Morro Strand State Beach

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About Morro Strand State Beach

Morro Strand State Beach often gets overshadowed by its neighbor, Morro Bay...though those who have been there would gladly tell you the park has its own charm. Morro Strand gives visitors a one-of-a-kind view of Morro Rock, an old underwater volcano. The park also has 3 miles of pristine, sandy beaches accompanied by great surf. For beach bums that want a little slice of the coast to call their own, this park is a great spot to get some swimming, surfing, kiting or windsurfing in.

Campgrounds in Morro Strand

Morro Strand State Beach Campground

1. Morro Strand State Beach Campground

There is not much written about the history of Morro Strand State Beach (or perhaps we are writing it now). However, if you’re interested in the...

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Rob: This is a great campground when not crowded. You have a huge beach nearby, and lots of stuff to do on the central coast....
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The water here is chilly! If you plan on going in, we’d recommend rocking a wetsuit for the day.

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You can easily get back and forth between Morro Strand and Morro Bay via trolley that comes on the hour ($1.25)

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This is a great beach for beach combing – you could easily get rich in sand dollars!

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This is a great campground when not crowded. You have a huge beach nearby, and lots of stuff to do on the central coast. Usually only a few sites taken midweek in winter months, but the weather might be better than the summer.

The best sites for tents or small RVs is along the west side. Great beach views. There are now site specific reservations. The central sites are basically parking spaces. Showers available at Morro Bay SP; save your camp stub. Can get kinda flooded in really big rain.

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Activities in Morro Strand State Beach

  • FishingFishing

    Morro Strand State Beach has three miles of ocean for surf fishing. Some fish that have been caught in the area include different types of perch, jacksmelt and rockfish. This is a relaxing place to cast your line and let your bait do the work (or at least most of it). For exact rules and regulations, check with the beach.

  • HikingHiking

    Morro Strand State Beach gives visitors the chance to get a totally different view of Morro Rock. Don’t fret, though. The perspective is just as awesome, if not more so. While the typical picture visitors get of Morro Rock (from Morro Bay), has a sense of modern life with the harbor in the background, the view from Morro Strand State Beach shows Morro Rock in its true isolated form. This means getting a picture of what Morro Rock was like when it was an undersea volcano. The best way to get this view is to hike for it! Our favorite trail takes hikers on a wide trail to the base of the rock, and allows them to soak up mountain views upon their return.

  • Kiteboarding & WindsurfingKiteboarding & Windsurfing

    The three miles of beach at Morro Strand makes for a popular spot for windsurfing. The beautiful beach scene is the perfect backdrop for a windy adventure. We’d suggest a wetsuit if you’re preparing to brave these chilly waters, and make sure to check the local weather report to stay up to date on unpredictable surf and winds!

  • SurfingSurfing

    Located extremely close to the beach’s campgrounds is some awesome surf. Though the beach’s entire three mile stretch makes way for some classic beach breaks. The waves here can getty pretty big, so beginners may be in over their heads. Expert surfers, however, will no doubt love this spot for catching some waves. The area is typically 30 degrees cooler than inland, so we’d recommend a wetsuit or some really thick skin.

  • SwimmingSwimming

    Morro Strand State beach makes for an excellent spot to go swimming. The surf here can big and the water can be a little chilly (okay, maybe a lot chilly). But if you can get past those few details, then this is a great place to splash around!

History of Morro Strand State Beach

There is not much written about the history of Morro Strand State Beach (or perhaps we are writing it now). However, if you’re interested in the area’s history you may want to check out the Museum of Natural History at Morro Bay.