Scenic Morro Bay is easy on the eyes, but beneath the natural beauty is a sports scene brimming with electricity.

First, a quick description of Morro Bay: pristine beaches, filled with children running around and adults sprawled out peacefully in warm, soft sand; burnt-orange sunsets that put the mind at ease as a busy day concludes; and a plethora of delicious restaurants offering fresh-caught seafood any time of day. Does that sound good? Of course it does – Morro Bay is a popular tourist destination for these and other reasons. There is a huge variety of things to do, from outdoor activities – hiking, swimming, and bird-watching, among others – to indoor attractions like the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. No matter where you’re from or what you like to do, you will undoubtedly find something you love in this majestic coastal town. Morro Bay offers a wide range of hotel and motel options for all budgets. With a total of 925 rooms all located within a 15 minute walk of the waterfront.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • Winter Bird Festival – January 17-20 (Morro Rock and the Morro Bay State Park)
  • SLO CAL Surf Open @ The Rock – February 27-March 1 (Morro Rock)
  • Soar into Morro Bay Kite Festival – April 24-26 (Morro Strand Beach)
  • Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show – April 30-May 3 (Downtown Morro Bay)
  • Miracle Miles for Kids – May 9 (Morro Rock)
  • Rock-to-Pier Run and Half Marathon – July (Morro Rock)
  • Avocado Margarita Street Festival – September 5 (Embarcadero)
  • Morro Bay Skateboard Classic – October 3 (Downtown Morro Bay, Morro Bay Boulevard)
  • Morro Bay Harbor Festival – October 2-4 (Embarcadero)
  • Morro Bay Triathlon – November 1 (Coleman Park)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Grant Programs
  • Itinerary Development
  • Lodging Services
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Site Visits
  • Event Planning Assistance

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Morro Beach

Watersports 2 by Danna Dykstra Coy

The beach at Morro Bay holds Morro Rock as its crown jewel, yet the beach – the sand and water, waves and sunshine – is also a special place. Morro Beach is a top-notch destination for tourists and sports tourney planners alike, the former for obvious reasons, the latter because Morro Beach plays host to one of the world’s most thrilling surfing competitions: the SLO CAL Open at Morro Bay. A top World Surf League contest, the SLO CAL Open will be held from February 27, 2020 through March 1, 2020.

Sports: Surfing

The Bay (Morro Bay)

The Bay 3 by Morro Bay Triathlon

The actual bay – after which the town is named – is an exciting and incredible place, with sports events happening just about every season of the year. One example is the AMGEN Tour of California, a professional cycling stage race on the USA Cycling Professional Tour. In 2019, a stage of the race ended in Morro Bay, which is regularly recognized as a biking-friendly community and a great place to host a cycling event. Additionally, the Morro Bay Triathlon is held annually during the first weekend of November.

Sports: Cycling, surfing, triathlon

Morro Bay Aquatics Center

Morro Bay Aquatics 1

Opened in 2017, the Morro Bay Aquatics Center is located at Morro Bay High School. The grand opening was launched with the Women’s National Water Polo Team using the facility for their spring training camp. It has a plethora of lanes and availability, making it a favorite recreational setting of children, adults and senior citizens alike. Beyond open swim time, Morro Bay Aquatics Center offers swimming lessons and other opportunities for recreational activities at the complex.

Sports: Swimming

 

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park by Danna Dykstra Coy

Morro Bay State Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. It features an 800-acre lagoon and natural bay habitat along with a museum on-site. Guests have the opportunity to sail, fish and hike at the park while taking in the beautiful natural scenes. Even for the outdoorsy type, the Museum of Natural History might be the most fascinating place to be. It hosts lectures, nature walks, puppet shows and tours throughout the year.

Sports: Golf, boating, hiking, paddle sports 

Embarcadero

Tidelands Park

Tidelands Park

Located on idyllic Embarcadero, Coleman Park is a great spot for paddle sports including stand-up paddleboarding and silent craft launches. Every year, Coleman Park hosts the Jesse King Memorial Paddle Race, which was on its 10th installment in 2019. Embarcadero is also home to Tidelands Park, which is ideal for paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and surfboards. Tidelands Park also features family-friendly amenities such as picnic tables and a pirate-themed playground for younger children.

Sports: Basketball, hiking, triathlon, paddle & water sports 

Morro Bay Golf Course

Morro Bay Golf Course 2 by Cindy Shanks

Of course, no sparkling coastal California town could be complete without a stunning golf course. Morro Bay Golf Course is “affordable golf at its finest,” and a slogan never has been so appropriate. At this location, inexpensive tee times combine with natural beauty – the course overlooks the beachfront town of Morro Bay – to form a top-notch golfing experience. With the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, golfers will love playing a round at Morro Bay Golf Course.

Sports:Golf

Morro Bay BMX Bike Park

 

Morro Bay Bike Park is designed to be safe and fun for all ages. The park incorporates aspects of bike riding like pump track, dirt jumps, and mountain bike skills, so riders will get a taste of many different experiences. As San Luis Obispo County’s only official bike park, Morro Bay Bike Park provides biking enthusiasts another form of thrilling excitement in magnificent Morro Bay.

Sports: Biking 

What is There to Do in Morro Bay, CA?

Those looking to plan a sports tournament in California should look no further than Morro Bay. First, it has some of the nation’s finest athletic facilities. And this magnificent California town has even more to offer, such as watersports. When you are in Morro Bay, you are never far from the Pacific Ocean, and this means plenty of opportunities to kayak, surf, fish, and whale-watch. Those who like being on the water will surely enjoy seeing and learning about Morro Rock, the 581-foot-tall volcanic plug just off the shoreline.

Morro Rock 2 by Danna Dkystra Coy

A volcanic plug is a remnant neck of an extinct volcano, and this one is beautiful when sighted during a Morro Bay sunset. Tourists always enjoy looking out into the Pacific Ocean at Morro Rock, and most are lucky enough to spot some Morro Bay otters, as well. The otter, bay’s most famous animal, is also probably its hairiest: otters can have up to one million hairs per square inch of their bodies. When back on dry land, visitors will want to check out the aforementioned Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, which opened in July of 2012. This unique museum, open weekdays 11 am until 5 pm, pays homage to the cultural impacts skateboarding has had on Morro Bay.

Fresh Seafood by Danna Dkystra Coy

Finally, another attraction that was discussed earlier but deserves another note: fresh local seafood. From high-end spots like Galley Seafood Grill & Bar to time-tested markets like Giovanni’s, it is difficult to go wrong when you have the taste for seafood in Morro Bay.

Planner Perspectives

Morro Bay ensured a successful AMGEN Tour of California finish not only for the riders but for the staff and fans as well, spearheading all event related needs from permits and road closures to hotels and meals for the teams.  There is a tremendous amount of coordination that needs to happen at the City with an event like Tour of California so knowing that we can count on Morro Bay is vital for the growth and overall success of our race. We truly enjoyed working with the entire LOC and look forward to returning to the City of Morro Bay soon.

-Sheri Morales, Vice President, AEG

How to Get to Morro Bay, CA?

Located along California State Highway 1, Morro Bay is situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, about a 3.5-hour drive along Highway 101. The nearest airport is San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) about 19 miles to the southeast. The airport offers direct flights on Alaska Airlines, American Eagle, Contour Airlines and United Express and flies to nine cities.

Contact Information

Jennifer LittleCompany Name: Morro Bay Tourism
Sports Sales Manager: Jennifer Little
Title: Tourism Manager
Telephone: (805) 458-0411
Email:
jlittle@morrobayca.gov
Website:
Morrobay.org