Famous for its scenic state parks, estuaries, and Morro Rock, the Estero Bay area consists of three Central Coast communities: Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Los Osos. Surrounded by a natural atmosphere, tourists and residents enjoy popular outdoor activities like fishing, surfing, kayaking, golfing, bird watching, and relaxing on the beach. The famous Morro Rock is actually a string of extinct volcanoes covering 50 acres at its base and towering over 570 feet above the Morro Bay entrance. The abundance of recreational opportunities, natural atmosphere, and diverse economy make Morro Bay an excellent place to live, work, and play.
Morro Bay dates all the way back to the Chumash and Salinian Native Americans who occupied this area before other explorers arrived in the 16th Century. The town’s modern history begins on February 5, 1877, when Reverend Alden B. Spooner (one of the founders of the town) heard that the steamboat Mary Taylor was overdue on the night of a heavy arctic storm. Although he was feeling ill, Spooner rowed a small boat into the northern channel near Pilot Rock and his boat capsized. His body was never found.
During Prohibition there were stories of Canadian whiskey on the Rock, and many fisherman and farmers helped Canadian distillates land near Morro Bay for extra money during hard times. In the 1930s, the town’s population increased as refugees from failed settlements, English immigrants, and a variety of educated professionals moved to the area including Neil Moses (a newspaper editor), Dorothy Gates (a college librarian), and Dr. Jack Levitt (a physician). These three people gathered to form a literary society and journal that featured articles that brought the art and music of high society to Morro Bay. As the communities here slowly grew, residents formed several groups to keep the rich history of the town alive and many of these groups still exist today collecting artifacts and mementos to preserve the culture and history of Morro Bay.
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Morro Bay State Park offers a variety of activities including sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching around the natural bay habitat and lagoon. There are also educational exhibits inside the Natural Museum that cover Native American living, geology, and oceanography. For a real adventure visit the beautiful marina, complete with an 18-hole public golf course!