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Morro Strand State Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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The Landing at Morro Bay
The Landing at Morro Bay
2 out of 5
780 Market Ave, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated near the bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Giant Chessboard and Morro Bay State Park. Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Dunes Natural ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (509 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and welcoming during our stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

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456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites
456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
456 Embarcadero Blvd, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $109 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Dunes Natural Preserve and Morro Bay State Park. Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Montana ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)

"Very nice hotel, parking garage a bit tight for a crew cab pick up truck. Room was very nice, but took a while to warm up on a cold night. Bedding and mattress were very good."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites
La Serena Inn
La Serena Inn
2.5 out of 5
990 Morro Avenue, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $79 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in Morro Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Giant Chessboard and Morro Bay State Park. Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock Beach are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"I like the closeness to everything, walking distance to the Bay and only about a few minutes to the beach. The staff has excellent customer service."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

La Serena Inn
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The Landing at Morro Bay
The Landing at Morro Bay
2 out of 5
780 Market Ave, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites
456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
456 Embarcadero Blvd, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $109 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
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La Serena Inn
La Serena Inn
2.5 out of 5
990 Morro Avenue, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $79 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Motel 6 Morro Bay, CA
Motel 6 Morro Bay, CA
2 out of 5
298 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $46 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
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Morro Shores Inn And Suites
Morro Shores Inn And Suites
2.5 out of 5
290 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $62 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
Morro Shores Inn And Suites
Holland Inn & Suites
Holland Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2630 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
The price is $49 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Blue Sail Inn
Blue Sail Inn
2.5 out of 5
851 Market Ave., Morro Bay, CA
The price is $96 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Charming Morro Bay Bungalow - 2 Br Home
Charming Morro Bay Bungalow - 2 Br Home
3.5 out of 5
180 Verdon St, Morro Bay, CA
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Charming Beachside Bungalow w/ Light & Airy Décor -- 300 Yards to Beach
Charming Beachside Bungalow w/ Light & Airy Décor -- 300 Yards to Beach
Morro Bay, CA
Charming Beachside Bungalow w/ Light & Airy Décor -- 300 Yards to Beach
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