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Morro Bay Introduction

In 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named the offshore volcanic peak Morro Rock, and the name was used again over 300 years later when the city of Morro Bay was founded. Situated on California’s scenic coastline, Morro Bay is a popular location for both relaxing and active beach holidays, as well as for nature enthusiasts, who appreciate the area's bird sanctuary, sea otter colony, and natural history museum. A stroll along the sandy beaches at sunset creates a stunning backdrop to Morro Rock, and is a memory that's sure to stay with all visitors to this oceanside city.

Hotels in Morro Bay

Hotels in Morro Bay are geared to cater for vacationers drawn to the natural beauty and wildlife of the northern California coastline all year round. The summer months are especially busy, so you’ll have to book well ahead to find the best Morro Bay hotel rates and availability during this peak season. Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find your perfect pad among the many Morro Bay hotels, inns, and resorts. Cozy up in a friendly B&B with a hearty home-cooked breakfast, or spread out in a spacious motel with parking and enjoy the benefit of having your vehicle right outside.

Where to stay

Hotels in Morro Bay's downtown make the perfect base for exploring this friendly community and its many attractions. Enjoy scenic walks along the seafront to Morro Bay State Park, or stroll along the Embarcadero to soak up the romantic ambience of years gone by. The Inn At Morro Bay is a famous landmark with spectacular views over Morro Rock and the marine reserve, while the Back Bay Inn benefits from direct access to the beach. Watch the sun set from your oceanfront room, or head out of town on Route 1 to find traditional motels with competitive rates.

Things to see

Climb aboard a whale-watching boat for a breathtaking opportunity to spot these magnificent marine creatures, or paddle around the coastal waters in a hired kayak. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Morro Bay State Park, where the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve also hosts cormorants, egrets, and herons. The Museum of Natural History, with its spectacular view of the bay, offers state-of-the-art exhibits that explain the local ecosystems. Lovers of sport can enjoy a burst of energetic mountain biking or a competitive round of golf while taking in panoramas of the estuary, Morro Rock, and the ocean beyond. Learn how to find the best waves at Morro Bay Surf School, or appreciate the complete history of skateboarding and a display of over 200 skateboards at the Skateboard Museum. See a different side of the city by following the Morro Bay Mural Mile, a self-guided tour of artworks that illustrate the urban area and local sea life.

How to get to Morro Bay

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport operates nonstop flights to San Francisco, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, opening up a wide range of international onward connections. There are plenty of taxis and shuttles on hand to complete the 20-mile journey to Morro Bay. California’s famous scenic Route 1 runs through the heart of Morro Bay, and provides an unforgettable first glimpse of the iconic rock. U.S. Highway 41 supplies the access from inland. Travel in Morro Bay's center comes courtesy of the Morro Bay Trolley, which covers the main points of interest in downtown and along the oceanfront.