Summer may be drawing to a close, but trips to the beach aren’t over.  In fact, now is the perfect time to visit Morro Bay!  Sunny coastal weather with clear blue skies and no crowds mark our Secret Season.  Visit during September – November and be rewarded with the perfect conditions for outdoor Moro Bay activities, wine, great events, and sunsets.     

Water Sports

Kayaking with DogThe summer crowds leave as the Indian Summer hits Morro Bay with warm temperatures throughout the fall.  Perfect weather to get on the water for paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, and fishing adventures.   

The bay offers unparalleled conditions for paddling.  It is also home to many plants and animals to discover.  Just be sure to give the animals enough space so as not to disturb them.   
Local Tip: check the tides before you go as higher tides allow for easier paddling and further access into the National Estuary

Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals:
Estero Adventure, Kayak Horizons, A Kayak Shack, Morro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding, The Paddleboard Company, & Sub Sea Tours 

Central Coast Outdoors (kayak tours from ½ day to sunset paddles), Morro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding (paddleboard nature tours of the bay), & The Paddleboard Company (SUP yoga classes)

Take on the waves with equipment rentals, break locations, and up to date surf reports found in the Surfing Morro Bay blog.  Or head out to open water on one of the local fishing charters.  Commonly found fish in Morro Bay include Rockfish, Lingcod, Halibut, Tuna, & Salmon.  And there’s still time to qualify for the Biggest Lingcod Competition for a chance to win $5,000. 


Sip & Savor2September is California Wine Month.  And with two wine regions – Edna Valley & Paso Robles – easily accessible from Morro Bay, we’re at the center of it all.  Many wine touring companies will even pick you up at your you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon of vino without worrying about transportation. 

While staying in a Morro Bay Hotel, Morro Bay’s wine tasting rooms are within walking distance – Chateau Margene, MCV Wines, Morro Bay Wine Seller, and STAX Wine Bar.  Added bonus: if you stay two consecutive nights at any Morro Bay Hotel during September or October enjoy a complementary bottle or wine

Fall Events

Morro Bay’s Secret Season is full of local festivals and special events!   

September 7 – Avocado Margarita Street Festival
About: Enjoy Morro Bay Avocados in mouth-watering avocado-themed dishes along with live music, dancing, art & crafts, and specialty vendors along the waterfront. 

September 20 – California Surfing Day
About: Morro Bay is the prefect spot to celebrate California’s official state sport with a session (or two) at the iconic Morro Rock and great lodging specials

October 4 – Morro Bay Open House
About: Kick off Harbor Festival with a late night of shopping in Morro Bay.  A great way to begin the holiday season…with some pre-holiday shopping!

October 4-6 – Morro Bay Harbor Festival
About: Newly expanded to three-days of music, food, drink, and activities to celebrate everything associated with Morro Bay’s vibrant harbor.

October 5 – Jesse King Memorial Paddle Race
About: All paddle crafts are welcome in this 3k or 10k race around the bay.

October 5 – Morro Bay Skateboard Classic
About: One-day slalom event held in downtown Morro Bay.  Sign up to compete or watch the exciting head-to-head racing down Morro Bay Boulevard. 

November 9 & 10 – WSA Surf Championship Tour
About: The Western Surfing Association is the oldest amateur surfing association in the USA.  Come down to Morro Beach to watch the action during this championship tour competition. 

Stay up to date with all the latest events by visiting the Morro Bay calendar

Sunset at the Beach with Morro RockSunsets

Over six miles of beaches that face due west make for the perfect location to take in a beautiful sunset.  As the sun dips below the ocean horizon watch as the sky is painted beautiful shades or pink and orange.  A perfect backdrop for some photos or a fire at one of the city’s firepits near Morro Rock.    

The Secret Season in Morro Bay is here.  Beautiful weather, the place to yourself, great food and wine, fun events, and outdoor activities to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset.  Now is the time to book your stay!  For more information call the Visitor Center at (805) 225-1633.