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Morro Bay National Estuary

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Address: South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
Phone Number: +1 805-442-4467
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los...

California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.

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Beautiful November Day at Morro Bay National Estuary

We were delighted to visit Morro Bay again on a beautiful November day. The area is good for kayaking and boating. Its a great place to take a walk. Birds are fun to watch... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were delighted to visit Morro Bay again on a beautiful November day. The area is good for kayaking and boating. Its a great place to take a walk. Birds are fun to watch. Morro Rock and the estuary makes it also a great place to take photos.

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watching the tide influence the estuary and the changing of the animals that go along with this is an event. Take some time, walk the trails, watch the birds, the otters and seals, and see what Mother Nature puts together. You will be amazed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved taking our kayaks and exploring the estuary. Pelicans, herons, egrets - countless birds we could not identify, but a juvenile eagle watched over it all. Watch the tides should you come out this way, but do not hurry

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I have. Last weekend. Along with other birds, I have never seen before. Keep in mind, this is off-season for migration at the Central Coast. No matter. I spent an hour walking the excellent boardwalk trails that meander through the estuary. It is really a special place. Even standing near the shoreline with Morro Rock in the background as the... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a little visited part of Morro Bay and very serene and lovely. You can see the water birds feeding and feel part of nature without any distractions. The boardwalk is unexpected and an easy way to see more without getting your feet wet!

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Cayucos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The Estuary is a wonderful place to stroll or to walk fast. You are in the area where the water in the bay comes in and out with the tides. Its a great place to take pictures , bird watch or walk your on leash dog. No bicyling allowed as you may run over some slow moving person or creature.... More 

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Templeton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Morro Bay Estuary is a beautiful and quiet location that is easily accessed on a short trail and boardwalk - but for an even better experience, rent a kayak and you can go around the harbor a but further and there are is a plethora of bird and marine life. Baby otters floating on their mother's tummies, numerous birds literally... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Loved the short trail and boardwalk near the harbor, take 20 minutes or a couple hours to stroll around the loop and take in the wildlife and tides.

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

If you do nothing else on your trip up route 1 you must visit Morro Bay. Great view of the rock, sea lions, surfing and activities like canoeing and surfing. I wish I had organised accommodation here, as plenty available

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Kingfishers, Egrets, Sandpipers, Great Herons, and too many more to list. There are also deer crossing paths if you are very quiet. The plant life is great. The boats in the marina there cast awesome colors into the water. I was able to take many photos of the reflections from the boats.

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