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Must see landmark if the fog cooperates

Always fun to see this iconic landmark. If you get a sunny day, it's so pretty. We saw fisherman... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Naomi W
Fabulous visit and view!

What a great way to spend a few hours! The weather can be iffy in Morro Bay, sometimes foggy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Home to flocks of Peregrine falcons, egrets and blue herons, the 50-acre Morro Rock is the last in a chain of extinct volcanoes.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always fun to see this iconic landmark. If you get a sunny day, it's so pretty. We saw fisherman, tourists rowing, 2 otters with a baby, a seal, and lots of birds.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Naomi W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great way to spend a few hours! The weather can be iffy in Morro Bay, sometimes foggy, sometimes windy, but a trip to to see Morro Rock is always work the effort. Although my husband and I live only 25 miles from Morro...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jaynedeva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You have kiwi birds walking around. Otters swimming around. The brach is huge. You can spend hours sitting at the beach enjoying yourself. Close by is a nice fresh fish place if you are hungry.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vedia85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonder of nature. A beautiful place to build a town around. Magnificant Landmark. Took many photos Totally merzerizing --just loved it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank skinnygirl140
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our son's high school graduation trip was a road trip from San Diego up the California coast. The view did not disappoint

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mauijeanne
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Always a nice walk about and good location for an otter sighting (or two or three!). Easy drive to the parking lot... trail is accessible. nice run/walk as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

Plenty of free parking along the waterfront & a couple of good little park areas to walk around, take pictures, & enjoy some wildlife. We saw a lot of Sea Otters when we stopped here for a break from the highway travel, super nice. Great...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rich807
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful, peaceful place, stayed at Local hotel, lots of charm and cool little shops. Found a bead shop and a shell shop with lots and lots of goodies.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Angela L
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Such an amazing place to walk around and explore! The beach is beautiful and there’s plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. I especially loved all the sea otters!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fieldtravels
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Such a beautiful place to see. Definitely a site to see if you are in the area. There are many otters in the area. And beware of the squirrels! They come up to you needing food!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jonathan P
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tmathews1968
September 14, 2018|
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Response from JavisQDunkirk | Reviewed this property |
From Big Sur, it will be before San Luis Obispo. You can't miss it driving down Highway 1.
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tmathews1968
September 14, 2018|
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Response from ronmiller0032 | Reviewed this property |
Morro Bay is before San Luis Obispo, about 13 miles before
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bobbybrandsma
September 11, 2018|
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Response from bullygrrl | Reviewed this property |
No climbing is allowed. You can pretty much walk right up to it. You can also enjoy some very nice tide pools at its base.
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SGF
USA
Need help planning our drive...San Luis Obispo to Monterey (2 Replies)
We are originally starting out in San Diego but driving the main hwy 101 to Santa Barbara for a lunch break and to walk around a little then heading to our first overnight in San Luis Obispo. The first day we plan to take the main hwy and not the slower coastal one as we were told most of the better scenery is further up after SLO. Where we need some help is in planning our second day. We are thinking of leaving SLO by around 7:30am and driving to Monterey but we want to stop off at some...More
March 25, 2011|
Response fromKibbles16|
Hi SGF You should be able to do most everything on your list and still have some time for the Monterey/Carmel area, especially since you'll be leaving SLO early in the day. Yes, you can see Morro Rock as you drive through Morro Bay. Stopping isn't necessary. I would probably skip Cambria altogether in favor of time in Carmel & Monterey, which has more to offer. The drive through the Cambria area is lovely with tall pines trees along both sides of the highway for a stretch before...More
John F
London, United Kingdom
Tour of California cycle race, Big Sur traffic problems? (3 Replies)
Hi We are driving from San Diego to San Francisco in May and have just noticed that part of our journey coincides with the Amgen Tour of California bike race. It should not affect our trip much in San Diego and LA but one of the stages starts on 18 May from Morro Rock, through the Pacific Coast Highway to the Monterey area. We had planned to leave Cambria that morning, taking our time to stop off at the sights before reaching Pacific Grove to stay overnight. Does anybody know how much...More
February 23, 2016|
Response frombelomiser|
duplicate post Please delete OP by using the link in the post called Report ... and then delete my post
Samantha H
Best Beach for Swimming and Morro Rock Views (8 Replies)
I will be in the Morro Bay area mid-August and am looking for the best beach in the area for hopefully some swimming/laying out (and/or hiking as a back-up, if there are really no swimming beaches in the area), as well as great views of Morro Rock so I can snap a few pictures. I know there are several beaches/parks in the area, so any help would be appreciated!
June 10, 2017|
Response fromTomMalley|
There are always kids splashing around on the beach just north of the rock, but it's not really "swimming", there's a lot of seaweed and gunk as you get out to swimming depth. Avila Beach about 15-20 mins south of Morro Bay is a little better. The water is cold though, until you get about 1.5 hours south in Santa Barbara where it warms up slightly and you'll see more swimmers.