Situated on a natural harbor, Morro Bay is a marvelous spot to observe marine life and sweeping ocean views. Morro Bay is recognized for two significant landmarks: the old power plant and the towering Morro Rock. Morro Bay is also home to a wildlife area where harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, snowy plovers, and peregrine falcons reside.
No trip to Morro Bay is complete without maritime activities. Surfers will want to stop by Wavelengths Surf Shop to gear up for a rad surfing session. But if surfing isn't for you, stay dry and kayak your way around the harbor. After your adventures on the water, return to land and treat yourself to the famed saltwater taffy at Carousel Taffy.
With local specialties such as clam chowder, fish and chips, and barbecue oysters, Dutchman’s Seafood House is a great place to feast on divine seafood. For a delicious breakfast the next day, head to Shine Cafe—one of the best vegan joints in town.
Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Coastal Range, Paso Robles is a world-renowned wine region and agricultural hub. But the area offers much more. Take a dip in Lake Nacimiento or enjoy a boat or jet-ski ride on the azure waters. For an inland adventure, take a class at Refugio Paso Robles—which also has lovely accommodations and a fantastic restaurant—and leave with in-depth knowledge of California cooking.
Paso Robles is also known for its thermal baths. Head to Franklin Hot Springs (a budget-friendly option) or the upscale River Oaks Hot Springs Spa for a reinvigorating day spent soaking in artesian thermal waters. For a pick-me-up, stop by Spearhead Coffee and savor one of the best cups of java on the Central Coast. After a long day of exploration and relaxation, satisfy your hunger with a plate of elevated comfort food at The Hatch.