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Get On The Water!
08/15/2017

Get On The Water!

It’s a no-brainer that you want to go kayaking or paddle boarding when you visit Morro Bay. But, like most of us, you may not be an expert. Here are some tips to help you get your feet wet:

  • Bring binoculars.

    There is much to see when you’re out on the water. Aside from the picturesque views of Morro Rock and the harbor, there’s active marine life that live in and around the bay.

    Our bay is home to harbor seals, sea otters and the occasional dolphin. You’ll likely notice many of our marine mammals on your adventure, especially if you paddle by our floating dock in the middle of the bay. Harbor seals enjoy gathering there and sunbathing throughout the day.

    If you’re paddling toward Morro Rock, be sure to keep your eyes open as this is a common gathering spot for sea otters.

    These animals are naturally peaceful and will keep their distance. A good rule of thumb is to stay far enough away that the animals don’t notice your presence. Bring your binoculars for a better view.

  • High tides make for easy paddling.

    Although the bay is gorgeous at all hours, there are times that are easier than others to navigate the waters. Use the tides to your advantage, said Dennis Krueger, manager of Kayak Horizons. The higher the tide, the further you can paddle into the estuary.

    Certain times of day also have better weather conditions. Mid-morning is the best time to go, said John Flaherty, tour guide and owner of Central Coast Outdoors. The wind tends to pick up come afternoon.

            Our coastal sunshine comes around almost every day, however some winter breezes can be cold on the bay. Be sure to take a jacket with you just in
            case. 

  • Maximize your experience with a guide.

            It’s possible to have a more-than successful solo trip, but taking a guide along will help you navigate through the bay. A guide can help you:

  1. Locate bird species, marine mammals and more. Guides know our local critters’ hang out spots. They can also help name species and give you more information about them.
  2. Find the best views and coolest spots. First time kayakers may not know their way around the bay. A guide will help you find the locations that you won’t want to miss.
  3. Avoid tricky situations. Lower tides are sometimes difficult to navigate. Our guides know the best way to pilot through tougher waters. 
 
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Best Seat on Earth for this Solar Eclipse!
08/08/2017

Best Seat on Earth for this Solar Eclipse!

Speaking from experience, there’s no better spot to watch the solar eclipse than on the quiet shoreline in Morro Bay. Free from the interference of tall city buildings, the calm coast holds the best stage for the moon’s rare performance. This is truly a photographer’s and sight-seer’s delight.
Plan on being here Monday, August 21st to readily welcome the eclipse at 10:16am PST. At this time, the moon will engulf 66.7% of the sun, then slowly return to its original location by 11:40am. Expect to feel temperatures drop and our shorebirds singing their nighttime songs!
Waking up early on a Monday will be worth it – grab your coffee to-go and head to one of these vantage points for the show of a lifetime:

· Panoramic Black Hill:

Just up the driveway of the Morro Bay Golf Course is the entryway to Black Hill trail. Don’t be alarmed – this short hike is perfect for all ages and abilities to enjoy. The top of the trail is worth every step, with a 360-degree view of Estero Bay including Los Osos, Baywood, Morro Bay and some of Cayucos. You will be the closest person to the eclipse in Morro Bay (with the very best view!). Many of our native birds will be close by to join you.

· Kayak to the Sandspit:
Perfect for the adventurous souls, the trek to the sandspit is unreachable by foot. Rent a kayak and paddle out to the sand spit for the morning. Hardly touched by human, the sand spit makes for a day of exploration and fun. Don’t be surprised leave with a kayak filled with gorgeous shells, flowers and stones from your visit. And, as the farthest location from town, your solar eclipse experience will show drastic lighting and temperature changes. Be prepared for a memorable escapade!

· Beach Brunch Picnic:
Find fun family time eating brunch the Morro Bay way. Pack your breakfast in a picnic basket and head to Morro Strand Beach for a meal with a view. This is the perfect time to play on the beach with lower tides and few beach-goers. With Morro Rock as a backdrop, your eclipse pictures will be beyond Instagram-worthy!
Don’t feel like cooking? You’re lucky Morro Bay has several delicious bakeries to grab some breakfast at. Follow the smell of fresh warm bread, or click HERE to check out some of the best.

SAFETY: Remember, the only safe way to view a solar eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters or eclipse glasses. It is unsafe to view the eclipse from dark sunglasses, camera lenses, binoculars or a telescope. For more information about solar eclipse safety, click HERE.



