Visit Beautiful Morro Bay California! Morro Bay is alive with family-friendly activities, enhanced by the sun and sand. At a distance, you will definitely spot Morro Rock, a landmark jutting from the water. Find an abundance of sea life, such as dolphins, seals and otters, swimming in the bay. Explore the Embarcadero, filled with shops and art galleries. From oceanfront dining to the oyster farm, the catch-of-the-day is always a good option. Fishermen haul in their bounty daily, ensuring you’ll never be left without fresh seafood. Morro Bay is a colorful picture of modern-day life in a true working fishing town. This city is also about playing, and you can enjoy kayaking, sailing, kite-flying, biking, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing… all in a day’s fun. Plenty of outdoor adventures await you, such as an ice-cold glass of barrel-aged sour beer. From excursions, like whale-watching tours, sunset dinner cruises and fishing charters, to annual festivals, such as the Surfboard Art Festival, Bird Festival and Kite Festival. There’s something for everyone with Morro Bay Vacations. Come enjoy the wonder! For a list of all the area beaches << Click Here >>.
Morro Bay Weather (When to Visit)
Morro Bay experiences a warm-summer Mediterranean climate characteristic of coastal California featuring dry, warm summers and wet, mild winters. The city is located next to the Pacific Ocean, which helps moderate temperatures and create an overall pleasant mild year-round climate, resulting in warmer winters and cooler summers. Every day is a beach day and very seldom are chilly temperatures experienced – even in winter! So anytime you can have a holiday experience.
The best time to visit Morro Bay is in September when temperatures are still warm but room rates are cheaper. During this time, expect to pay approximately $135/night for a 1-bedroom vacation rental. That’s 25% cheaper compared to July. Temperatures are in the low 70s, just a bit cooler than the average 75°F you could experience during high season. The busiest season in Morro Bay is during the summer so expect hotel and rental rates to surge during this period. Try avoiding the Cal Poly Graduation week (June 10th – 18th), the Holiday week (June 29th to July 9th) as well as the Memorial Day week (May 24th – 29th) if you’re on a budget; accommodation rates surge the most during these weeks. When visiting Morro Bay in the winter, don’t forget to pack an umbrella since rain is quite common.
Visit Beautiful Morro Bay California Beaches
Morro Rock Beach
Morro Rock Beach is popular for its dramatic setting with Morro Rock looming overhead. Swimming, surfing, sandcastle building, sun bathing, and picnicking are all favorite activities there. Fires are not allowed on the beach and dogs must be on leash. The beach is open from dawn to dusk.
Coleman Park Beach
Coleman Park extends along the waterfront at the northern end of the Embarcadero, just east of Morro Rock. The park includes a picnic area, BBQ pits, restrooms, and a children’s play area. Visitors enjoy watching ocean wildlife and birds there.
Morro Strand Beach
Morro Strand Beach is a favorite for walking and jogging. Other attractions include fishing, surfing, wind and kite surfing, kite flying, sunbathing, and bird watching. Dogs are not allowed on the beach.
Cayucos State Beach
In the charming coastal town of Cayucos is the popular Cayucos State Beach. The beach area includes a fishing pier and a nice sandy beach. Visitors enjoy swimming and surfing, tide pooling, and picnicking. Lifeguards are on duty during peak summer months.
Sandspit extends nearly 4 miles along the coast from the mouth of Morro Bay to Monta?a de Oro State Park. This dune barrier separates Morro Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Some of the dunes rise to 100 feet. The ocean side of Sandspit is too dangerous for swimming, with sudden drop-offs and dangerous rip-currents.
Best Morro Bay Restaurants
Bayside Cafe $11 – 30
Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay was established in 1986 by Cal Poly graduate Dawn Borst who originally opened the café 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. Diners can also enjoy a leashed-dog- friendly patio dining area with umbrellas and heaters. Telephone: 805-772-1465 Web: Bayside Cafe.
Beach Burger $11 – 30
If you are looking for the best burger on the Central Coast Come to Beach Burger on the Embarcadero. You may dine indoors or enjoy your meal on the sun drenched pet friendly patio that provides a magnificent view of Morro Rock. Telephone: 805-225-1900 Web: Beach Burger.
Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay $11 – 30
The Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay offers a distinctive palate of fresh seafood, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast. At Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay, you’ll enjoy a relaxed dining experience where the upbeat decor is designed to compliment the beautiful views. Telephone: 805-772-8988 Web: Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay.
Candy Fish Sushi $11 – 30
Open daily 11am – 9pm. Good, inexpensive sushi. Good miso soup, great sashimi and casual walk-up window make it a fun lunchtime stop. The walk-up window is on Harbor Street. Telephone: 805-776-5058 Web: Candy Fish Sushi.
DiStasio’s On The Bay $11 – 30
Come and enjoy a fantastic meal and the best view in Morro Bay. For more than a 19 years DiStasio’s has provided a unique dining experince featuring delicious traditional Italian food that is rated among the best on the Central Coast. Telephone: 805-771-8760 Web: DiStasio’s On The Bay.
Best Morro Bay Bars
Open daily 12pm – 7pm (Except on major holidays) Chateau Margene is a boutique, micro-winery producing luxury Cabernet Savignons and Bordeaux blends. Average lot sizes range from 100 to 500 cases with a total annual production of 2,500 cases. The first wine produced was their 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon. Telephone: 805-225-1235 Web: Chateau Margene.
The Libertine is a brew pub that focuses on brewing barrel aged wild ales. In addition, they also have an extensive beer catalog with 48 draft handles. Even the seasoned beer “geek” can find something to satisfy their palate. Bar fans will enjoy their full bar with specialty cocktails, small batch hand crafted spirits, and a large wine list. The food menu includes most bar favorites, plus local favorites like fish and chips and fresh clam chowder. Telephone: 805-772-0700 Web: Libertine Pub.
The Buoy Tavern
Experience an authentic Morro Bay dive bar. This bar is the perfect place to dance to juke box music, play a game of pool, or chat with locals. Upon entering, visitors will notice vintage seaside collections, corrugated metal, and a warm, friendly, neighborhood vibe. While enjoying your cocktail, enjoy peanuts and discard the shell on the floor to contribute to the ambiance. Telephone: 805-772-7000 Web: The Buoy Tavern.
The Siren Rhythym & Booze
The Siren is Morro Bay’s hottest new bar and live music venue supporting the central coast’s local talent, as well as national touring acts. Over 25 beer selections and kitchen serving food until 11pm coming. Check the live music schedule on their website. Telephone: 805-772-8478 Web: The Siren Rhythym & Booze.
Stax Wine Bar & Bistro
The hottest new wine bar on the Central Coast is in Morro Bay. Choose from over 100 local and international wines. Daily tastings and wine by the glass can be paired with their light but flavorful menu. Telephone: 805-772-5055 Web: Stax Wine Bar & Bistro.
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