Find your way to the Back Bay
While roaming the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route, between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, the Back Bay of Baywood Park is a must-see discovery. Truly ‘off-the-beaten-path’, the Back Bay offers a seductively serene marina pier, charming lodging, and locals’ favorite cuisine and craft beers.
The current pier in Baywood Park started with fundraising efforts by the Chamber of Commerce in 1955. During a large storm in 1983 the pier was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. A group known as the Baywood Navy has taken over maintenance of the pier and paints it annually for the Boatzart in the Bay concert, held on the pier.
Welcoming you to the marina pier is Udderly Osos, the Cow Parade cow inspired by the Los Osos heritage (Osos means bear in Spanish) and the laid back recreation of the Bay.
Bayfinders are invited to kayak, paddleboard or stroll along the pristine waterfront of the Back Bay Inn. Other nearby lodging options include: The Baywood Inn, Sea Pines Golf Resort and several vacation rentals found here.
The Back Bay Cafe, which shares a small parking lot with the Marina Pier and Back Bay Inn, features delicious breakfast and lunch in a relaxing, picture-perfect setting.
Known by locals as the “Cheers of Baywood,” nearby Baywood Ale House is the place to come in and have a pint and strike up a conversation. Constantly rotating 16 taps, you’ll always find a craft stout, pale, and lager. The menu—boasting zero fried foods, lots of organic meats, and fresh, farmers’ market produce—make it worth a dinner trip alone.
San Luis Obispo County natives will freely advise you: No Bayfinding excursion to Los Osos and Baywood Park should go without a lunch at the famous Noi’s Little Thai Takeout! The classic “hole in the wall” place that every traveler dreams of finding. The limited menu is authentic, with every order cooked fresh in single portions. Read reviews here.