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
Plan your stay at one of the many hotels or vacation rentals in Los Osos & Baywood.
Charming Baywood CottageCharming Baywood CottageLos Osos
You can make a Charming Baywood Cottage vacation rental yours during your vacation to the Morro Bay area of California.
Green Cottage on Morro BayGreen Cottage on Morro BayLos Osos
The Green Cottage on Morro Bay is a scenic destination vacation rental set in Los Osos with views of the famed Morro bay.
Largest Ocean View HomeLargest Ocean View HomeLos Osos
Looking for the Largest Ocean View Home on the Morro Bay and Los Osos stretch of Highway 1? Then look no further!
The Bees Knees Fruit FarmThe Bees Knees Fruit FarmSan Luis Obispo
The Bees Knees Fruit Farm in San Luis Obispo is unlike any other lodging you will find in California, a country house with all the charm.
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events in Los Osos & Baywood
Plan your next roadtrip to Los Osos & Baywood around events and happenings.
BlendFest on the CoastBlendFest on the CoastFebruary 22 to February 25, 2024
BlendFest on the Coast brings together more than just great wines. It connects two magnificent SLO County Central Coast regions of Paso Robles and the North Coast. Visitors to the coastal Highway 1 towns of Cambria and San Simeon have an opportunity to participate in this popular event that focuses on blending wines from nearby […]
SLO Comedy Festival: Best of the FestSLO Comedy Festival: Best of the FestSan Luis ObispoFebruary 22 to February 25, 2024
The best performers from the entire four-day festival take the stage for an evening of laughs.
Festival Mozaic: Winter SeriesFestival Mozaic: Winter SeriesSan Luis Obispo CountyFebruary 22 to February 25, 2024
Throughout the year in the heart of California’s Central Coast, Festival Mozaic brings together music lovers to enjoy premier concerts and related events in a festive and stimulating atmosphere.
Morro Bay Kite FestivalMorro Bay Kite FestivalMorro BayApril 26 to April 28, 2024
Colorful kites will take to the sky at the Rock for family friendly fun
travel articles about Los Osos & Baywood
Read about why Los Osos & Baywood is the perfect California Highway 1 road trip for those seeking a special California beach town experience.
Biking Los Osos and BaywoodBiking Los Osos and BaywoodLos Osos
Montana de Oro has some of the best mountain biking on the central coast, with multiple trails ranging from beginner to expert.
Sea Pines Golf CourseSea Pines Golf CourseLos Osos
Sea Pines Golf Course is home to the Central Coast Golf Trail.
Horseback RidingHorseback RidingOceano
Riding a horse amidst the beauty of coastal San Luis Obispo County can be a transforming experience. Get saddled up and discover a whole new perspective on our special stretch of Highway 1, from equestrian trails to vineyards.
Baywood Park-Los Osos Farmers MarketBaywood Park-Los Osos Farmers MarketLos Osos
Although it takes up just one block, the Baywood/Los Osos Market is small but mighty.
where to eat in Los Osos & Baywood
Check out all the restaurants and good eats in Los Osos & Baywood.
Hazards is a casual Italian restaurant that is a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors to the Los Osos area.
Noi and Doi’s 2nd Street CafeNoi and Doi’s 2nd Street CafeLos Osos
Noi and Doi are the dynamic sister duo behind one of the most popular eateries in Los Osos.
Nautical BeanNautical BeanLos Osos
We are a family owned shop, with a simple goal, we try our hardest to give our customers the best coffee, food, and service that we possibly can. We aren’t coffee snobs, we aren’t a corporate chain, just a simple place you can come and relax. We invite you to come try it for yourself! […]
Celia’s Garden CafeCelia’s Garden CafeLos Osos
A Serene Garden View for Breakfast and Lunch
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