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What to Do During a Trip to Morro Bay, California

by Holly Riddle

Apr 17, 2024

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Destinations / North America

No, it’s not Monterey Bay. We’re talking Morro Bay, California, located about a 2.5-hour drive to the south, about halfway between San Jose and Los Angeles. A quieter destination, Morro Bay offers plenty for the outdoor adventurer to enjoy.



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Visit Morro Bay National Estuary Preserve

First, check out the 250-plus bird species, including many endangered, at this preserve. A kayak can help you get up close and personal.



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Hit the Trails

Hiking and mountain biking will fill your days. You have plenty of options, including at Morro Bay State Park, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve and Morro Dune Ecological Reserve. Black Hill Trail is also a popular pick. Just be sure to check park and venue regulations before busting out the mountain bike; some areas are more suitable for exploring on foot.


Take a Whale-Watching Tour

If you’d rather see the sights from the water, take a guided whale-watching tour from one of the local providers to spot gray whales, humpbacks and orcas, depending on the time of year.


Morro Bay

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Traverse the Sand Dunes

Go off-roading at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. Managed by California State Parks, this ultra-unique spot offers plenty of opportunities for ATV adventures, as well as camping, swimming, hiking and fishing.


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