About Morro Bay

Morro Bay, California, a charming seaside town of approximately 10,000 residents, is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 1.  Its main industry now is tourism, though there is still an active fishing fleet that has rebounded strongly in the past few years.

There are many places to stay (some with special Bird Festival offers - ask them about it) with three State Park Campgrounds in the immediate vicinity and many motels and vacation rentals.

Winter in Morro Bay is unpredictable.  It can be cool, with day-time highs in the 50s to 60s and lows in the 30s to 40s, although it can also be warm.  Rainy and windy weather is possible -- it rained heavily during part of the 2023 Festival, so come prepared!  Field trips go rain or shine, although boat and kayak trips may be cancelled due to poor weather.

Festival headquarters is located at the Morro Bay Community Center, which is the blue-roofed building on the right, just before the first stop sign, at 1001 Kennedy Way in Morro Bay.

Directions to the Morro Bay Community Center

DRIVING FROM THE NORTH:  Access Highway 1 from either Highway 46 West just south of Paso Robles or Highway 41 West in Atascadero.  In Morro Bay, take the Main Street exit and turn right.  At the Quintana Road traffic signal, turn left.  Turn right onto Kennedy Way.

DRIVING FROM THE SOUTH:  Access Highway 1 North from San Luis Obispo.  When you reach Morro Bay, take the Morro Bay Boulevard exit and as you enter the traffic circle, take the first right onto Quintana Road.  Turn left onto Kennedy Way.

FLYING: The nearest airport is located in San Luis Obispo, 12 miles south of Morro Bay.  United Airlines and U.S. Airways fly into the airport.  There are taxicabs, but they are rare. Use your Uber app, plan on renting a car or have someone pick you up.