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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Open Studios Tour
October 12 to October 20, 2019
San Luis Obispo (County)

ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tour (OSAT) is one of the largest Open Studios in the country, with over 200 artists participating annually by opening their studios for visitors to tour

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20
San Luis Obispo
Join Toltec Spiritual Leader, Armando Cruz Sanchez, for an experiential workshop. 
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Mindfulness Meditation at SLO Botanical Garden
August 21 to December 18, 2019
San Luis Obispo
Join meditation guide Dawn Feuerberg for a clear, concise, and practical meditation guidance. 
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Herbal Medicine Series
August 30 to October 25, 2019
San Luis Obispo
Join Dr. Anne Kennard for a series on herbal medicines at the SLO Botanical Garden. 
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Where to Eat in Los Osos & Baywood

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The Best Surprises Come in Small Packages: Noi’s Little Thai Restaurant More Details
All your sandwich favorites plus salads and more are at Subway in Los Osos.  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
Just-Like-Home Cookies, Cakes and More! More Details
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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
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
Great for family gatherings and close to beaches, Hearst Castle, Morro Bay and Montaña de Oro. 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
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