Morro Rock, Morro Bay

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#1 of 17 in Nature in San Luis Obispo County
Known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific, Morro Rock is one of California's most recognizable geological phenomenon. More than 23 million years old, the rock is a remnant of long-gone volcanic activity. Spanish explorers of the Pacific coast came across the rock, and mariners used it as a navigation point for centuries. Peregrine falcons and other bird species breed here, and sea otters frequent the spot. Climbing the rock is forbidden to anyone except the members of local Salinan and Chumash tribes, who consider the rock as a sacred site. A causeway connects the rock with the nearby beach. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Morro Rock by using our Morro Bay travel route site .
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  • Morro bay has a lot to attract visitors - the views, restaurants, sunsets, the Pacific, beaches, museums, Morro Rock, and more. The town is a shoppers paradise. The restaurants are extremely varied in...  more »
  • We thought this giant rock was kind of odd. It just pokes up right out of the sea!! ha ha ... The little "Front Street" was nice for a stroll. It was fun to watch the fishing boats go out for their mo...  more »
  • My family and I did the Highway#1 Roadtrip from SF to LA. We stopped at El Morro just to see the sunset and it was more than beautiful! Definitely worth it to stop by before the sun goes down.  more »
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  • This is a great place to park and spend a day at the beach. People flock to The Rock from points near and far, often to escape oppressive heat. It has public bathrooms, and an outdoor shower - cold water only - to rinse off the beach sand. Morro Rock is also a popular spot for surfing, which can be very entertaining just to watch. And from what I've seen, Morro Bay Police Department does a great job of simply letting people be people. I've not seen them be intrusive or overly controlling to anyone. And, on busy days with moderate to high usage, there are often Life Guards on duty. This is very fortunate, as the Rip Currents surfers use to get back out into the waves, can also pull the inattentive out into deep water. This is a great place to spend the day outside, and it doesn't get any prettier.
  • My absolute favorite destination point! One side has tide pools and calm water and the other has the typical ocean. There's also so much wildlife to behold including otters and friendly squirrels.
  • I went their when the weather was cooling down last year. It was great before u get to the rock there was people bbqing and everyone thier was chill had a good time. I absolutely love all the shops and docks along the bay
  • Surprised by the size. Was hoping you could climb it, but nope. Cool place to see.
  • My friends and I have taken random trips to the coast and Morro Bay is the perfect place to wake up at. Take a hike, have some beers, catch some waves and enjoy the moment.
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