Blue Sail Inn, Morro Bay, California

Morro Bay, California’s Best-Kept Secret

No road trip along California’s stunning Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is complete without visiting Morro Bay and the Blue Sail Inn.

Of course, there are other Pacific Coast road trips you can take, but Morro Bay is located spank in the middle of the most famous road trip in the world: the Pacific Coast Highway PCH Route 1 drive!

Morro Bay is not just “THE place to get away from it all”. I would go as far as saying the place is one of California’s best-kept secrets for where to get total rest and relaxation in quiet, beautiful surroundings.

And there is so much to see and to do here! The Morro Bay Fisherman’s Wharf will make you feel you are right in the middle of a mini-San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, minus the crowds!

Blue Sail Inn, Morro Bay’s Best Hotel

Hotel street view
View from the hotel room balcony at the Blue Sail Inn. The hotel extends on both sides of the street you see on the picture. Photo:

Morro Bay has quite a few lodging opportunities. I have stayed at most of them over the years.

Only one hotel excels above the rest in terms of location, comfort, cleanliness, friendliness, view, and amenities.

I am referring to the Blue Sail Inn, overlooking Morro Bay’s famous Morro Rock

Most rooms have balconies and a stunning view of the Rock. Don’t miss the breakfast included every morning. It’s simple but good. 

The average temperature in Morro Bay tends to be on the cooler side year-round, but there is a pool at the hotel, for those who enjoy a chilled outdoors water experience.

Downtown Morro Bay Attractions

Once at this hotel you can park your car and walk to all the downtown attractions. 

Within walking distance you can experience things like the Fisherman’s Wharf, the California Sea Lions, shopping at the wharf, and lots of great restaurants and bars.

The Rock is also within a 15-minute walking distance at a normal pace.

Tidelands Park is an only five-minute walk from the wharf. It’s great for family fun, where you can hand-feed the squirrels, the pelicans, and the seagulls.

For the more adventurous I’d recommend a kayak rental to go discovering the sandbanks in the estuary surrounding the coastal portion of the town.

Regardless of what you choose to do, you will be overcome by an immense comfortable feeling of rest and relaxation, which is hard to find in today’s bustling world.

Balcony view at Blue Sail
A stunning view of the Rock from the Estero-room at Blue Sail Inn. Photo:

Attractions near Morro Bay

Here are three excursions you can take out of Morro Bay, worth the short drive:

Museum of Natural History

This one is great for adults and kids alike. The natural environment around Morro Bay is presented in a fun, educational, and easy to understand way.  It’s located about 10 minutes from the Wharf by car.

San Luis Obispo and wineries

San Luis Obisbo (also referred to as SLO) is a charming town inland. It is full of wineries, with a slow, non-stress “feel”.

Hearst Castle

Drive about 20 minutes north on the Pacific Coast Highway, and you’ll experience this humongous castle built by the newspaper magnate Randolph Hearst.  

Experience the Pacific Coast Highway drive

You don’t have to physically go on a Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) road trip to discover the spectacular sights, such as Morro Bay. 

Simply go here and soak it all in from the convenience of your own computer, in this very popular article about a road trip along the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway.

The Rock in Morro Bay
Morro Rock. Photo:
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