Morro Bay Events include: Chili Cookoff & Beer Fest, Blessing of the Fleet, Cruisin Car Show, Music Festival, Avocado & Margarita Fest
VacationsOverlooking the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1, west of 101 stands a monolithic rock, a state park, a designated natural bird sanctuary and Morro Bay estuary. Located on the shores of the Pacific along scenic Highway 1, Morro Bay was founded by Franklin Riley who built the first wharf and planted the eucalyptus forest to guard against the wind. The State Historic Landmark of Morro Rock, which towers 576 feet at the entrance to the harbor, was named by Juan Cabrillo during his voyage of discovery along the California coast in 1542.
Chumash Indians who were recognized as early settlers to the region continue to live and prosper in the region. Photographer Ernest Zarate shared this information: "I am a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, and my mother is an elder in the tribe....she lives in Morro Bay." A tribute to the Chumash can be seen in a display at the the Natural History Museum which includes several examples of the fine basket work produced by Chumash people.
Morro Bay Harbor is home to one of California's largest and most productive commercial fishing fleets and provides area restaurants and fish markets with the freshest of seafood. The commercial fishing industry is at the heart of Morro Bay culture and a fall festival celebrates the town's rich heritage as a working waterfront. You can purchase some of the local bounties at a weekly Morro Bay Farmers' Market held Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
Home to one of California's largest and most productive commercial fishing fleets, boating activities for visitors are numerous with choice such as kayak rental, harbor cruises and fishing excursions.
Shops, restaurants and hotels along the coastline and within several blocks of the primary streets, Embarcadero which runs along the water front and Main which is perpendicular to the coast, include art galleries, tourist gift shops, surf and sport and dozens of restaurants.
Morro Bay State Park on the Morro shore looks out to sand dunes along the ocean. The park includes an 18-hole golf course, marina, restaurant, campground and picnic area. Within the Park are the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve, Morro Rock Natural Preserve and Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History.
Amongst its many activities and organizations are Morro Bay Yacht Club located at 541 Embarcadero and a public outdoor skate park, near Morro Rock. Morro Bay is also a bird sanctuary with more than two dozen endangered species, including brant, brown pelican, black rail, peregrine falcon and snowy plover. The last estuary of its kind between Mexico and Northern California, Morro Bay is a major stop of the Pacific flyway. More than 70 migratory bird species make their winter home here.
Morro Bay State Park on the Morro shore looks out to sand dunes along the ocean. The park includes an 18-hole golf course, marina, restaurant, campground and picnic area. Within the Park are the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve, Morro Rock Natural Preserve and Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History.Morro Bay SP Campground Map Open all year round - San Luis Obispo Coast Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population.