Wish We Were Here: Morro Bay Travel Tips, Pics and Packing List from SWELL Marketing’s Kristin
September 5, 2013

As we came closer to Labor Day, I found myself itching for an outdoor adventure. After all, September is the Monday of months because it marks the end of tan skin, perfect weather and pink sunsets…So I felt as if I had to go out with a bang!  Of course, my whim of wanderlust lead me to Morro Bay—A seaside village just North of San Luis Obispo. It is an easy drive straight up the scenic Highway 1.

Read on for my packing list and travel tips from the weekend…

* I’m addicted to cut offs paired with a bikini. This reversible (to black) Mandalynn swim bikini doubles as a crop top, making it a packing must.
Pictured: Mandalynn Bikini / Billabong Cut-Off Shorts

* A comfy sweatshirt…perfect for overcast weather to throw on when the beach gets a little chilly.
Pictured: Billabong Hoodie

* A fun pair of sunnies.
Pictured: Replay Sunglasses

* A dress that works from day to night–paired with booties for a killer bar look!
Pictured: RVCA Dress / UGG Boots


Day one was a beautiful overcast day in the bay, so we decided to venture out to the local hikes. In hopes of waking the sun gods, I wore my Wellen ‘Suns Out Guns Out’ Tank, although I did not have much luck.

Hike: The Black Hill Trail is located in Morro Bay State Park and is a 661-foot volcanic peak. The walk up the trail is .06 miles, so it is extremely easy and extremely stunning once you’ve reached the top. Once you walk back down, you can make a left for a longer hike (about 3 miles) with views of the wetlands below.

Beach: On day two we hit the beach, which was only a 10 minute walk from our bungalow. The sand was soft and lined with a ton of washed up sand dollars and shells. Up ahead was the large volcanic rock that was swarmed with flying seagulls and surrounded by surfers braving the cold water.

Kayak: Rent a kayak and be prepared for…nature. The back bay is not shy of wild life, as we were dive bombed by a flock of pelicans and surrounded by a herd of seals. The seals also sunbathe on a dock in the center of the bay, and they let you get pretty close to them in your kayak. I would recommend wearing a bikini or boardshorts because you get splashed a bit. (Rentals from Kayak Horizons)

EAT, DRINK, and go to SLO:
For nighttime activities, we took a drive to downtown San Luis Obispo and hit the local bars. Lucky for us we caught a live show of ten local bands, and the bar was popping! The locals were welcoming and even shared other spots that were must-sees. SLO has a charm about it; even the restrooms were inspiring (reference above photo).

* Louisa’s place was the place we went for breakfast in San Luis Obispo–literally THE best biscuits! ((add butter and strawberry jelly…omgggg))

* Head to Higuera Street, where you’ll find no shortage of liquidation options
* The World Surf Lounge Creeky Tiki (pictured above): They serve a darn good shot-ski (a ski with 4 shot glasses on it)
* Frog and Peach Pub: Live music and local bands. It gets pretty packed, but the locals are friendly–so it’s ok to rub some shoulders.
* The Library: Go there for dancing and old school (yes, this is an appropriate time to use that term) rap/hip hop. Drinks were reasonably priced, but they had a $10 minimum.
* Last Stop: Bubble Gum alley on Higuera Street

…and more beach.

Have any great Morro Bay or SLO trip tips? Share in the comments below.