Welcome to Los Osos & Baywood

Los Osos is home to the majestic Montaña de Oro State Park. A geologist and/or naturalist’s playground, Montaña de Oro is defined by its rugged cliffs, tucked-away sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, with spectacular scenery produced through millions of years of volcanic activity, plate tectonics and erosion. Montaña de Oro is perfect for backpackers seeking solitude along quiet trails. Other trails include those for mountain biking and horseback riding. Spooner’s Cove, a beloved Montaña de Oro beach, is ideal for get-togethers, families, or sunbathing, with a seasonal stream flowing to the ocean, as well as restrooms, picnic facilities and parking.

The peaceful area of the Morro Bay Estuary that fronts Los Osos-Baywood Park offers ideal kayaking conditions. Home to 250 species of birds and a favorite destination for avid birders, the back bay offers quiet waters and a new perspective on the Central Coast, especially at sunset. Many local companies offer equipment rental, including the Kayak Shack. For tours, Central Coast Outdoors leads kayakers for half-day and full-day itineraries around the back bay, and can even add picnics or California beach-style grilled dinners upon request.

Looking for a unique hike? Walk among itty-bitty beauties at the Elfin Forest.  This pygmy oak forest features trees stunted by natural causes to heights between just four and twenty feet. A one-mile boardwalk leads visitors between the oaks and includes multiple trailheads, and provides clearance for panoramic views of the Morro Bay Estuary and nearby mountains, as well as lookout points with prime vistas for viewing wildlife. Interpretive signs share information about notable plant life within the forest, including coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe,maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, oak and manzanita complex, and of course the pygmy oaks themselves. Don’t miss docent-led nature walks in the forest focusing on different topics every second Sunday and third Saturday of the month.

Things to do in Los Osos & Baywood

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Where to Stay in Los Osos & Baywood

Plan your stay at one of the many hotels or vacation rentals in Los Osos & Baywood.

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two, an overnight stay, or an adventurous vacation, Baywood Inn bed and breakfast has a room just right for you. More Details
Sea Pines Golf Resort is nestled among grand old pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees at the southern tip of Morro Bay, and is bordered by ocean dunes, bay views and picturesque Montaña de Oro State Park More Details
I sit at the water’s edge on the tip of a small peninsula at the southern end of Morro Bay, a bird sanctuary on the rural Central Coast of California, where I enjoy unparalleled views of the Bay. More Details
Pelican Cove vacation rental is uniquely situated adjacent to the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos with stunning views of Morro Rock. More Details
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Events in Los Osos & Baywood

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Oct
22
Fall Plant Sale
October 22 to October 23, 2021
San Luis Obispo
Come shop a wide variety of plants, including natives and other drought tolerant varieties grown by the Garden’s own volunteers!
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Oct
23
Butterfly Ball Gala
October 23, 2021
San Luis Obispo
Monarch Masquerade, featuring mixology, a silent auction, performances by the Civic Ballet and other special guests, a guided art experience, delectable dining, informative speakers, and dancing to local Americana band The Mother Corn Shuckers.
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Oct
23
Zoo Boo Halloween
October 23, 2021
From: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Atascadero
The family-friendly event caters to all ages and welcomes attendees to experience a "not-too-scary" Halloween.
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Oct
28
Birds and Botany Walk at SLO Botanical Garden
October 28 to November 18, 2021
From: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
San Luis Obispo
Discover relationships between bird and plant species.
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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This beer garden style establishment is all about great beers served up with some good food and friendly people. More Details
Los Osos Mexican Market is known for serving up delicious burritos, tacos, chili verde and more. More Details
A long time favorite in Los Osos, Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant is always a great choice for lunch or dinner. More Details
Bayside Café serves up great traditional food with a beautiful view. More Details
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