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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Events in Los Osos & Baywood

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Jul
15
San Luis Obispo
This class will support you and help you stay vital during these uncertain times
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Jul
25
Rock to Pier Run
July 25, 2020
Morro Bay
This event is cancelled.
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Sep
26
Morro Bay
Bike along the beautiful coast of the county, reaching as far as Piedras Blancas Lighthouse before turning around.
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Oct
6
Central Coast Arthritis Bike Classic
October 06 to October 08, 2020
San Luis Obispo County
The ride takes place from October 6-7, 2020 and is expected to raise over $1 million dollars.
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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We don't just make the best sandwiches...we build them! More Details
"The last honest pizza" company also offers pastas, salads and more. More Details
A unique restaurant in Los Osos, featuring Mexican and Italian food. More Details
The menu, an ever evolving reflection of our farm and the surrounding waters, was designed and is prepared by Chef Thomas Drahos.  More Details
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Where to Stay in Los Osos & Baywood

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The Back Bay Inn is a peaceful, quiet Bed and Breakfast nestled on the shore of Morro Bay on California's Central Coast.  We invite you to unplug, relax, and recharge... More Details
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
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
Explore We are only minutes away from the Cal Poly Campus and Downtown SLO and a short drive to Montaña de Oro State Park, Baywood, Morro Bay and Pismo Beach. We have many wine tasting rooms and award winning vineyards to choose from. Hike, bike or kayak to see the sites from the water or […] More Details
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