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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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Outdoor paradise

We've just taken a kayak and paddled amongst pelicans and other bird life, sea lions and sea... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2015
San Francisco, California
Walking on the boardwalks was a quick and easy way to see the estuary

We walked along the new boardwalks to do a quick and easy tour of the estuary from the marina... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2015
Newhall, California
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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
+1 805-442-4467
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

We've just taken a kayak and paddled amongst pelicans and other bird life, sea lions and sea otters. All for $20. The estuary is a beautiful place with such abundant wildlife. Sit in one of the many harbour front restaurants and watch the sleeping sea...More

Thank girlsroadtrip2015
Reviewed 28 August 2015

We walked along the new boardwalks to do a quick and easy tour of the estuary from the marina parking lot in the State Park. However, I would recommend renting a canoe or kayak to really see it up close. You also need binoculars and...More

Thank JoanJ77
Reviewed 27 August 2015

We have come here several times and rented a canoe to explore the estuary. Wildlife and birds vary by season, so anytime is good to go. Canoes and kayaks can be rented right at the estuary. You need to plan your trip by the tides...More

Thank CaseyCat1204
Reviewed 22 August 2015

Tranquil and harmonious! Excellent birding and cloud gazing! If you are lucky enough to come at low tide, the shorebirds excavating the plethora of crabs and insects are better than any TV or movie. My idea of heaven! But bring a jacket, it can get...More

Thank amyredfeather
Reviewed 20 August 2015

You can see the bay area several ways - kayak, sailing, stand-up board, harbor tour. Harbor tours are $10, but for $75 you can rent an entire electric powered boat and captain it for a large family or several friends you grab off the dock....More

1  Thank Xybek
Reviewed 13 August 2015

The annual Bird Festival is in January and it is well worth attending! The estuary is generally packed with many bird species and weather is normally mild.

Thank djcoviello
Reviewed 6 August 2015

If you like nature and history, you'll like this Estuary. But, a casual visit won't be of much value. We took a canoe trip across the estuary with a naturalist (college instructor, biology I think). He knew the history of the area and the animal...More

2  Thank Rolfer
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Picturesque drive and views around the estuary. Saw many egrets. Quiet and pleasant. Take the drive around all of it.

1  Thank Gerrie714
Reviewed 31 July 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit and simply take in the simplicity of wildlife. May I suggest camping at the state park, eating at Bayside Cafe, and renting kayaks for a morning boat ride through the bay? It's lovely. Photographers will be in heaven...More

1  Thank tumbleweed_travels
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Very accessible to those who are not brave enough to go out into the ocean. Full of life, peaceful quietness, and adventure. We saw so many creatures it was surreal. Just leave a small footprint to keep it special!

Thank Jody E
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3 September 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
22 February 2015|
Response from journeysofdiscovery | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are benches all around the waterfront, but not that many along the trails themselves. The boardwalk that skirts along the back bay estuary across from the State Park has benches every quarter mile or so. Does this... More