State Park, one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline on the West Coast.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sea Pines Golf Resort.

26 Comments

  1. Pablo

    Woah! Not the California you see in the movies! LOL! What a great place to combine the Beach with Adventure, Nature, and Learning. It seems to be a marvelous place to go with the family! I am adding it to my list!
    Thank you, Leah Rae!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Pablo 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed reading about Baywood Los Osos CA!

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  2. Eugen

    Hi Leahrae,

    Great article. There are so many places to visit around the globe it is unbelievable. Once I am on a trip to the US I will definitely put this on the route. Like the fact you can do paddleboarding. Found this as my new hobby and absolutely love it 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Paddleboarding is wonderful. I live on the ocean, and between the paddleboard and the kayak, I enjoy the water so much! This area is so beautiful and the perfect spot for water sports. Thanks for visiting Baywood Los Osos CA.

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  3. Blanka

    I’ve never been to California and Baywood Los Osos looks like a great place to visit. This article is very informative and comprehensive and contains everything you need for a meaningful vacation. Thanks for the great guide!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading about Baywood Los Osos CA. It really is a wonderful coastal community that is just beautiful. You will enjoy when you go!

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  4. Travis

    Baywood Los Osos sounds like a good place to visit the subsea tours sound very interesting.
    Morro bay looks like a definite must see. My vacations are usually pretty short so if I only had a day to spend there where would you recommend eating and what would you recommend seeing?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      If money is not an issue, than definitely Windows on the Water. If you want an affordable choice, then head to The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar. As far as what to do, for me personally I would make sure I went to Point Buchon Trail. It is breathtakingly beautiful and you get a hike in as well. Thanks for visiting Baywood Los Osos CA.

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  5. Melinda

    I had never heard of Los Osos, CA. But we are looking at a vacation to California, and your site has everything we need to help make our decision as to what part we want to visit. The Baywood Los Osos area looks amazing, and definitely a consideration. I think I would enjoy Stand Up Paddle boarding while here for sure.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Central California is really beautiful and has so many great beaches, scenery, hiking spots, and so much to do. This whole area is brimming with beauty. I believe you would really enjoy a beach vacation here to Baywood Los Osos CA. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. ecocatherine

    Hi, this looks like a really fantastic place to go. Point Buchon Trail almost looks a little bit like Stone Henge, except it was naturally created by the water. Really beautiful and enchanting. Thank you so much for sharing. Do you know how far it is to Coon Creek Beach from the trail head? Thank you and all the best.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I wanna say it is about a 4.5 mile hike from the trailhead to Coon Creek Beach. Perfect way to get some exercise, take in the beauty and then enjoy the beach! Yes, it is like Stone Henge in the water, absolutely beautiful. Thanks for visiting Baywood Los Osos CA.

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  7. Eric

    Baywood Los Osos California is one of the few places I have read about that sounds Elfin cool 🙂 With a picture of the mist my imagination might just get the best of me but it won’t matter because I can climb up and get above it. Where can I find out more information about the reptiles and amphibians that are there?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is cool ! … and beautiful! If you go to this link about Montana de Oro State Park, it gives the various animals you will run across. Thanks for stopping by Baywood Los Osos CA.

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  8. Robert M Doyle

    Baywood Los Osos is gorgeous! I lived in California when I was little, but I never saw a coastline like this! We always went to the popular beaches. People don’t think of going to these fabulous places with fewer people and full of nature. I believe this must be in Northern California. Correct? Wish I could see a map of exactly where this is. I love the trails and scenic beauty. Thanks again for a wonderful post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      This is actually in Central California 🙂 I guess I should have included a map, or given a description of exactly where it is. It is gorgeous, that is so true! And right here in the United States! Thanks for stopping by Robert.

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  9. Mick Krug

    I really enjoyed the drone video. It took some fantastic views of the area surrounding that big rock mountain. A lot of things to do there in the area. I had never heard of this area before and had to google it to find out where it was on the map of California. Very informative webpage.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Mick! It is a beautiful area for sure and Morro Rock is something to see. Thanks for taking the time to comment and visit Beach Travel Destinations.

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  10. Amy

    This is California…?! Amazing and incredibly beautiful. Cannot wait to see the El Morro Elfin Forest with so many species of birds! The drone video really captures the flavor of Morro Bay, and I love the fact that I can go kayaking there as another way to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the area. You really have covered every detail and thank you for highlighting a place in CA that I never knew existed!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      California is actually so diverse and the Central California coast line is beautiful for sure! I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about Baywood Los Osos CA.

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  11. Donna

    Sigh…one day sooner than later I hope! Your posts are so awesomely beautiful!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoy visiting Donna, I will get you to one of these amazing beach destinations sooner….rather than later!

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  12. catherine

    Hi, this is a really fantastic article. That part of the Island with the rocky mountain is incredible. Friends of mine really enjoy rock climbing and this looks like a fantastic place to do that. Do you know if there is a company doing this there?
    Thank you.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, best one is with the Mountain Project. I know that there are more companies that offer “tours” to this area. But this one you will want 🙂 Thanks for reading about Baywood Los Osos CA!

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  13. shalisha alston

    OMG. I love the drone video. You find all of these out-of-the-way fantastic places to vacation. You’ve covered every detail – from when to go to the least and most expensive places to eat. I love this site. I know where to look when I’m ready to go. I’ve never been much of a traveler, but your reviews are awesome and make me want to go.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad Shalisha! I try to do my best to share my passion for these amazing beach destinations. When you are ready, come on back and start planning. Baywood Los Osos CA is beautiful!

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