Coleman Beach with the iconic Morro Rock in the background. Photo: "Mike" Michael L. Baird,

Coleman Beach with the iconic Morro Rock in the background. Photo: “Mike” Michael L. Baird,

Morro Bay: Urban Paddle Guide

Morro Bay, California is a highlight of of the state’s Central Coast, with an unbeatable coastline and a tons of activities to offer. Paddleboarding in Morro Bay is a unique experience with dozens of sea lions basking in the sun and swimming next to you as you paddle. Park at Coleman Park right as Embarcadero turns to face directly at Morro Rock. Put in on the protected waters here but be aware that the northwest winds on this stretch of coast can pick up quickly, especially in spring in summer. Check the forecast before you go.

From here, you can paddle right next to Morro Rock, which gives an incredible view of this sacred landmark. If you have open-ocean experience, you can head out of the bay and paddle down the empty sandspit. Again, the wind is unpredictable here and the nearest road is miles south.

For those still looking to cover some miles but in a more mellow manner, cruising farther into the bay gives you access to grassy channels, great birding and some well-earned solitude. Check the tides before heading up here, as you don’t want to be stranded up a muddy channel waiting for the water to fill in.

Eats: After your paddle, enjoy some of the best seafood on the Central Coast at one of our many delicious restaurants along Morro Bay, including Harbor Hut and the Great American Fish Company. If seafood’s not your thing, Taco de Mexico is a killer below-the-border burrito spot on Main. Take a stroll—if you can—along the street to find some treasures in our unique shops. Morro Bay is the perfect place for a getaway weekend for two or with the whole family.

Shops: Morro Bay Standup Paddleboarding

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Urban Paddle Guide Info

Welcome to the 2015 Urban Paddle Guide presented by SUP ATX! Our mission is simple: build the best online resource for padding in towns and cities across the United States. Every urban area has unique places to paddle and we want your help finding out where those are! Enter your town in the Urban Paddle Guide now by sending us a picture(s), a brief description (no more than 350 words), then telling us about shops, restaurants and other resources as part of the entry form.

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