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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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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
23rlw
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Ridgecrest, California
Motto Bay a must

If you do nothing else on your trip up route 1 you must visit Morro Bay. Great view of the rock... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2016
Neville W
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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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%
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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
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"sea lions"
in 21 reviews
"great place to view"
in 2 reviews
"an abundance of wildlife"
in 2 reviews
"animal life"
in 3 reviews
"blue heron"
in 3 reviews
"sunrise and sunset"
in 2 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 2 reviews
"marine mammals"
in 2 reviews
"montana de oro state park"
in 2 reviews
"the natural history museum"
in 4 reviews
"spotting scope"
in 2 reviews
"black hill"
in 2 reviews
"golf course"
in 2 reviews
"boardwalk"
in 16 reviews
"tides"
in 13 reviews
"kayak"
in 27 reviews
"egrets"
in 10 reviews
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 11 February 2016

This is wonderful place to spend an afternoon watching birds. The variety is amazing. Right down the road from the Morro Bay State Park. Easy parking and walking about. Bring binoculars.

Thank CWS55
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Benton A
5 May 2018|
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Response from Lucretia E | Reviewed this property |
If you want to be in downtown Morro Bay the Estero Inn is very nice. For a quite more intimate location with an awesome view of the changing tide try the Back Bay Inn.
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caretrek3
9 March 2018|
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Response from SheryllM_12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes !!
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Steve S
3 September 2016|
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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
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