If you dream of pitching your tent on the sand and falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves, Morro Strand State Beach Campground is your spot. Sites are nestled in the dunes and come with picnic tables and fire rings to keep you cozy. With the iconic Morro Rock looming just a few miles away, visitors here can explore sand dunes and tide pools, surf, and take in epic sunsets over the Pacific Ocean from camp. Morro Bay's restaurants and markets are close by, making for an easy last minute and family friendly camping getaway.
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When to Go
Morro Strand State Beach is open year-round. Its mild coastal climate means it’s never too hot here, even in the summer when highs reach the upper 60s. Fall, winter, and spring visitors should prepare for cool nights (with lows in the 40s) and the chance of rain. Gray whales can be seen off Morro Bay during the winter, and humpback whales during the summer. For a quieter campground experience, come during the winter or weekdays.
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Morro Strand State Beach visitors can surf fish for perch, jacksmelt, rockfish, and more. You must be over the age of 16 with a...Read more
Morro Strand State Beach has 3 miles of beach to run, hike, or stroll. The Morro Strand Trail provides a designated path throug...Read more
With its steady ocean winds, Morro Strand State Beach is also a popular spot for windsurfing. Consider a wetsuit!
Morro Strand State Beach is known for large waves and cold water. Experienced surfers come here for head-high (or taller) waves...Read more
If you’re comfortable in cold water and waves, Morro Strand State Beach makes for a great place to splash around. For a beach w...Read more
Morro Strand State Beach has tide pools where you can spot otherworldly anemone, sea slugs, and urchins. A number of seabirds t...Read more
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Who doesn't love camping in Morro Bay? Two things; 1) make friends with your neighbors if your up to it. We did and had such a great time spending our trip with them! 2) make sure to make time to check out downtown Morro Bay, you could walk away with some cool treasures from the local thrift store or play human chess.
Booked on a busy holiday weekend because othering neighboring campgrounds were fully booked. I got a central spot which was basically two large parallel parking spots with a grass strip in between and a picnic table. When we arrived our site was being used for some other camper’s lawn games—they did continue their lawn games and horrible loud music to the next site over since it was not yet occupied. Tons of rednecks that weekend—their dogs running around off-leash, lots of beer drinking. We lasted an hour and skedaddled to take our chances finding another campsite on New Year’s weekend. May be nice during the week, dunno, but wouldn’t recommend on a holiday weekend or one of the center spots.
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.