Morro Rock
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Home to flocks of Peregrine falcons, egrets and blue herons, the 50-acre Morro Rock is the last in a chain of extinct volcanoes.
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  • TheCollegeInvestor
    San Diego, California23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent stop for families with young kids
    Excellent place to stop with kids. Big dirt parking lot was easy to get in and out of - even in the summer. Kids loved to go out on the jetty at the end of the rock. When the tide is out it’s a giant tide pool and you can see crabs and all sorts of wildlife. Our family had a blast for a quick hour stop. Plus, it’s free!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • northernk
    Phoenix, Arizona13,310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I got a Rock
    This sounds cool until you actually see it then you realize it's more that just cool it's pretty amazing to have a rock like this in your bay. Beautiful Bay and Morro Rock is certainly amazing'. So beautiful to view and see and made the sunset pretty amazing too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • MaryQ
    San Antonio, Texas426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morro Rock, something for everyone
    We spent a couple of hours at Morro Rock. There's so much to see on the way. My favorite sight is the wildlife, especially the sea otters playing in the water. There were sea lions fighting for a spot on the ledges of the boats that were docked there. Watch out for the squirrels though! They acted like they don't like tourists and will run towards you! We passed a PT boat, and walked along the boardwalk to the beach, then over to the rocky breakwall where we sat and watched the waves crashing over the rocks. The other side of the rock was calmer and you can spend some zen time with the Ocean there. It's totally worth it to walk out there and enjoy the sights.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • John W
    Lostant, Illinois2,654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool, Interesting formation!!!
    I went with the inlaws to California for the week and we came to Morro Bay mainly to go on the whale watching cruise. The large rock (long extinct volcano), is hard to miss even in the fog. While we didn't get to see too much of it at first because of the fog, when we came back it cleared up. Definitely a cool thing to see and plenty of birds hanging around it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 February 2024
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Al Bamsch
North Myrtle Beach, SC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Morro Rock leaves an impression in one's memory that will last a lifetime. A beautiful walk around the southern base, watching sea otters frolic and play in the sun, and a short but silky sand beach provided wonderful memories. Fresh sea air was much needed during a difficult time for so many. The COVID19 Pandemic has caused a statewide lockdown. One day we will look back and really appreciate how nature made us feel calm ... we already feel it!
Written 21 March 2020
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Mary Lou F
Chelsea, MI212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We were only going to stop here if we had time, and I am glad we did. We spent about an hour and a half here walking around the rock, watching the birds, and enjoying the cacti that were blooming.
There was a naturalist there at the time and he told us the history of the bay and how the the sea otters have returned. We saw about 5 sea otters playing while we were there. They were fun to watch.
At one time there were 300,000 sea otters along the Pacific coast, but they were hunted for their fur until only about 50 remained. The otters eat sea urchins which eat the kelp that provides food for fish and birds and a place for the otters to hide their young. When the otters were over hunted, the sea urchins became overpopulated and ate all the kelp, so the fish and birds were no longer abundant.
Now that the sea otter population is returning, they are keeping the sea urchins under control so the kelp is returning. Along with the kelp many fish and birds have also returned.
Morro Rock and Bay are interesting places to see wildlife and enjoy a pleasant walk. We enjoyed our afternoon here.
Written 2 November 2021
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA1,888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
How could one not love Morro Rock? I enjoyed looking at it, taking photos of it, and walking around as much of it as one can.

I wish we could walk all the way around, I wish cars weren't allowed to park around it, I wish there wasn't ugly fencing blocking off a little beach next to it, etc.

I love Morro Rock and only want it better.
Written 20 July 2021
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RogueTrippers
Guelph, Canada5,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Date of Visit: Friday, Dec 13th, 2019

Whenever we visit California, we always make sure to make a visit to Morro Bay, and Morro Rock.
This is an iconic attraction, that is a beautiful place to visit.
The Rock and area is a great place to stop and take in the scenery, and enjoy some time relaxing.
You can watch surfers do their thing, watch Otters frolic in the surf and much more.

Have a great visit to Morro Bay and enjoy the shopping, good dining opportunities, and the amazing scenery. there are also sea lions you may spot frolicking in the water as well.

You won't regret it.
Written 1 January 2020
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Louise Masin Sattler
Los Angeles, CA1,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
It may seem that it is "just a rock" - but seriously - this is an amazing force of nature. Juxtaposed with an excellent background of the bay, home to flocks of birds, and then natural wildlife swimming about. Plus, the boats in the bay make this place a great area to visit. Bring your camera!
Written 13 July 2022
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
We went to see the Rock in Morro Bay on our way from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This was on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

Due to pressure on time we spent about 20 minutes on the beach and left after taking photographs. We saw the Rock again from Malibu where it looked like the rock was jetting out of the ocean.

We enjoyed our visit to this unique natural beauty and do certainly recommend all to visit this structure.

Am informed that the sunset is unique at this beach with the Rock.

Munir D.
Written 5 July 2022
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mlbeotch
Riverside, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
My girlfriend went to a wedding in Morro Bay a couple years ago, and really wanted to come back for my birthday weekend. I had never been further up the coast than Santa Barbara and was excited to explore the fabled central California coast a bit. Morro Rock did not disappoint! It dominates the landscape (when it’s not covered in fog), and is a 5-10 minute walk from downtown Morro Bay. We explored the breakwater that’s south of the Rock with my girlfriend’s dog, watched the boats going in and out of the bay, and saw tons of marine life (sea birds, sea otters, seals, leopard sharks). There are beautiful, colorful protected dunes that flank the rock on the northeast side. I was planning on surfing at Avila Beach while we were staying in Morro Bay, but there was great surfing right next to the rock, 5 minutes from our hotel room! The water temperature was 50 degrees in mid-May, I surfed in booties and a hood and I’m glad I did. The huge stacks from the water treatment plant are adjacent to the rock and offer an interesting visual contrast. Morro Bay is a sleepy seaside fishing town, full of little shops and great restaurants.

Morro Rock looks like it would be awesome to climb, but if you try to scale it you’re gonna get arrested.

I would love to come back to Morro Bay and surf the Rock again in late summer, when it’s warmer and less foggy. But it was still a great place to visit in mid-May, and you should definitely spend a couple of hours at the Rock if you’re ever in the area.
Written 19 May 2021
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Jenny H
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The story of how Morro Rock came to be was written at the base of the massive rock. It is beautiful there and lots to take in. So many things to see in that area. Be sure to spend some quality time there.
Minnesota travelers
Written 14 February 2020
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Sonny P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Beautiful quiet little town, lots of outdoor things to do. My regret was getting an Airbnb a bit away from town. The view was nice but ambiance was not the same. Adding all the fees on Airbnb was not worth the stay. Should have stay at a hotel in town, more walkable and places to enjoy.
Written 12 July 2021
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NJCricketer
NJ501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Worth driving closer to the rock and exploring it. I am sure there is a lot to do around the place and a couple of days would make it worthwhile - the wildlife, boat tours etc. This was the first time we had seen it on our drive from the Bay area to Los Angeles. There was lots of parking and people were walking on the long beach along Morro Bay. Unfortunately, we were pressed for time and had not done much research but definitely it is a place worth coming back to.
Written 20 June 2022
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