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Morro Bay National Estuary

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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Rent a Kayak to Best See the Estuary!

Morro Bay Estuary is a beautiful and quiet location that is easily accessed on a short trail and... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2016
Paulette S
Templeton, California
Great birding!

Loved the short trail and boardwalk near the harbor, take 20 minutes or a couple hours to stroll... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“loop trail” (2 reviews)
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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

Morro Bay Estuary is a beautiful and quiet location that is easily accessed on a short trail and boardwalk - but for an even better experience, rent a kayak and you can go around the harbor a but further and there are is a plethora...More

Thank Paulette S
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Loved the short trail and boardwalk near the harbor, take 20 minutes or a couple hours to stroll around the loop and take in the wildlife and tides.

Thank 23rlw
Reviewed 8 August 2016

If you do nothing else on your trip up route 1 you must visit Morro Bay. Great view of the rock, sea lions, surfing and activities like canoeing and surfing. I wish I had organised accommodation here, as plenty available

2  Thank Neville W
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Kingfishers, Egrets, Sandpipers, Great Herons, and too many more to list. There are also deer crossing paths if you are very quiet. The plant life is great. The boats in the marina there cast awesome colors into the water. I was able to take many...More

Thank Marisa B
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Wonderful stop to kayak and enjoy the flora/fauna and marine life in its natural state. Aside from the estuary there are park amenities to include very clean restrooms, restaurants, ample parking and, of course, kayaking rentals and tours. Check out the tours by Central Coast...More

Thank Bodie2008
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

The Bay and Estuary between the shops / restaurants and the beach on the outside of the bay is a great place to watch sea lions and sea otters as well as many birds. Earlier in winter you will see more migrants but even early...More

1  Thank Travelin M
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The “back bay” is home to more than 250 species of land, sea and shore birds, including dozens of endangered species. Great blue herons and snowy egrets pepper the estuary, along with California’s abundant barking sea lions. My personal favorite during the paddle were the...More

Thank Joel M
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Let me start by saying I am not especially fond of birds but I found it fascinating watching them feeding their young, getting materials to build their nests and to see so many varieties getting along so well in such a small area. Their songs...More

1  Thank Diane D
Reviewed 21 March 2016

We hiked up and overlooked the estuary in Morro Bay. We also drove around it. It is wonderful looking at the water and wildlife.

1  Thank Ann E
Reviewed 26 February 2016

The early morning hours and the twilight hours have the most spectacular colors in the sky and in the sea.

Thank shelagh461
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Steve S
3 September 2016|
Response from Travelin M | Reviewed this property |
There are birds everywhere but you can walk out on the boat docks, around and on Morro Rock there are lots of gulls and Peregrine Falcons; if you can get on a skiff with Mike at (I forgot the company name - but you can find... More
23 February 2015|
Response from journeysofdiscovery | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are benches all around the waterfront, but not that many along the trails themselves. The boardwalk that skirts along the back bay estuary across from the State Park has benches every quarter mile or so. Does this... More