It is also called "the Gibralter of the Pacific" and is probably the most famous peak. It was first sighted in 1542 by Juan Cabrillo. At one time it was surrounded by water. Quarrying was responsible for its shape, and rock from it supplied the breakwater for Morro Bay. It is now protected home for the endangered Peregrine Falcon.
In 2014 the City of Morro Bay will be celebrating a significant milestone, reaching 50 years of incorporation. We are excited to include the entire community in aspects surrounding the 50th Celebration Year of Morro Bay’s “Landmark & Legacy,” highlighting our breathtaking coastal community, the indisputable landmark of Morro Rock and the fishing heritage and legacy that endures today.
World-famous Hearst Castle is just an hour's drive from the Pleasant Inn Motel up scenic Highway 1. As what is truly an architectural and scenic wonder, Hearst Castle is a "must see" for anyone visiting the Central Coast.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, also known as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. Founded in 1901 as a vocational high school, it's currently one of only two polytechnic universities in the 23-member California State University system. Comprising six distinct colleges, the university offers 147 Bachelor's degrees, 49 Master's degrees, and 7 teaching credentials.
Cal Poly is known for its "learn by doing" educational philosophy that encourages students to solve real-world problems by combining classroom theory with experiential laboratory exercises.
Located on State Route 1, the Cuesta campus is six miles from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and six miles from San Luis Obispo. The college offers 76 Associate's degree programs and 96 certificate programs. A number of Cuesta students transfer to the public California State University and University of California systems, including the nearby Cal Poly SLO campus, as well as private colleges and universities.
Camp San Luis Obispo is the original home of the California Army National Guard. It served as an Infantry Division Camp and Cantonment Area for the United States Army during World War II. The California Army National Guard maintains the California Military Academy at Camp San Luis Obispo for the use and training of members of California and other western state National Guard units, as well as for the use of the California State Military Reserve.
The Madonna Inn is a motel in San Luis Obispo, California. Opened for business in 1958, it quickly became a landmark on the Central Coast of California. The Inn was created by Alex Madonna, a successful construction magnate and entrepreneur, and his wife Phyllis. The well-known motor inn, which includes a restaurant and bakery, is prominently located on the west side of US Route 101 and situated on the lower eastern portion of Cerro San Luis Obispo. The property is adorned with a pseudo-Swiss-Alps exterior and lavish common rooms accented by pink roses, Western murals, and hammered copper. Each of the 110 guest rooms and suites is uniquely designed and themed, though some tourists stop just to peek at the famous rock waterfall urinal located in the men's restroom, a feature designed by Hollywood set designer Harvey Allen Warren.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is located near the Pacific Ocean on the Central Coast of California. When the master plan is complete, our 150 acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five mediterranean climate regions of the world. Other components of the plan include 50 miles of paved trails; restaurants and cafés featuring mediterranean climate cuisine; a 3,000-seat amphitheater; demonstration, meditation, and event gardens; an explosion of art; sustainable buildings for education and research; and creative modes of transportation to provide easy access to the inspiring views throughout the Garden’s 500-foot elevation change.
The Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo is a state-of-the-art performance facility located on the beautiful Central Coast of California at the campus of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Open since September of 1996, the Performing Arts Center incorporates two main venues: the Christopher Cohan Center, including the majestic 1,289-seat Sidney Harman Hall, the 180-seat classroom Philips Hall, and the multi-purpose Pavilion that holds various capacities up to 400 people; and the 498-seat Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre.
Just west of California's scenic Highway 1, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History sits on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay Estuary. In addition to panoramic views of the coastline, the view from the museum includes world-famous Morro Rock.
The Central Coast of California has some of the wildest coastline and largest unspoiled open spaces in the state. It is home to the crashing surf and hiking trails of Big Sur, the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, several wine growing regions and a world class National Estuary in Morro Bay.
Montaña de Oro is a state park in California, United States. The park is located six miles southwest of Morro Bay and 2 miles south of Los Osos. The name "Mountain of Gold" comes from the golden wildflowers found in the park.
Along the Embarcadero you will find Morro Bay's busy harbor and active fishing industry. Known as the place in San Luis Obispo County to savor local seafood, including local oysters and fresh salmon walking the Embarcadero will allow you to experience restaurants that specialize in just that. For others, walking along the Embarcadero will allow you to antique, shop, or just browse the local art galleries.
Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a safe, clean, reliable and vital energy resource for California. The plant provides low-cost, carbon-free electricity for more than three million people and plays a key role in allowing PG&E to deliver some of the cleanest energy in the nation to its customers.
Piedras Blancas Light Station is located on a rugged windswept point of land six miles north of Hearst Castle, along California’s scenic Highway One. First illuminated as an aid to navigation in 1875, the lighthouse still casts a beam of light to guide mariners along the rocky California coast. Today the lighthouse beckons the visitor, offering a glimpse into history and a respite from the modern world.
Access to Piedras Blancas is by guided tours only. Tours are offered year round and feature cultural and natural history, as well as spectacular scenery.
Halfway between the two main California metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco is Paso Robles Wine Country. Located along California's famed Central Coast, the Paso Robles winegrape growing region's climate is perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines. A long growing season of warm days and cool evenings give rise to vibrantly ripened fruit with dynamic flavor profiles that translate beautifully in your glass of Paso Robles wine.
The number one "must play" golf course on the central coast, Morro Bay is a favorite among seniors, juniors and anyone who wants to feel they're playing a Pebble Beach-like track at a fraction of the cost. On a clear day, the tree lined fairways and ocean views are stunning, so bring your camera! Situated inside Morro Bay State Park and Estuary, the course is located along Highway 1 just 12 miles Northwest of San Luis Obispo, California. This beautiful facility offers hilly terrain, placing a premium on club selection, but the real test comes in the putting. Crowned by Black Hill above and the sweeping Pacific Ocean below, Morro Bay Golf Course has a straightforward, traditional feel and a refreshing lack of manmade trickery.
Dairy Creek Golf Course is the newest of the three courses operated by San Luis Obispo County Parks. This "links-like" course is located on El Chorro Regional Park land just east of Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, it boasts some incredible elevation changes, forced carries over water and rocky arroyos. The bentgrass greens will put the steadiest stroke to the test. Add tricky sea breezes whipping around nearby Hollister Peak and suddenly you've got a 6,548-yard course to be reckoned with.
Designed by the late architect, John Harbottle, Dairy Creek offers a true test of golf, without disturbing the natural habitats and beauty of the land.
Located in the foothills of Atascadero 15 minutes north of San Luis Obispo and 10 minutes south of Paso Robles - Chalk Mountain Golf Course is part of the County's Heilmann Regional Park complex. Ideally situated among lush ancient oak groves overlooking the southern Salinas Valley, it's one of the oldest courses in the area. A meandering creek, rolling hills, and undulating greens add to the charm and character of this challenging golf course.
Located just south of the City of San Luis Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of two commercial airlines with flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The airport is also home to full service general aviation and corporate facilities.
The San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station is an Amtrak rail station in the city of San Luis Obispo, California. It is the northern terminus of Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego and it also serves the Coast Starlight from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California. Four Pacific Surfliner trains and two Coast Starlight trains (one in each direction) serve the station daily. The station is fully staffed with ticketing and checked baggage services.
Loosen up with the locals, party with family and friends, and taste the best produce California has to offer at this weekly street fair.
For more than 30 years, Thursday night’s Farmers' Market has been the city’s signature event.
A large section of the downtown is blocked off for three hours of festival-like fun, and there is something here for everyone. One end of the market is dedicated to produce, and the other showcases local merchants and restaurants.
Our market is every Saturday from 3pm to 6pm (2pm to 5pm in winter) in downtown Morro Bay at Main & Harbor Streets. From fresh produce to local entertainment and products, we have everything imaginable for you to enjoy!
The seagulls hover overhead as the farmers begin to set up their booths every Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. The Morro Bay Farmers’ Market smells of the ocean, but reaps the rewards of the land. Farmers from as far south as Goleta, east as Delano, and north as Salinas come to sell their goods at this Thursday afternoon market.
This Morro Bay market is nestled just off of Highway 1, north of the Highway 41 junction. Vendors set up their fruits and vegetables and sell their seasonal goods to local marketgoers and people who happen to be passing by on Highway 1.
