There is nothing quite like the sleepy Central California beach town of Morro Bay. If you crave surfing and small town charm, you want to book one of the flights to San Luis Obispo and look for hotels in Morro Bay. Located at the center of the American Pacific Coast, this town gives you true flip flop and hoodie living.
Predominating the horizon is Morro Rock, a protected bird sanctuary right on the beach. Dotted with surfers, kite fliers, and beachcombers, Morro Bay Beach runs 6 miles to Cayucos Pier; spend the morning gathering sand dollars along the shoreline and exploring the tide pools. Most cheap hotels in Morro Bay are nestled among antique shops and are within walking distance to the Embarcadero (the hub of souvenir shopping and bay cruises). Be sure to visit the art galleries for local art and a nursery of local vegetation. Do you hear barking? That means the sea lions at Morro Bay Aquarium are calling you to feed them—they will be sure to bark their thanks. When you have your ocean fix, head up the coast a bit to tour Hearst Castle—the "ranch house" of millionaire newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Morro Bay hotels by the Embarcadero put you close to fresh seafood. Sample fresh fish and chips from walk-up windows dotting the harbor—just be sure you eat more than the seagulls do! Nothing says you've been to the beach like a bag of salt water taffy. Here, you can buy it by the bucket load. Up the hillside from the beach, you can enjoy clam chowder and fine dining overlooking the bay. While there, be sure to try an "805," a famous local brew named for the area code.
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