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Los Osos is home to the majestic Montaña de Oro State Park. A geologist and/or naturalist’s playground, Montaña de Oro is defined by its rugged cliffs, tucked-away sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, with spectacular scenery produced through millions of years of volcanic activity, plate tectonics and erosion. Montaña de Oro is perfect for backpackers seeking solitude along quiet trails. Other trails include those for mountain biking and horseback riding. Spooner’s Cove, a beloved Montaña de Oro beach, is ideal for get-togethers, families, or sunbathing, with a seasonal stream flowing to the ocean, as well as restrooms, picnic facilities and parking.

The peaceful area of the Morro Bay Estuary that fronts Los Osos-Baywood Park offers ideal kayaking conditions. Home to 250 species of birds and a favorite destination for avid birders, the back bay offers quiet waters and a new perspective on the Central Coast, especially at sunset. Many local companies offer equipment rental, including the Kayak Shack. For tours, Central Coast Outdoors leads kayakers for half-day and full-day itineraries around the back bay, and can even add picnics or California beach-style grilled dinners upon request.

Looking for a unique hike? Walk among itty-bitty beauties at the Elfin Forest.  This pygmy oak forest features trees stunted by natural causes to heights between just four and twenty feet. A one-mile boardwalk leads visitors between the oaks and includes multiple trailheads, and provides clearance for panoramic views of the Morro Bay Estuary and nearby mountains, as well as lookout points with prime vistas for viewing wildlife. Interpretive signs share information about notable plant life within the forest, including coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe,maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, oak and manzanita complex, and of course the pygmy oaks themselves. Don’t miss docent-led nature walks in the forest focusing on different topics every second Sunday and third Saturday of the month.

Things to do in Los Osos & Baywood

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Where to Stay in Los Osos & Baywood

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Sea Pines is a unique destination resort in Los Osos, California. This spectacular spot includes a golf course, on-site dining and a spa. More Details
Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the iconic Highway 1 sits the Baywood Inn. This B&B is on the backside of Morro Bay. More Details
The Pelican Cove Vacation Rental in Los Osos, California is a scenic property nestled along the famed Morro Bay. More Details
You can make a Charming Baywood Cottage vacation rental yours during your vacation to the Morro Bay area of California. More Details
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Events in Los Osos & Baywood

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Dec
9
Los Osos Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
December 09 to December 10, 2022
Los Osos
The Los Osos Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Christmas tree lighting and parade.
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Dec
9
Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering Exhibit
October 18, 2022 to February 23, 2023
Morro Bay
Exhibition highlighting the diversity of native California plants comes to the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
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Dec
9
Nature Nights at the SLO Botanical Garden
November 11, 2022 to January 08, 2023
San Luis Obispo
The event will feature large format light projections throughout the eight-acre portion of the 150-acre Garden.
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Dec
10
Cayucos Christmas Open House
December 10, 2022
From: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cayucos
Ring in the holidays by finding that special something for everyone on your shopping list.
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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Stop by and pick up a pie! More Details
Lotus Thai Cuisine is your destination for noodles, curries, soups, rolls and more in Los Osos. The menu is a combination of Asian favorites and California twists on Thai classics. More Details
We don't just make the best sandwiches...we build them! More Details
Los Osos Mexican Market is known for serving up delicious burritos, tacos, chili verde and more. More Details
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