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Morro Strand State Beach

Bring your kids to play on the swing set and marvel at the seals that gather on this scenic expanse of sand.

Morro Strand State Beach is a stunning coastal bay that is popular among wind surfers and joggers. As part of California’s state park system, it is protected and clean, with trails and picnic sites that overlook Estero Bay. Fly a kite with your kids over this picturesque beach.

Enjoy the tranquil ambiance on this secluded stretch of sand, which takes you away from the buzz of city life. Watch pelicans hunt for fish, while seals flop on the sand. Go kite surfing on the choppy waves; the area is fairly windy year-round. The water is quite cold, a welcome relief during hot Southern Californian summers.

Choose from the available tables or lay down a blanket to enjoy a picnic with a view of the ocean. See fishermen waiting patiently for their catches or purchase a license and bring gear to fish for surf perch.

Stroll along the entire 3-mile (5-kilometer) beach in search of shells and pebbles. Clamber over sand dunes and let your kids slide down them on a body board. At the southern end of the beach is the dramatic Morro Rock, a 581-foot (177-meter) high volcanic plug. Stay at the beach into the evening and watch the sun descend and the sky darken behind the rock.

Visit the area surrounding the base of the impressive rock formation and gaze up at the gulls and falcons that nest here. Note, however, that climbing the rock and disturbing the birds are acts forbidden by law.

With its playground and bathroom facilities, the beach is ideal for families. Stay overnight with your children and friends in the campground. Consider bringing extra layers, as the weather is changeable.

Morro Strand State Beach is 3 miles (5 kilometers) north along the coast from central Morro Bay. Pass the Dynegy Power Plant and the Morro Bay High School on the way here. Ride an old-fashioned trolley with hourly departures to the beach.


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Harbor House Inn Morro Bay £52
Harbor House Inn Morro Bay

Harbor House Inn Morro Bay

1095 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

    Rockview Inn and Suites £49
    Rockview Inn and Suites

    Rockview Inn and Suites

    1080 Market Ave, Morro Bay, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Morro Bay, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

      Holland Inn & Suites £43
      Holland Inn & Suites

      Holland Inn & Suites

      2630 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Morro Strand State Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Morro Rock. Estero Bay and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Motel 6 Morro Bay £41
        Motel 6 Morro Bay

        Motel 6 Morro Bay

        298 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay, CA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Strand State Beach and Morro Rock. Estero Bay and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Masterpiece Hotel £57
          Masterpiece Hotel

          Masterpiece Hotel

          1206 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Morro Bay, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

            Morro Shores Inn And Suites £55
            Morro Shores Inn And Suites

            Morro Shores Inn And Suites

            290 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Strand State Beach and Morro Rock. Estero Bay and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              La Serena Inn £48
              La Serena Inn

              La Serena Inn

              990 Morro Avenue, Morro Bay, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Morro Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

                Blue Sail Inn £79
                Blue Sail Inn

                Blue Sail Inn

                851 Market Ave., Morro Bay, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.