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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.