If you live in Morro Bay, you are sure to run into a neighbor, friend, or co-worker while shopping at this community market.
Jade Cove attracts many who are in search of the nephrite jade that can often be found here. Although there is a sign along the highway, there is little in the way of improvements at the cove. A couple of pull-out areas along the highway offer space for parking and trails lead across the coastal bluffs and down to the water's edge.
Mi Casa is your premier source for delicious, affordable Mexican food in a family atmosphere in the Morro Bay, CA area. Along with specializing in breakfast, they have weeknight specials and bottomless chips and salsa.
Carla’s Country Kitchen promises “Great ‘Down Home’ Cooking,” and it definitely delivers on its claim.
Owner Carla Borchard opened the convivial Morro Bay eatery in 1987. At the time, she was a few years away from wrapping up a career as a city firefighter, and several years into starting a family.
From the outset, her goal was to offer a casual place where customers felt comfortable and where they could get hearty portions of made-from-scratch fare.
Whether your looking for a vegan style mean or wanting to splurge on creme brulee french toast, Frankie and Lola's is a great spot to enjoy a great breakfast served by a friendly staff right across from the water front in Morro Bay.
Celebrating it's 63rd year serving great, traditional meals, the Coffee Pot Restaurant is both a meeting place and a treasured part of the Morro Bay experience.
Many locals come here daily for a delicious breakfast or lunch and to see friends. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere is just as welcoming for visitors to Morro Bay. Drop by and have a meal with friends.
Walking distance from Morro Bay's scenic harbor, downtown and Motels. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Fisherman features great breakfast options, an extensive Kids menu, steaks and seafood dishes and our New Mexican Menu you can enjoy in a quaint family environment.
The Blue Skye Cafe offers a distinctive palate of fresh seafood, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast. Our customers frequently remind us that our relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, fine wine, friendly service and bay views are what keep them returning!
At Blue Skye Cafe, you'll enjoy a relaxed dining experience where our upbeat decor is designed to compliment the beautiful view of Morro Rock and the Estero Bay from most every table. Our dining room also provides a great view of Morro Bay's stunning sunsets.
Welcome aboard Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, owned by the family of Mark and Bonnie Tognazzini, and opened in April 2004. We are long-time residents of Morro Bay. Mark was born and raised here and is an active commercial fisherman with over three decades on the Pacific. We want your dining experience to include not only great food, but great service as well.
Taco temple serves items ranging from burritos, tacos, and nachos. Their seafood tacos, a local favorite, set it apart from any other restaurant in the area. The crab cake, calamari, or fish tacos are incredible and huge. With daily specials to try, you won't be disappointed.
Giovanni's Fish Market has been a family owned and operated in Morro Bay for over 25 years, Founded by Mike DeGarimore, who opened his first Fish Co, in 1973 after a successful 17 year career as a commercial abalone Diver. Mike's youngest Son Giovanni took over the family business in 2004, continuing the family tradition of focusing on delivering Fresh, and Local seafood products at the best prices. Sourcing Sustainable seafood from the local fleet and unloading it daily across Giovanni's own docks is the secret to the businesses overwhelming success.
The Otter Rock Cafe is located on the Central Coast in beautiful Morro Bay, CA. We are a full service bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Otter Rock features burgers, steaks, seafood dishes and an extensive childs menu you can enjoy in the comfort of our covered outdoor patio.
Rocca’s Surf Shack is locally owned and operated by Todd Collins and his family. Rocca’s Surf Shack is a surfer-themed, waterfront restaurant offering a spectacular view of the bay and Morro Rock. We specialize in fresh seafood, great burgers, refreshing salads, and most of all fun.
Our killer fish tacos are out of this world and our famous Surfers Combo offers the best of both worlds–two pieces of our hand-dipped beer battered fish with our house made fresh potato chips along with our fresh and creamy clam chowder served in a fresh baked sourdough bread bowl.
We value our customers and in return we offer amazing food, friendly service, incredible value and an extremely fun atmosphere. We always focus on our customers and their complete dining experience. Our staff does an amazing job, which keeps our customers happy and coming back.
Bay Side Cafe is the place to go for the feeling of that home-cooked meal you've been longing for. They pride themselves in serving meals with only the freshest and finest ingredients with a wide range of options to enjoy.
