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Morro Bay
Adventure awaits you in Morro Bay
 The town by the Rock offers much for the traveler, comfy hotels and motels, great restaurants, and beautiful scenery. While stroll- ing along the Embarcadero seems to be the most popular exercise, there is so much more adventure awaiting you.
Kayaking on Morro Bay is a long-standing adventure that has been popular for many years. Grow- ing from just a few kayak operators about 30 years ago, kayaking has become a leading water sport. There are several operators located along the waterfront offering several styles of sea-worthy kayaks for everyone from the novice to the expert.
Other on-the-water adventures include stand-up paddleboards, electric boats. Paddleboard rentals are located on the waterfront, many operators include lessons for first timers and they all offer special packages, including one offering paddleboard yoga. Electric boats are an excellent way to enjoy the water
in a safe and comfortable vessel. Rent by the hour or day and take a picnic.
Take a sightseeing or brunch tour aboart the Chablis. This luxuri-
ous Chablis 50-foot, two-story riverboat is boarding at the north end of the Embarcadero.
Out on the bay you are going to see the California sea lions that like to lounge on the floating dock. Be sure to keep some distance so as not to disturb them. You will also come across some of the Southern sea otters that spend time eating and resting here. Many of the otters are moms with pups. Again, keep a safe distance of at least 100 yards.
Fishing is another adventure
to try. There are deep sea fishing excursions available where you
can rent gear and try your luck at catching lingcod or rockfish. Some people enjoy a sedate day sitting on a chair on the T-pier with a pole in the water.
Biking is a fun way to see the area and Estero Bay Inn offers bicycle rentals for people staying there. You might hop on a bike
and pedal out from the waterfront through town into the State Park
at the end of Main Street. Pedal up to the Morro Bay Golf Course and park your bike and hike up the trail to see the Monarch butterflies that spend months clustering on the trees. Monarchs also spend time
in the trees at the campground in the State Park and anyone can walk through there to see them.
While you are at the State Park you can walk the boardwalk out
around the edge of the estuary. Many birds spend time feeding on the edge of the pickleweed and often at high tides clustered on any avail- able piece of vegetation. Bring your binoculars to get a really good view and if you are into photography this is a good place for it.
A final adventure in Morro Bay could be a hike up Black Hill. This is accessed above the golf course and is a strenuous hike. There is a road up to a parking area and from there one can make the final hike to the top. Once there you will get a 360-degree view of Morro Bay. Come down and stop in at the Bayside Cafe for some great food relaxing at the outdoor tables..
Whatever you choose, try an adventure day or two in Morro Bay!
   A central coast favorite in Morro Bay
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at the marina
  (805) 772-1465
 Open for lunch daily, Dinner Thu - Sun
  Across the road from State Park campground entrance on State Park Rd
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