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

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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
A second floor observation deck to enjoy the ocean views from 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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Apr
24
San Luis Obispo
Native habitat restoration is one way staff fulfill State Park’s mission to protect and restore outstanding and representative examples of California’s natural values.
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Apr
30
Spring Plant Sale
April 30 to May 02, 2021
From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
San Luis Obispo
Are you gearing up for fall planting?
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Apr
30
San Luis Obispo
The show includes jewelry, glass, paintings, wood, ceramics, textiles, and MORE!
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May
4
Shen Yun
May 04 to May 05, 2021
San Luis Obispo
We invite you on an inspiring journey into one of humanity's greatest treasures — five millennia of Chinese civilization.
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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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
We don't just make the best sandwiches...we build them! More Details
Lotus Thai Cuisine is your destination for noodles, curries, soups, rolls and more in Los Osos. The menu is a combination of Asian favorites and California twists on Thai classics. More Details
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