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Take Highway 1 W out of San Louis Obispo to get to Morro Bay.
Morro Bay can be traveled on foot and isn't very car friendly, so we advise leaving your car at the hotel when possible. People have trouble finding places to park on the Embarcadero, the main street along the waterfront. A free trolley shuttle runs the length of the Embarcadero from larger parking areas at Morro Rock to the north of the bay and city marina at the south end of the Embarcadero on the weekends.
Some of the things you won't want to miss during your hotel stay.
Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay State Park Road, 805-772-2694. Daily: 10AM-5PM; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The only Natural History Museum in the State Park system, this museum focuses on the unique environment of Morro Bay and its estuary. Adults: $2.00, 16 and under: Free.
Morro Rock - A new bayside walk connects the Embarcadero waterfront to the ocean and harbor entry. The jetty that guards the bay mouth is a popular but dangerous surf vantage point, and one must take care with rogue waves which have killed visitors here. 'The Rock' is a protected Native American shrine and home to endangered Peregrine Falcons.
Some of the great reasons to get out of your hotel and explore Morro Bay.
Go eat at Abba's restaurant, you will know why. There is a giant chess board in the middle of Embarcadero Rd. Morro Bay also boosts a small aquarium for a very cheap price. Make sure to take lots of pictures in this small town by the coast.
The Embarcadero is the main tourist area and lines the east side of the bay in the City of Morro Bay. It is easy to find free parking at public lots, while street parking can be difficult. The Embarcadero is a great walking experience along a still working port and eco-tourist destination. A variety of marine life is here, from sea otters to sea lions, and the town is a declared bird sanctuary. Local shops cater to the tourist trade with art, t-shirts and the like as well as many restaurants of all prices. Some excellent deep sea fishing originates here as well, at the north end of the Embarcadero. A public park and boat launch are at the south end of the Embarcadero. RVs and mobile homes may day park at either end and there is a public trolley that runs its length.
If time permits, one can rent a kayak. See the sea lions that hang out on the docks and boats in the harbor. Sharp eyes will spot the sea otters hunt for food. Explore the estuary which supports the most significant wetlands system south of the Central Coast. A favorite local tradition is to kayak from Morro Bay State Park or Embarcadero docks to the massive sand spit for a picnic.
To the north of town is the Morro Strand State beach which offers additional surfing possibilities and many locals with their dogs in a fairly open uncrowded setting. To the south of the town is Morro Bay State Park which includes an impressive public golf course set in pines on challenging hillsides with amazing views to the ocean and bay. A newly renovated public campground is available. the Morro Bay Natural History Museum is an excellent small venue to learn about the estuary and marine life of the bay.
Consistent peaks break on sandbars next to the Morro Rock. Waves break along the jetty’s and with the right conditions, (big winter swell) inside the harbor. Wide open beach break S of the harbor.
Despite the small town feel you won't have any trouble finding food near your hotel. There are numerous places to eat in Morro Bay. A nice restaurant located at the front of the bay is Abba's, locally renowned for its great food.
Dorn's Original Breaker's Cafe (801 Market Ave.), right above the Embarcadero, has great views, and is both a popular and reliable choice, especially for older patrons.
The Outrigger Restaurant (833 Embarcadero) makes for a great dining experience and plays host to many out-of-towners as well as locals.
Delicious french dip sandwiches are hand-carved in front of you at the Hofbrau restaurant (901 Embarcadero), which serves up German fare as well as the popular waterfront fish and chips and clam chowder options.
For an amazing carne asada burrito and authentic experience, head to Taco de Mexico (980 Main Street) for lunch. Referred to by locals simply as "Tacos De," this popular spot is easy, fast, and inexpensive, though lines can be out the door around noon.
If you are looking for an escape from the often tourist-filled Embarcadero dining scene, follow Main Street to North Morro Bay. There you will find Lolo's Mexican restaurant (2848 Main Street), a great, family-friendly Mexican eatery with the best chips and salsa around (their salsa is bottled and sold in local grocery stores as well as in the restaurant).
Nearby and usually only open for dinners is the small, quirky, and charming Beach House Bistro (2770 Main St.), with a wide variety of gourmet fare, great specials, and awesome wait service. Perfect for a romantic date after a day of surfing.
For additional waterfront dining, check out the Bayside Cafe (10 State Park Road), located at the local Marina. Offering outside and inside seating and a view of kayakers, this restaurant is great for small family gatherings or long conversations with friends. Try the catch of the day sandwich, which is almost always salmon cooked to perfection.
Morro Bay has a large number of hotels and motels. Add the dates for your stay in The Quick Search box on this page for all the available hotel rooms in Morro Bay.
Best Western Hotels has three terrific hotels in Morro Bay; Save on your hotel and get more out of your vacation.
If you want to take a day trip from your Morro Bay hotel there is plenty of coastline to explore.
Montana de Oro State Park, 3550 Pechco Valley Road, Los Osos (Take Pechco Valley Road to the end), 805- 528-0513. This 8,000 acre park has miles of hiking trails, ocean fishing, a beautiful cove, and 50 primitive camping sites (i.e. vault toilets and water from tanks). Located about 6 mi (9 km) southwest of Morro Bay.
Source Wikitravel 2008