For over three decades, the Great American Fish Company and the Leage Family have been creating the best and freshest seafood dinners on the coast!
Located on the waterfront in Morro Bay, the Great American Fish Company, (also known as GAFCo), has the largest selection of Seafood on the Morro Bay Embarcadero. Voted best seafood in SLO County for 12 years in a row, the Great American Fish Company has been a favorite among area residents as well as visitors for decades. With a casual, family oriented atmosphere, this seaside grill is good at pleasing any family or group!
The Harbor Hut restaurant located on the waterfront in Morro Bay is known for having one of the best views of the bay and Morro Rock of any restaurant in Morro Bay. A favorite among visitors and locals alike, the Harbor Hut has been a Morro Bay icon and has been family owned and operated since 1951. Established as a humble little spot dedicated to cooking up the freshest seafood possible, the Harbor Hut soon became well known as one of the best restaurants on the Central Coast for their mesquite broiling and their insatiable quest for the finest ingredients.
Stan Van Beurden Has Owned The Hofbrau For More Than 40 Years. Stan And His Father Opened The Hofbrau In 1971 After Running Several Eateries From Yosemite To Morro Bay. They Decided To Do A German Style Restaurant Complete With Lederhosen Worn By The Servers. They Served Hand-Carved French Dip Sandwiches Piled High With Slow Cooked Roast Beef, Homemade Clam Chowder And Hand Dipped Fish And Chips.
The freshest, premium seafood. Hand-selected seasonal ingredients from their own farm. An impressive selection of world-class wines. All tastefully wrapped in novel Island decor and overlooking the scenic waterfront. Welcome to a new definition of taste - The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar - the Central Coast's finest seafood restaurant located on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.
From the award-winning Black Cod to our beef filet, we are dedicated to providing our guests with locally raised livestock, seafood and organically grown produce. Our menu changes with the seasons, benefiting from local producers for fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and herbs. The extensive wine list showcases many local wines, current California selections, as well as renowned French vintages.
For more than a decade we have provided a unique dining inexpert featuring delicious traditional Italian food that is rated among the best on the Central Coast. Scrumptious Veal, Beef, Steak, Chicken, Seafood and Pasta.
While seafood is at the heart of our menu, we offer many land-based options as well, including pasta pomodoro, chicken marsala, and New York steaks that are hand-cut and dry-aged on premises. You'll aslo find "from scratch" touches from our kitchen such as house-made hollandaise, house-baked desserts, and our garlic vinaigrette house dressing developed by Nancy Dorn.
We here at Dutchman's Seafood House also known as the Flying Dutchman, strive to bring you the freshest seafood possible sourced from our hardworking local fishermen that we know and support. We strive to use seafood caught using sustainable fishing methods whenever possible. We also strive to buy local produce and use local vendors. We own and operate our own dock ensuring the freshest and superior fish for our customers.
With an open kitchen and flaming wood fire pizza hearths, Giancarlo's Ristorante reflects the warm charm and welcoming atmosphere found in traditional Italian fine dining. Giancarlo's is a gathering place where friends, family, and neighbors socialize. Join us for a healthy serving of Chef Giancarlo's flavorful rustic cuisine, bold wines, and old school quality service.
The Thai Bounty offers the finest thai cuisine on the Central Coast. Our customers frequently remind us that our savory recipes and quality ingredients surpass those of nationally recognized restaurants. We invite you to visit us and experience the rich culinary traditions of Thailand that keep our customers coming back!
The hottest new wine bar on the Central Coast is in Morro Bay, Come choose from over 100 LOCAL and Imported wines.. Daily tastings, and wine by the glass, as well as Panini Sandwiches, Gourmet Meats and Cheese Plates, Crositnis, and Tapas plus... Entertainment Weekly..
The Libertine Pub is the place you want to spend your time at if you want to feel at home. Do yourself a great big favor and spend a Friday or any evening here and you will not be sorry. Good beer and great service for everyone!
Countless amounts of entertainment along with a fully stocked bar. Live acoustic guitar on Mondays from 6-9 PM, Karaoke on Wednesdays 8-11 PM, Singer/Songwriter Showcase on Thursdays 7:30PM, and live local, regional, & national bands Friday-Sundays.