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

Come experience Los Osos & Baywood like the locals.

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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
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
Here you may see the wild turkey showcasing his feathers in his mating ritual or several deer grazing on the grass in the nearby field. More Details
Perfect for the active visitor with photography, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle, bike rides, wine tasting, golf and fishing all available nearby. More Details
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Events in Los Osos & Baywood

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May
7
Morro Bay
Our Mind Walks series offers lectures on topics of interest to residents of the Central Coast, including cultural history, natural history, and current issues. 
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May
7
San Luis Obispo
The show includes jewelry, glass, paintings, wood, ceramics, textiles, and MORE!
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May
15
Spring Barefoot Concerts on the Green
May 15 to June 26, 2021
From: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Los Osos
Join us for live music, barefoot dancing on the putting green, connecting with friends and family
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Oct
9
Open Studios Art Tour
October 09 to October 17, 2021
San Luis Obispo County
Free to the public, fine artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their process.
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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With a focus on flaky pastries and rustic breads, this little shop is open on Sunday mornings for takeaway orders. More Details
Offering a wide variety of carefully crafted plates that give diners a taste of local flavor and coastal California culture. More Details
A long time favorite in Los Osos, Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant is always a great choice for lunch or dinner. More Details

Authentic, Mexican food served up with a view of the Pacific

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