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The seaside city of Morro Bay in Central California is a small cozy settlement with plenty of marine-centered activities to educate and delight the entire family and fun shops and restaurants to enjoy with your companion. Reside in a private home near downtown or the golf course, or a condo near the beach with a clear view of the mysterious Morro Rock. Cottages in the nearby mountains are delightful environments for bird watching. Experience mysterious misty mornings and glorious sunsets in a townhome or apartment, and there's even a boat for residing, so follow your heart to Morro Bay and let the fun begin.
Morro Rock is the bay's most striking feature. Standing 581-feet high, this surreal volcanic plug stands at the entrance to the harbor inviting tourists to come and explore its base. Climbing is prohibited without special permit because Morro Rock is a resting ground for otters and a peregrine falcon reserve. Members of the Chumash and Salinan tribes are permitted to climb Morro Rock and conduct annual ceremonies that have been performed for thousands of years at this sacred site.
Morro Bay State Park, encompasses the Morro Bay Lagoon, where saltwater marshes support a variety of bird populations and interesting strains of fish and crustaceans. Two of the Nine Sisters coastal chain of volcanic peaks are also on-site. You can hike the Black Hill Trail, sail, fish, and watch for unique birds, and the park's Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History has exhibitions about Morro Bay's geology, oceanography, ancient native Chumash Indian life, and their cultural history. The park also has a public golf course and a marina.
The Morro Bay Golf Course is a fun course with stunning views of the bay. Beginners and advanced golfers can count on having a wonderful time on the sprawling greens.
Morro Bay has a classification of Mediterranean climate, but you'll experience cooler, more moderate temperatures year round in this city. Summer highs in July and August range from 68 to 69 degrees in the day and 61 to 62 degrees at night, and December and January sees temperatures ranging from 64 to 65 degrees in the day and nighttime lows of about 54 degrees. This region is subject to dense fog in the mornings and at night.
Morro Bay is located on California's coastal route 101 and easily reached by car, so if you're longing for a road trip, this as a divine destination. Those traveling from afar arrive at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport and rent a vehicle to complete their journey. Morro Bay is about 85 miles from the airport, so you can estimate approximately one to two hours of cautious coastal driving to reach this lovely city.