Great Non-Touristy Ways to Enjoy a Visit to Morro Bay

The popular little beach town of Morro Bay lies along California’s southern central coast. Anyone desiring to take a well-earned rejuvenating break from hectic life will appreciate the community’s laid-back vibe. Rather than visiting Morro Bay like a tourist, consider experiencing the location like a local.

Meet Marine Animals

There’s no shortage of marine life in local waters. Some of the native species are quite entertaining to watch. Venture to the dock in front of the Great American Fish Company. Sit to the left side and watch the live show presented by the dozens of adorable otters who make their home in the calm inlet.

The local sea lion population is also quite prolific. You might see one or two sunning themselves on someone’s boat while others climb aboard the floating dock. As they frequently communicate with each other through barks, the animals are hard to miss. February through April is the best time to catch a glimpse of the various migrating whale species.

Get on the Water

Rent a kayak or a paddleboard and tour the area by water. Both options are favorite pastimes among locals. Lessons are readily available for novice water sports athletes. Be prepared for curious critters that often approach humans. On-water activity often attracts the attention of otters, sea lions, or the occasional dolphin.

As the water is typically frigid, consider also renting a wetsuit for protection. More adventurous individuals might try learning to surf. Surfers daily hit the waves right near Morro Rock. After spending your day enjoying the fun and sun at the shore, you’ll be ready to return to your Morro Bay hotel for some rest and relaxation.

Stroll the Embarcadero

Step out of your Morro Bay hotel and take a casual walk along the paved path that follows the coastline. Grab a tasty sweet treat at Carousel Taffy. Perhaps find a unique treasure or two in The Shell Shop. Art enthusiasts might consider journeying along the Mural Mile. Maps are available at the Visitor’s Center on Harbor Street. Downloadable versions are easily obtained by visiting the Morro Bay website. The self-guided tour takes walkers on a journey that depicts the town’s beauty, history, and marine life. The designated route displays 22 murals for all to enjoy.

Eat Like a Local

Being located along the coast means seafood meals offered in Morro Bay restaurants are prepared using the fresh catch of the day. Some of the popular local favorites include BBQ oysters served at Tognazzini’s Dockside and the clam chowder and fish & chips on the menu at Dutchman’s Seafood House. Venture to the Taco Temple when in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine and generous portions. A variety of appetizers and sides are on the menu in addition to the selection of burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and tacos. Hofbrau specializes in burgers along with seafood sandwiches, French dips, fish & chips, soups, and salads. In the evening, have craft beer while watching the sun set at The Libertine.

When you’re planning your trip to Morro Bay, make sure to reserve a room or suite at Ascot Suites, one of the most comfortable, charming hotels in Morro Bay. Our peaceful rooftop sundeck offers stunning views of Morro Bay and Morro Rock, and you can snuggle up in front of your fireplace, lounge the day away on your balcony, or enjoy a long soak in your deep jetted tub. To find out more about our exceptional accommodations and reserve your room, call us today at 800-887-6454.