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Kayaking Morro Bay

A kayak trip from Spooner's Cove in Montaña de Oro to Morro Rock offers spectacular views and challenging conditions.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding in Avila Beach

Avila Beach sits on a protected cove that boasts slightly warmer temperatures and calmer conditions, both on land and sea. More often than not, launching out in Avila Beach means sunshine, glassy waters, and a clear view from Point Sal to Point San Luis.

Cambria Kayaking/Boating

Shamel Park in Cambria to the Cayucos Pier is a fun tour that meanders down the uncrowded North Coast.

Watersports in Pismo Beach

When people think of Pismo Beach, chances are they’re thinking about the ocean. The stretch of Pacific coastline where Pismo Beach sits is some of the most sought-after for its watersports. This is a beach- and water-lover’s playground, with a variety of watersport activities available. But you don’t need to be a longtime or die-hard […]

USA Today Best Small Towns for Adventure

From USA Today’s 10 Best: The waterways and marshes of the Inner Banks set the scene for adventure Note from 10Best: Someday, we’ll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we’ll keep supporting the places that inspire us. These 10 towns might be small – […]

Central Coast Kayaks

Olde Port Beach to Pirate’s Cove in Avila Beach is ideal for beginners who want to try kayaking alongside the cliffs of Avila Beach. There’s a good chance you’ll glimpse some seals and otters on this tour.

Central Coast Outdoors

From the serene protected waters of Morro Bay to the rocky cliffs along Shell Beach, kayaking is a sport that can be enjoyed by all. 

Elfin Forest

El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area An ancient oak grove, the Elfin Forest is home to trees that grow only 4 to 20 feet tall.

Avila Beaches and Piers

With its long stretches of white sand, boardwalks, pet-friendly spots, wildlife and bustling harbor, Avila Beach has attracted visitors for centuries.

Things to Do in Morro Bay

There’s never a dull moment in Morro Bay, where seaside adventures, spectacular wildlife sightings and family friendly activities unfold under the sun daily. Surf or sunbathe in the shadow of iconic Morro Rock, kayak the Morro Bay estuary where otters and seals roam, stroll the Embarcadero famous for its fresh fish and salt water taffy […]

Family Friendly Fun Along Highway 1

Family fun abounds on Highway 1! When the whole gang’s ready for adventure, head for our special slice of California coastline. Here, kids of all ages are encouraged to explore, play and learn—all backdropped by pristine beaches, historic lighthouses and awesome eats. Whether you pack the station wagon, woody or minivan, you’re on your way […]

W.R. Hearst State Beach

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach provides the scenery, sand, and surf for an ideal beach day on Highway 1. This beach once bustled as a whaling outpost, and later as a port for receiving antiquities to adorn W.R. Hearst’s hilltop estate.

Point San Luis Lighthouse

Founded in 1890, Point San Luis Lighthouse has saved many lives in its time, and remains a beacon over San Luis Bay. Visit a piece of history on Highway 1.

Surfing Cambria

Located between two surf hotspots, San Simeon and Cayucos, Cambria is often overlooked by visiting surfers. That’s unfortunate for them, but fortunate for those in the know. Locals prize Cambria surfing as some of the most accessible and most consistent waves around. The primary spot is Moonstone Beach, where the shoreline is really uncrowded, despite […]

The Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Located at the meeting of freshwater run-off and the saltwater ocean, the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a jewel of natural Los Osos. At 32 acres, the preserve is owned by the Morro Coast Audubon Society and includes hiking trails, interpretive signs, footbridges, and memorial benches. Local and migratory birds, as well as many other […]