Morro Rock, Morro Bay

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#1 of 14 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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  • We walked the 1.3 miles from 456 Embarcadero and really enjoyed looking at all the boats and wildlife along the path out to the Morro Rock area. Once there there are lots of benches and lots of open b...  more »
  • Of all the years I have been up and down the coast, I never knew one could walk out around the rock. Although you cannot walk all the way around, you can go out to the breakwall and it was amazing. We...  more »
  • Such a remarkable site, yet so easily destroyed by people whom have no understanding of a sign that says stay away, or do not enter. There were even places where people had engraved their names on the...  more »
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  • Good surf on the north side of the Rock. Easy parking and access to the beach and the dunes. An excellent place for a walk or a walk with the dog. Technically dogs aren't supposed to be off-leash, but if you're down by the water playing, there seems to be no real concern with enforcement. Be aware of the Plover line about 1/2 mile north of the rock. That area marks the beginning of the state park and the rangers are very serious about no dogs, no kites and nobody in the dunes area where birds nest.
  • Morro Rock Beach is one of my favorite hidden Hans in all of California. It's a beat off the main path in central California just south of Cambria and Hearst Castle. That's said Morro Bay and Morro Rock Beach, are definitely not to be missed. Morro Bay is quaint kind and certainly worth spending a day on. Moro Rock Beach is where real Surfers go to surf and you can spend just a good solid hour in solitude watching the waves.
  • Location was simply stunning. A very quiet and quaint town. Plenty of places to eat and shop. The locals there were very friendly and helpful. So far in my adventures to California this has been my favorite For those of you unsure exactly what Morro Bay is....a huge volcanic rock sitting in the ocean The Beach was beautiful 🌴
  • Beautiful place. Lots of free parking. Plenty of benches to sit on. Not very crowded. No concessions but just a short walk to town if you're hungry.
  • I really enjoyed spending time with my wife and kids at this very family friendly beach. There are restrooms, plenty of parking, and even a paved walking path. A fire pit and benches are even available for use. We will certainly return here and would encourage family and friends to visit as well.

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