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Morro Strand State Beach

San Luis Obispo, California, USA


Morro Strand State Beach is a gorgeous wild beach at the base of Morro Rock. The incredible formations on the rock loom above you as the wild surf swirls below. Crazy surfers brave the freezing cold water and the unpredictable currents. Swarms of birds fly overhead riding the gusts of wind. It's a beautiful scene- nature in all its wildness.
The beach stretches far north to the area by the Cloisters Bike Path in the north residential part of Morro Bay, and you can enjoy a long walk along it, gathering sand dollars along the way.
Or you can walk starting at the southernmost part of the beach along the Harborwalk (here you're almost guaranteed to see sea otters!) into Morro Bay town where you can eat some fresh seafood at a restaurant right on the bay while you watch seals swim by. You can also play a game on the giant chess board or walk a little further along Embarcadero to beautiful ship-themed Tidelands Playground.

Photo Gallery

The beach, seagulls, parking lot, and Morro Rock.

Sign warning of the dangers of surfing or swimming here.

Sign advising how to save yourself when caught in a rip current- good thing to know!

Amazing rock formations on Morro Rock, above you as you stand at the beach.

Light breaks through the thick clouds by late morning and lights up the tip of the rock.

Gorgeous rocks.

A young surfer.


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You can walk to Morro Strand State Beach from Morry Bay town via the Harborwalk.
To drive from Morro Bay town, take Embarcadero north and then turn left on Coleman Dr. There is a large parking lot on your right at the base of Morro Rock.
From Highway 1, head west on Morro Bay Blvd. Turn right on Main Street, and left on Beach Street. Turn right on Embarcadero and then left on Coleman Dr. There is a large parking lot on your right at the base of Morro Rock.
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