Morro Bay Beach Activities

Morro Rock Beach, Morro Strand,
Cayucos Beach,
Spooner's Cove

Nearby Activities and Events

Museum of Natural History

Morro Bay State Park
Educational and informative exhibits about the natural areas around Morro Bay. Nature videos about whales, sea otters, birds, Chumash Indians, and geology.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, except major holidays.
Admission: adults $2, children 16 and under free

Morro Bay Golf Course

Located in Morro Bay State Park
Ocean views from the 18-hole course, tree-lined fairways, hilly terrain. Pro shop.
Central Coast Golf

Morro Bay Aquarium

595 Embarcadero, Morro Bay
Sea lions and a harbor seal, tanks of local marine life, including sharks, octopus, eels, abalone, and sea anemones.
Admission: Ages 12 and over $2, 5-11 are $1, and under 5 are free.
Morro Bay Aquarium

Virg's Landing

1169 Market Ave.
Morro Bay, CA
(800) 772-1222
Whale Watching & Sport Fishing
Virg's Landing

Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

601 Embarcadero, suite 4, Morro Bay
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Skateboards and memorabilia from the 1930s to present.

Morro Bay Skate Park

Located at the Teen Center
231 Atascadero Road
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays
Elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet required.
Admission free


Books of Interest

Morro Bay Beach Events

Morro Bay Kite Festival

Last Weekend in April
Morro Bay Beach

Every year the Morro Bay Kite Festival is held on the last weekend in April at Morro Beach. Admission and parking are free. The event brings individuals, families, and all generations together to enjoy kite flying in the wonderful natural environment around Morro Bay.
Morro Bay Kite Festival

Miracle Miles for Kids 10K Walk/Run

April 21, 2018, Morro Bay Beach
The Family Care Network’s 2016 Miracle Miles for Kids Walk/Run will begin at 8:30 AM. The course follows the water's edge from Morro Rock north to the Cayucos Pier. At the conclusion of the event participants enjoy a post-race party with music, food, activities, and the awards ceremony.

Donations to the event go toward Family Care Network’s mission to benefit foster and high-needs children and their families on the Central Coast.
Miracle Miles for Kids

Rock to Pier Run

July 14, 2018 Morro Bay Beach
Morro Bay Parks and Recreation and other organizations sponsor the annual 6-mile Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Run from Morro Rock north to the pier at Cayucos Beach. Festivities follow the run.
Rock to Pier Run

Morro Bay Harbor Festival

October TBA, 2018, Embarcadero, Morro Bay
Commercial Fishermen's BBQ, beer and wine court, entertainment, Marine Educational Interpretive program, a sand sculpture spectacular, Kids' Carnival Cove, - there's something for the whole family at the huge Morro Bay harbor Festival.
Morro Bay Harbor Festival

Morro Bay, CA

Moro Bay Junior Lifeguards,
Ages 9-16

Every summer Morro Bay Parks and Recreation offers its Junior Lifeguards program. Junior Lifeguards teaches children how to deal with various water safety situations. The program consists of day camps (usually lasting three weeks) that provide instruction in first aid, CPR, ocean safety, rescue techniques, surfing and bodyboarding.

Pool Program

Morro Bay Junior Lifeguard Program begins in June with a one week pool program for first time participants. During the week participants will develop their swimming skills and build their understanding of the beach environment. This week is at Hardie Pool, Hardie Park and Cayucos Beach.

All participants in Junior Lifeguards must pass a swim test in May before joining the program. The program runs from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM during two 3-week sessions.
Morro Bay Parks and Recreation Junior Lifeguards

2017 Junior Lifeguard Schedule,
Ages 9-16

Session I - June 26 - July 14, 2017
Session II - July 24 - Aug. 11, 2017
Cost: $325 per session ($305 for 2nd child)

Morro Rock Beach Camps

Morro Bay's Recreation & Parks Department sponsors a week-long summer beach camp for children 8 - 16. The camp helps children develop bodyboarding and surfing skills and increase their confidence in the ocean.

Four sessions are held each summer, 9:00 AM to 12 Noon.
Morro Rock Beach Camp

Into the Surf


Morro Rock (more often simply called The Rock) attracts a lot of surfers who enjoy the big waves and the beach atmosphere there. The best time of year is in the fall. The Outlet is named for the PG&E warm water outlet. The Pit is by Morro Bay High School. The Signal near Morro Rock also has good surfing

Oil Pier along Morro Strand near Toro Creek outlet is made up of sandbars and reefs that produce some consistent waves.

Cayucos is generally considered a good spot for beginning to intermediate surfers. The surf can break can be left or right. The best is with a southwest swell. Mouse Rock offers waves with a short ride before they fade.

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.

Hazard Canyon on the sandspit in Montana de Oro State Park is considered an experts only surf spot. Dangerous rocks and unpredictable waves are among the hazards there.

South of Spooner's cove are several surfing spots such as Spider Point and Point Buchon.

surfer at Morro Bay, CA

Surfing Lessons

Van Curaza Surf School - Surfing lessons by reservations only. All instructors trained by Van Curaza and CPR and first aid certified. Lessons at Cayucos or Morro Bay. 5-day Surf Camps.
Van Curaza Surf School

Good Clean Fun - Surf shop at 136 Ocean Front Ave., Cayucos. Individual or group surfing lessons. Also offers rentals, kayak tours, SUP workouts, surf camps.
Good Clean Fun Surf Lessons

Morro Bay Surf School - Private and group lessons. Instructors CPR and first aid certified.
Morro Bay Surf School

Morro Bay Kayaking

Kayaking the placid waters of Morro Bay is a great place to start to build kayaking skills. The Estuary and Bird Sanctuary are popular destinations. A variety of marine mammals such as sea otters and harbor seals are often seen in the bay. More experienced kayakers head outside the breakwater and explore northward around Morro Rock and along the shore of Estero Bay.

kayaking on Morro Bay, CA

Kayak Rentals and Tours

Kayak Horizons
551 Embarcadero, Morro Bay
Rentals: single and double kayaks, touring kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards
Tours: 3-hour guided tours of the bay and estuary.
Kayak Horizons

Central Coast Outdoors
Tours: Various tours including, Morro Bay half Day Classic, Sunset Paddle, Full Moon Paddle, and Dinner on the Dunes.
Central Coast Outdoors

The Kayak Shack
Morro Bay State Park Marina
Rentals: Single and double kayaks, canoes
The Kayak Shack

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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