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.
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Join meditation guide Dawn Feuerberg for a clear, concise, and practical meditation guidance.
Come and enjoy some light holiday-themed refreshments, learn about your favorite local state park, shop for exceptional holiday gifts and take advantage of exclusive sale items. December 13th, 11am – 2pm at the Monarch Grove, Pismo State Park, 400 S. Dolliver St, Pismo Beach. Stroll through the Monarch Grove and shop the Trailer store for […]
Every winter we’re happy to offer locals and visitors alike the best music experience available on the Central Coast with our Winter Music Concert series. Running November 16th through April 11th, concerts begin at 5pm and continue until 7pm every Saturday. In addition to the live music, we also have refreshing food and beverages. No […]
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Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday December 14th at 1PM at the Garden’s education Pavilion as we celebrate the release of the Fifth Edition of 128 of Our Best gardening book for drought-minded landscaping on the central coast. This book release party will include refreshments provided by California Fresh Market, […]
Travel Articles about Los Osos & Baywood
Read about why Los Osos & Baywood is the perfect California Highway 1 road trip for those seeking a special California beach town experience.
The Central Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the U.S., and certainly on the West Coast. Visitors can find a spectrum of options, with ideal beaches for sunbathing, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, surfing, tidepooling, doggie fun or even dune-driving. More Details
The Whale Trail is a series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans and marine mammals from shore. More Details
Hiking along the Highway 1 Discovery Route showcases the diversity of this abundant place. From Ragged Point to Nipomo, each corner of coastal SLO CAL has its own distinctive flora, fauna, and history. More Details
Sea Pines Golf Course is home to the Central Coast Golf Trail. More Details
Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood
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Meat-lovers and vegetarians alike can find something delicious on the Domino's menu. More Details
A unique restaurant in Los Osos, featuring Mexican and Italian food. More Details
The Clubhouse Grill serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, daily specials, and a children's menu seven days a week. We also have early bird dinners and a happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm. More Details
Nichol's Pizza-N-Grill serves traditional and gourmet pizza selections, as well as calzones, garlic bread, wings, salads, burgers and more. More Details
Where to Stay in Los Osos & Baywood
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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
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
This amazing bay front home has incredible views of Morro Bay from every room. More Details
Home is on secluded 4 acres with wonderful ocean views and sounds of the ocean. More Details
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