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Morro Bay National Estuary

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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Great for Kayaking and Bird Watching

My best advice is to watch the tide charts and whether forecasts. The ideal is to go on a day when... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Deborah P
Our favorite

We loved it. Lots a sea life and nature. Even the 13 year old loved it. We plan to come back to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
taylorscreed
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
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"sea lions"
in 19 reviews
"great place to view"
in 2 reviews
"an abundance of wildlife"
in 2 reviews
"animal life"
in 3 reviews
"sunrise and sunset"
in 2 reviews
"blue heron"
in 2 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 2 reviews
"marine mammals"
in 2 reviews
"montana de oro state park"
in 2 reviews
"the natural history museum"
in 4 reviews
"spotting scope"
in 2 reviews
"black hill"
in 2 reviews
"golf course"
in 2 reviews
"boardwalk"
in 16 reviews
"tides"
in 12 reviews
"kayak"
in 24 reviews
"egrets"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My best advice is to watch the tide charts and whether forecasts. The ideal is to go on a day when the average tide is high (more access to the back bay) with very little wind when the peak of high tide is around lunch...More

Thank Deborah P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved it. Lots a sea life and nature. Even the 13 year old loved it. We plan to come back to this area for sure. Having not been to California wasn't sure about the weather. Seems August and September and the warmest months.

1  Thank taylorscreed
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Reviewed April 21, 2018

Right at the Embarcadero, a stone's throw from those ugly smoke stacks, we were entertained by a dozen sea otters. They seem to be there all day, but the biggest number were at sunrise and sunset. Mother's with babies.We could watch them fish. Cute.

2  Thank Angeles
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We alked along the embarcadero and we saw sae lions and sea otters! There are also alot of different birds! If you like wid life take a hike in this area!!

Thank DonHalazon
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Although very cold and windy the afternoon of our .7 mile walk on the Estuary boardwalks at Morro Bay, it was a pleasant walk with bird sightings. Informative placards about the birds and ecology of the Bay.

2  Thank Havefundswilltravel
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Reviewed February 23, 2018

Didn't even know how to spell Estuary but now we've seen one and it is a real treat. An odd landscape that makes you wonder if it's ocean or river or swamp or what is going on. Great little winding creek-looking streams feed into Morro...More

Thank SueFromWinnipeg
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Be sure to walk the boardwalk and trail on the "Marina Peninsula ". This is a Morro Bay hidden gem. It is an easy walk with beautiful views of the wetlands and it's wildlife.

Thank Lucretia E
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Reviewed December 16, 2017

Looking for the Black Hill trail, I drove too far south and ended up, quite by chance, stopping to walk the boardwalk at this pleasant and enjoyable area. I ran into a lovely woman and her three happy children and then had a wonderfully congenial...More

Thank L. K
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Water, salt and fresh meet, and voila life thrives. Plants, birds, animals, fish all seem to like the mix. Depending one the time of day with sun and mist shrouding Morro Rock in the background this is is great place to walk with kids or...More

Thank treike
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

There is an abundance of wildlife in the estuary. We saw sea lions, otters and many different types of birds. Great place for bird watching.

Thank Climb14ers
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Benton A
May 5, 2018|
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Response from Lucretia E | Reviewed this property |
If you want to be in downtown Morro Bay the Estero Inn is very nice. For a quite more intimate location with an awesome view of the changing tide try the Back Bay Inn.
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Steve S
September 3, 2016|
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Response from Travelin M | Reviewed this property |
There are birds everywhere but you can walk out on the boat docks, around and on Morro Rock there are lots of gulls and Peregrine Falcons; if you can get on a skiff with Mike at (I forgot the company name - but you can find... More
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