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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

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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
Beautifully appointed fully equipped cottage one block from 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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Morro Bay Art in the Park
May 28 to September 05, 2022
Morro Bay
This annual show offers artists and crafts people a high quality outdoor setting to display and sell their wares to an appreciative audience.
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Central Coast Renaissance Festival
July 16 to July 17, 2022
San Luis Obispo
See knights in full battle armor demonstrating their fighting skills. This was so popular at the last festival that we just had to bring them back.
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Festival Mozaic
July 23 to July 30, 2022
San Luis Obispo County
The Festival Mozaic summer concert series takes place every summer throughout the county.
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Central Coast Arthritis Bike Classic
September 10 to September 17, 2022
San Luis Obispo County
The ride takes place each fall and aims to raise over $1 million dollars. Approximately 350 arthritis patients, families and supporters who are recruited by our staff will cycle over 525 miles raising funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation along Highway One. This event is marketed and publicized nationwide, with a focus in the […]
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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Tucked inside Valley Liquor is a deli offering delicious sandwiches, amazing burgers, breakfast burritos and more.  More Details
Just-Like-Home Cookies, Cakes and More! More Details

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

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Los Osos Mexican Market is known for serving up delicious burritos, tacos, chili verde and more. More Details
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