Baywood Los Osos CA

Baywood Los Osos is nestled around the south shore of Morro Bay and is the perfect draw for nature lovers. It is surrounded by gorgeous parks, a 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/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.  For a list of all the area beaches << Click Here >>.

Baywood Los Osos Weather (When to Visit)

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.

Best Baywood Los Osos Beaches

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

This beach is a coastal frontage park featuring outstanding picnic sites. A three-mile stretch of beach connects the southern and northern entrances to the beach. Fishing, windsurfing, jogging, and kite flying are popular.

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Sandspit 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 Osos, best hotels in Baywood Los OsosSandspit Beach

As the most secluded beach in the area, there is only one way to access the Sandspit from Morro Bay: by water. Paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or boat over, and you’ll likely have the place to yourself…aside from the birds. South of Morro Rock, the Sandspit isn’t far away from the action, but it feels like an escape.

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

Point Buchon Trail leads to beautiful views of eroding cliffs, sea stacks, and rock arches. Some beaches are visible from the bluff, but they are not accessible down the steep cliffs. However, the beach closest to the trailhead (Coon Creek Beach) is accessible from the Point Buchon Trail.

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Spooner's Cove, Baywood Los Osos CA, Morro Bay, best hotels in Baywood Los Osos, best bars in Baywood Los Osos, things to do in Baywood Los Osos, best hotels in Baywood Los OsosSpooner's Cove

This beautiful cove has a pebbly beach, tide pools, caves, and unique rock formations to climb around on especially at lower tides.  Spooners Cove is the only area of Montana de Oro State Park where dogs are allowed on the beach, but they must be on a leash.

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Pasadena 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 Osos, best hotels in Baywood Los OsosPasadena Park

Pasadena Park is a small neighborhood park between homes on Morro Bay in Los Osos, CA. The shore at the park is mostly mud flats that are narrow at high tide. From this park the view looks out across the bay to the dunes on the sand spit that protects the harbor.

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Baywood Los Osos Tours & Activities

Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tasting Tour from Morro and Cayucos

Take a half-day hop-on hop-off wine tasting tour in Paso Robles wine country that allows you to set your own pace and choose which wineries to visit. Your semi-private shuttle services more than 70 wineries, and you’ll have time to visit up to five places during your tour. Hotel pickup and drop-off is provided from Morro Bay or Cayucos, with an upgrade option to include lunch and wine tastings.  Learn more about this Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tasting Tour.

California Big Sur (Monterey to Pismo Beach) GPS Self Guided Audio Drive

Welcome to Big Sur! This stunning drive in California is the most scenic stretch of the famous Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) road trip. Get ready to turn your phone into your personal tour guide. Our GPS-enabled app offers a fully-guided experience – just like a local giving you a personalized, fully-guided tour.  Learn more about this GPS Self Guided Audio Drive.

Paso Robles Wine Adventure from Morro Bay

This Wrangler Adventure Tour is a social tour and our most popular. You can expect to meet other wine enthusiasts and get to know them over the course of the day. You'll share the day with a small group and visit between 4-6 wineries.  Learn more about the Paso Robles Wine Adventure.

Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour from Paso Robles

On this full-day, small-group day trip, you’ll head along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to luxurious Hearst Castle, beating the crowds with an early arrival. Enjoy a tour of the main house before hitting the coastal town of Cambria for a lunch break, followed by optional wine tastings at three different wineries. Tours include snacks and water, the Grand Rooms tour ticket, and comfortable transfers on a private bus.  Learn more about the Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour.

Toast Together Wine Tour of Paso Robles Wine Country

Focus on Paso Robles' smaller, less-visited wineries during this small-group tour. Traveling with a group of just 13 people means you'll get personalized attention from your guide and plenty of chances to ask questions. Explore the renowned wine region's smaller vineyards, where you'll enjoy intimate experiences wine tasting and sit down for a picnic lunch at one.  Learn more about the Toast Together Wine Tour.

Best Baywood Los Osos Restaurants

Blue Heron  $31 – 60

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.  Telephone:  805-540-2828  Web:   Blue Heron.

Jimmy Bump's Pasta House  $11 – 30

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. Telephone:  805-528-4898  Web:   Jimmy Bump's Pasta House.

Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay  $11 – 30

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. Telephone:  805-772 1465  Web:   Bayside Cafe Moro Bay.

The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar  $11 – 30

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.   Telephone:  805-772-7777  Web:   The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar.

Windows On The Water  $31 – 60

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.  Telephone:  805-772-0677  Web:   Windows On The Water.

Best Baywood Los Osos Bars

The 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.  Telephone:  805-534-1007  Web:   The Merrimaker Tavern.

The 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.  Telephone:  805-548-2337  Web:   The Libertine Pub.

Sweet 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. Telephone:  805-439-0969  Web:   Sweet Springs Saloon.

Baywood Tavern

Dynamite!! Great selection of local craft beer and wine. Incredible food. Awesome service and people. Good vibes.  Telephone:  805-439-4848  Web:  Baywood Tavern.

Nardonne's La Famiglia Pizzaria

Nardonne's serves traditional, delicious Sicilian style pizza or thin crust, mouth-watering sandwiches, flavorful salads, and quality beer & wine.  Telephone:  805-528-1976  Web:   Nardonne's La Famiglia Pizzaria.

Best Baywood Los Osos 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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