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Avo-Mazing Weekend Getaway
08/01/2017

Avo-Mazing Weekend Getaway

Imagine: perfect 70 degree weather, crisp ocean breezes, fresh homemade guacamole, salty margaritas, and your best friends all in one weekend. The perfection can be found during Morro Bay’s weekend dedicated to avocados, great food, and tasty margaritas during September 8th through 10th. Plan your next vacation to come savor some of the freshest food and premium drinks you’ll ever experience.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH: TASTE OF THE GROVE

Whether you’re into creamy, crunchy, chewy or cheesy, this newest exclusive foodie will expand your palette and finally satisfy your avocado craving. Join in on an intimate evening of gourmet food, local wine, brews and company to kick-start your weekend getaway at Taste of the Grove. You’ll venture on over to The Packing Shed, Morro Bay’s Avocado Farm just minutes away from the waterfront and your hotel. There, you will enjoy an all-inclusive avo-centric event, including food demos, educational opportunities, and dozens of farm-to-table dishes and refreshments. The rustic grove is a perfect backdrop for a Morro Bay sunset and incredible evening out. Your admission ticket also gets you into the Avocado and Margarita Festival for FREE. Click HERE to reserve your ticket.  

Be sure to check out some our local favorites in attendance: Divine Street Catering, Fig Good FoodFlora and FaunaOlea Farm, Trumpet Vine CateringThomas Hill OrganicsMorro Bay Oyster Company pairing with ArtisanThe Inn at Morro Bay’s 60 State Park Restaurant and more!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH: AVOCADO AND MARGARITA FESTIVAL

Savor and sample the sweet and salty goodness at Morro Bay’s annual Avocado and Margarita Festival. Come take your avocado game to a whole new level with a plethora of avocado-themed dishes that will quench your avo-appetite. And, of course, wash it all down with many choices of specialty margaritas, like the famous original lime margarita, jalapeno margarita, or our bold blood orange margarita. You’ll love customizing your own red beer at our “Michelada Bar,” with a variety of mixes, brews, and toppers to jump-start your afternoon of laughs, dancing, food and fun! Click HERE to purchase your ticket to the festival.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FESTIVAL CLICK HERE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH: LAZY SUNDAY BRUNCH / HAIR OF THE DOG DAY

Unless you were the DD (or didn’t party hard enough!), you and many others will likely be celebrating Hair of the Dog Day – an unofficial Morro Bay holiday that ensues the Avocado and Margarita Festival. Typically, we spend this holiday away from work to enjoy a late-morning breakfast and mimosa at one of our delicious breakfast cafes. From country fried steaks to eggs benedicts and amazing vegan pancakes, there’s a pick-me-up for all hangovers in Morro Bay’s cafes. Don’t forget to grab some fresh air – Morro Rock’s harbor walkway is a perfect morning stroll to wake you up, located across the street from the smoke stacks. No need to dress up – put on your dark sunglasses and find one of the amazing breakfast joints only steps from your hotel. For a list of Morro Bay restaurants, click HERE.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR STAY.


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Meet the Locals: Whales, Dolphins, Otters & more...
07/17/2017

Meet the Locals: Whales, Dolphins, Otters & more...

Morro Bay is lucky enough to host the largest animals on earth year-round. Impossible to be kept in captivity, the only way to see the majestic creatures is to venture around their natural habitat. These massive migrators are a treasure to behold.

There are two different whale species that are abundant in Morro Bay. Magnificent humpback whales are seen outside of Estero Bay in April through October. And, in October through April, gray whales come to our waters. Aside from these visitors, it’s also common to see dolphins, seals, otters, and the occasional orca whale.

The city has several great locations to watch for the whales. One option is to hop on-board of a whale watching charter. This is the best way to get an up-close look at the whales and capture once-in-a-lifetime pictures. Aside from taking a boat, there are also several vantage points from shore. Here are some of the best:

  1. North Point: Located at the end of Toro Lane in North Morro Bay is the locals’ favorite viewing spot. This area is situated on bluffs over Morro Stand Beach with benches for viewing. Bring your sack lunch and come catch a glimpse of the hundreds of whales that travel through.

  2. Morro Strand Beach: From Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier lies Morro Strand Beach; a gorgeous stretch of uncombed beach sprinkled with sand dollars. This is a great location to watch for breaching and water spouts. Climb on the sand dunes for a better view.

  3. Estero Bay: The bay is home to much marine life beyond whales. It’s common to spot harbor seals, herons, falcons and sea otters all in one day’s visit. Take a stroll on the harbor walk across from the smokestacks to see the otters’ favorite hang-out spot. They’re likely swimming along the water’s edge.


