Facing the great Pacific Ocean, right smack in the middle of San Fran and LA is a popular vacation spot called Morro Bay. Given its charming community, beautiful sceneries, and the tons of fun things to do here, it’s really not surprising the small coastal city welcomes tens of thousands of tourists every year, especially during summertime.
Morro Bay is definitely the ultimate family summer spot as anyone can enjoy hiking, birdwatching, biking, kayaking, surfing, sailing, and fishing around the state parks and bodies of water surrounding the city. The beaches facing the bay and the ocean offer travelers a front-seat view of some of the most amazing sceneries in the Golden State. Aside from the Morro Rock, the gigantic rock formation at the beach, the colorful shops and restaurants along the waterfront, and the sea otters frolicking in the waters add charm to this favorite summer destination.
Morro Bay is also a favorite destination for anglers as the city provides easy access to two of the most fish-abundant bodies of water in the state. Within the bay alone, sportfishing enthusiasts can either cast their lines inshore via piers, jetties, or straight off the beach and land some sought-after targets, including halibut and different types of rockfish and perch. You can also paddle to the deeper parts of the bay or maybe head to hidden coves on a kayak and catch different types of rockfish, including vermillion, copper, blue, china, bocaccio, and lingcod, while getting up close and personal with the otters, sea lions, dolphins, and some occasional whales.
Now, if you’re really looking for a challenge, you might as well charter a fishing boat and head to the deeper parts of the Pacific. This is where you can find and have a go at catching some real rod-benders such as tuna, marlin, swordfish, and even some feisty sharks. The best thing about this is that fishing charters are usually manned by some of the most experienced anglers in the state. This means that not only will you have the chance of catching some real sea monsters, but you can also learn some new tricks to add to your technique repertoire.
If you’re planning a fishing trip in Morro Bay, we highly recommend booking your trip between the months of June and September as this is when most gamefish are actively biting.
Just right in front of the Great American Fish Company by the dock, you’ll get to see some adorable sea otters frolicking in the waves. You can also rent a kayak and get really close to the sea lions and harbor seals either swimming around the harbor or just sunbathing on rocks and anchored boats around the bay. Join a whale-watching expedition to see some of the most majestic creatures up close. If you’re into bird watching, there are plenty of birds to see in and around the harbor including eared grebe, snowy egret, green heron, and even some hummingbirds.
You can surf right next to the Morro Rock—yes, there are a lot of surfers in Morro Bay and you’ll mostly find them there. For a more relaxing way to spend your days in the water, you can rent a paddleboard and paddle your way across the harbor and take in the amazing view all around you. And oh, it’s also not uncommon that you encounter otters, sea lions, and even dolphins while you’re riding the waves or paddling through the waters.
No, really, trust us—hiking the Morro Bay State Park, Morro Strand Trail, and Crespi Trail will definitely be one of the highlights of your Morro Bay trip as you’ll be treated to the best views of the rolling hills as well as the beaches and the harbor.