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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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
Beautifully appointed fully equipped cottage one block from the bay. More Details
Complete privacy. No other occupants on site. 2 minute walk to the water at the Back Bay of Morro Bay (please check map). Perfect for the active visitor with photography, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle, bike rides, wine tasting, golf and fishing. Backyard landscaped with patio furniture, umbrella, corn hole set and BBQ. Garage has […] More Details
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Events in Los Osos & Baywood

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Mar
20
Succulents Workshop
March 20, 2021
San Luis Obispo
Save the date for a talk about succulents by local landscape designer and author, Gabriel Frank. Learn what to grow in SLO County and then create your own attractive container arrangement, with our specially curated succulents provided by SLOBG. Tickets and more information will be available soon.
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Apr
30
On Friday April 30, 2021 from 5PM – 8PM the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden will celebrate with a wine, appetizer and chocolate reception for the art show. The fine art show and sale continues through the weekend and will be open Saturday, May 1, 2021 and Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 10 AM to […]
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Nov
20
Spartan Ultra Weekend
November 20 to November 21, 2021
Santa Margarita
Spartan Trail, scheduled to be held in San Luis Obispo County at Santa Margarita Ranch, is a trail race with distances of 10k, 10k Night Run, Half Marathon and 50k.
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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
Bayside Café serves up great traditional food with a beautiful view. More Details
Tucked inside Valley Liquor is a deli offering delicious sandwiches, amazing burgers, breakfast burritos and more.  More Details
We don't just make the best sandwiches...we build them! More Details
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