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Morro Bay National Estuary

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Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Kayaking nice, but read up before so you know what to do in case you get a young person who does... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
kayak, paddleboards, canoes, good eats and lots of parking

I have been coming to this area for decades. Near the State Park..kayak and light watercraft... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Liza W
San Luis Obispo, California
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.
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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Kayaking nice, but read up before so you know what to do in case you get a young person who does not show u the ropes

Thank E-LanUSA
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been coming to this area for decades. Near the State Park..kayak and light watercraft rentals. Bay Side cafe is a great place to eat. Outdoor and indoor seating. Worth the wait. I almost always get the fish tacos. Two are a filling meal,...More

Thank Liza W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely atmosphere along the estuary, embarcadero and beach area. Lot of pelicans, seals and otters. Can kayak and take small boat rides.

Thank travelgal54
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you own a kayak then this is the place. If you have kids who want to explore then this is the place. If you want to learn about this particular environment/habitat, then this is the place. Interactive museum across from the State Park campground...More

Thank Raq S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We very much enjoyed the Morro Bay estuaries. The Otters are a real treat and they are pretty easy to find.

Thank petraso1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the estuary. Especially being able to watch as the tides rise and sink through out the day. There are many places where you can walk around parts of it, or you can rent a boat and cruise through it. It is a great...More

2  Thank CentralCoastWine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have done many things in Morro Bay itself and it’s an awesome place to see sea lions, Sea otters, Harbor seals, and many birds. Take a Harbor cruise or go kayaking or paddle boarding. However we just discovered that there is an office/museum that...More

1  Thank Travelin M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see if you’re in the neighborhood. We were there early in the day and bits of fog still clung to the water. The sea lions weren’t seen, but could be heard in the distance. Other than them, everything was quiet. The...More

1  Thank thewinsomewench
Reviewed June 14, 2018

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

1  Thank Deborah P
Reviewed May 29, 2018

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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Benton A
May 5, 2018|
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.
Steve S
September 3, 2016|
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