Morro Bay is the perfect little beach town for a family getaway. There are tons of family friendly places to eat, beaches to explore and it is dog (and toddler!) friendly!
My favorite type of gift is an experience gift. I love being able to go somewhere and explore somewhere new as a family. After an amazing Mother’s Day surprise last year, I told Ry this year I wanted a relaxing weekend at the beach. Of course he went above and beyond my expectations and we spent the weekend in Morro Bay!
(This post is picture heavy but I can’t help it it was beautiful!)
Morro Bay is located 30 minutes north of San Luis Obispo. It was an hour and 15 minute drive for us, so we will definitely be visiting again soon. Best known for Morro Rock, the large volcanic plug connected to the shore, it reminded me of a smaller Monterey Bay. There is an Embarcadero with beach themed shops and restaurants, tons of cute motels, and beautiful scenery.
We arrived in Morro Bay at around 11 on Saturday. We stayed in the Paradise Inn, which was one block from the Embarcadero. We had the suite on the second floor which had amazing views and a full kitchen! We packed food with us and were able to make 3 meals during our stay, which is the perfect way to save money and mad it easy to constantly have snacks on hand for a forever hungry toddler. We didn’t realize before we left but most of the hotels and beaches are super dog friendly! Next time we will definitely be bringing Atlas along with us.
Once we had settled in we ate a late brunch and played until we had a second meal and Aaliyah took a nap around 1:30. Once she woke up we all got dressed we walked down to the Embarcadero. This area of Morro Bay is a little touristy with souvenir shops but they are so much fun! I loved the shell shop full of beautiful shells from all over the world.
As we walked south we pointed out the bright colors, birds, and counted the boats. We stopped at Morro Bay Tidelands Playground so Aaliyah could have a energy break. They had a play pirate ship and statues of sea animals in sand pits for kids to crawl around on. When had burned off some energy we walked back to the north end of the Embarcadero and had dinner at House of JuJu By the Bay.
Sunset at North Point
After dinner we walked back to the hotel and got bundled up to head to the beach. I was super thankful that there was a Morro Bay travel guide in the room because I just happened to read about North Point. It was only 4 miles from the hotel and has free parking!
I’ve been to lots of California beaches, but I can honestly truly tell you that this is my new favorite! The views just from the top of the hill are spectacular and you can take it all in at different levels as you walk down the staircase. We all love climbing rocks at the beach, and this one had plenty for us to explore. We walked to the right of the staircase and found a beautiful seating area made from rocks. It was already occupied, but we were happy sitting next to the water watching the waves crash right under us. We went back to the hotel sandy but happy!
The next day mama got breakfast in bed and we cuddled watching Disney junior until 10. We packed up the room and checked out at 11. It was cloudy out so we went to lunch at Mi Casa. The sun did not want to visit Morro Bay that day, but we headed to the beach anyways.
Morro Rock is even bigger from Morro Rock Beach. It’s incredible how high it is and how many birds there are! The windy day meant it was perfect for blowing bubbles and Aaliyah had fun chasing them. After building some sandcastles, she decided it was time to go in the water. It was freezing, but we didn’t care. We had so much fun playing in the water. Make sure you look carefully for sand dollars! We collected many perfect ones to take home and add to our collection.
Once our teeth started chattering we decided it was time to head home. Aaliyah said a tearful goodbye to the beach and we got all packed up to leave. We made one last stop at Kravabowl for an amazing Açaí bowl. Does anyone else crave fruit after the beach?
Morro Bay was truly the perfect getaway! There are so many more beaches we didn’t have the opportunity to explore and I can’t wait until we are able to go back!