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Record Numbers of Adorable Sea Otters Delight Morro Bay Visitors this Spring
03/23/2017

Record Numbers of Adorable Sea Otters Delight Morro Bay Visitors this Spring

Morro Bay, CA, March 28, 2017 – There’s an abundance of pure unadulterated cuteness going on from the recent increase in California Sea Otter families living in Morro Bay. Mommas and babies are everywhere eating and grooming each other as if no one is watching. But we are and we can’t look away - they are so dang cute!
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Save When you Surf, Sail, Kayak, Paddleboard, Golf and Surrey this Spring in Morro Bay, CA
02/21/2017

Save When you Surf, Sail, Kayak, Paddleboard, Golf and Surrey this Spring in Morro Bay, CA

Morro Bay, CA, February 21, 2017 – Take a deep breath in the great outdoors and save this spring on al fresco adventure when you stay in a Morro Bay hotel, motel or inn. In March and April the weather is warm and the water is abundant, perfect for families and spring breakers to dive into epic adventure for less. Check into a Morro Bay hotel and receive a passport worth $130 in savings on activity rentals and tours including boogie boards, surf boards, kayaks and tours, paddleboards, sailing tours, golf and surreys. And, these spring lodging specials offer even more in savings.
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Morro Bay is for Lovebirds Keen on Savings this February
01/23/2017

Morro Bay is for Lovebirds Keen on Savings this February

Romance is in abundance all year long in Morro Bay, but with Valentine's Day and President’s Day three-day weekend right around the corner, the season of love is front and center. So naturally, it’s time to plan your romantic getaway, and if you want to save a few clams, Morro Bay is the paradise for lovebirds trying to do just that. There’s plenty of romance, adventure, culture and gastronomies to fall in love with in this quaint seaside village located on Highway 1 along the Coast in San Luis Obispo County, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and this February it’s more affordable to get away.
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Winter is For the Birds: Calling all Bird Lovers and Lovebirds to Morro Bay, CA
12/21/2016

Winter is For the Birds: Calling all Bird Lovers and Lovebirds to Morro Bay, CA

Morro Bay, CA, December 22, 2016 – Winter is the perfect time to visit Morro Bay, CA and enjoy the fantastic coastal destination with sunny days perfect for lovebirds, with romantic hikes and cozy nights by the fire, and bird watching considering the quaint town is located along of the Pacific Flyway. In fact, winter is birding season and the Morro Bay National Estuary Preserve and its 800-acre wetland are home more than 250 species of land, sea, and shore birds, both migratory and resident and dozens of endangered species including Peregrine Falcons. Lovebirds flock to Morro Bay in the winter to enjoy the romantic sunsets, restaurants and cozy hotel rooms, so book your romantic getaway today! Find a plethora of bird watching and love bird lodging specials throughout January and February here, including offers to stay two nights and get third night half-off! Plus, every hotel guest in Jan/Feb will receive our Food & Wine Passport with over $90 in food offers.
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Kid’s PASSPORT of goodies!
10/30/2016

Kid’s PASSPORT of goodies!

Kid’s PASSPORT of goodies! Stay in Morro Bay for Two Nights this November or December and Kids get FREE Stuff! Free Whale Watching, Kite, Museums, Clam Chowder, Stickers, Hats, Taffy and more! Morro Bay, CA, November 1, 2016 – Is your family FREE this November or December? Stay in Morro Bay, CA lodging properties for two nights and kids get all kinds of free stuff! Entrance to 3 museums is FREE including the Museum of Natural History, the Skateboard Museum and the Estuary Nature Center! Free cup of clam chowder, kites and more! Not to mention all the other fun FREE stuff there is to do like tide pooling, hiking and beach combing for sand dollars. Morro Bay is perfect for family reunions and holiday get-togethers and offers abundant lodging choices, amazing local seafood, great family restaurants, activities like kayaking and whale watching as well as shopping and wine tasting!
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Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week this September in Morro Bay – Cuteness is Everywhere!
08/24/2016

Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week this September in Morro Bay – Cuteness is Everywhere!

Morro Bay, CA, August 25, 2016 – There’s a lot of pure unadulterated cuteness going on in Morro Bay and they are called Sea Otters! What better time to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures in their natural habitat than this September in the quaint town of Morro Bay as they celebrate the 14th Annual National Sea Otter Awareness Week, September 18-24, 2016. Otters are everywhere and easy to find and close enough for a good look, just plop down a beach chair along the Morro Bay Harbor Walk that runs along Coleman Drive and start watching. This location is also a great viewing place from your vehicle as well. If there isn’t a family of them hanging out already, they will soon appear. Target Rock area located on the southeast side of Morro Rock is probably the best landmark to work from according to Eric Endersby, the Morro Bay Harbor Director. Mother’s or Coleman beach is another great location at the intersection of Embarcadero and Coleman Drive.
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