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Morro Bay National Estuary

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Address: South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
Phone Number: 805-442-4467
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los...

California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.

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For bird watching, sea shell collecting or a leisurely stroll or getting in you Exercise.

The Estuary is a wonderful place to stroll or to walk fast. You are in the area where the water in the bay comes in and out with the tides. Its a great place to take pictures... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
wedelbysea
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Cayucos, California
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Cayucos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Estuary is a wonderful place to stroll or to walk fast. You are in the area where the water in the bay comes in and out with the tides. Its a great place to take pictures , bird watch or walk your on leash dog. No bicyling allowed as you may run over some slow moving person or creature.... More 

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Templeton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

Morro Bay Estuary is a beautiful and quiet location that is easily accessed on a short trail and boardwalk - but for an even better experience, rent a kayak and you can go around the harbor a but further and there are is a plethora of bird and marine life. Baby otters floating on their mother's tummies, numerous birds literally... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Loved the short trail and boardwalk near the harbor, take 20 minutes or a couple hours to stroll around the loop and take in the wildlife and tides.

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

If you do nothing else on your trip up route 1 you must visit Morro Bay. Great view of the rock, sea lions, surfing and activities like canoeing and surfing. I wish I had organised accommodation here, as plenty available

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Kingfishers, Egrets, Sandpipers, Great Herons, and too many more to list. There are also deer crossing paths if you are very quiet. The plant life is great. The boats in the marina there cast awesome colors into the water. I was able to take many photos of the reflections from the boats.

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Wonderful stop to kayak and enjoy the flora/fauna and marine life in its natural state. Aside from the estuary there are park amenities to include very clean restrooms, restaurants, ample parking and, of course, kayaking rentals and tours. Check out the tours by Central Coast Outdoors. Great tour guides!

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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

The Bay and Estuary between the shops / restaurants and the beach on the outside of the bay is a great place to watch sea lions and sea otters as well as many birds. Earlier in winter you will see more migrants but even early summer / late spring we saw many birds especially over around Morro Rock. You can... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The “back bay” is home to more than 250 species of land, sea and shore birds, including dozens of endangered species. Great blue herons and snowy egrets pepper the estuary, along with California’s abundant barking sea lions. My personal favorite during the paddle were the large, far-reaching sand dunes—a landscape that dominates the outer edge of the bay and estuary—foreign... More 

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Garden Grove, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Let me start by saying I am not especially fond of birds but I found it fascinating watching them feeding their young, getting materials to build their nests and to see so many varieties getting along so well in such a small area. Their songs were lovely to listen to and I took several pictures of snowy egrets and others.... More 

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Orwell, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We hiked up and overlooked the estuary in Morro Bay. We also drove around it. It is wonderful looking at the water and wildlife.

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