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Camping at Morro Strand State Beach

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Overview of Morro Strand State Beach

Morro Strand State Beach is a stunning coastal park in California, situated along the shoreline near the town of Morro Bay. It is known for its beautiful beaches, scenic views of Morro Rock, and opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as camping, fishing, bird watching, and beachcombing.

Camping at Morro Strand State Beach


  • The state beach offers a campground suitable for both tents and RVs, although hook-ups are not available.
  • Reservations can be made through the ReserveCalifornia website, typically up to six months in advance.
  • Campsites come equipped with basic amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings.


  • Public restrooms and coin-operated showers are available on-site.
  • There is no potable water, so campers must bring their own drinking water.


  • Check-in time is usually in the afternoon, while check-out is in the morning (specific times can be found on the reservation website or by contacting the park).
  • Quiet hours are enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Fires are only permitted in designated fire rings or camp stoves, and restrictions may apply during times of high fire danger.

Activities and Recreation

  • Swimming: The beach is ideal for swimming, but there are no lifeguard services, so caution is advised.
  • Surfing: Popular among surfers, the waves here can be excellent for both novice and experienced surfers.
  • Birdwatching: The area is home to many species of birds, providing excellent opportunities for birdwatching.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing off the beach. However, a valid California fishing license is required.
  • Nature Walks: Visitors can take leisurely walks along the beach and enjoy the views of the ocean and Morro Rock.

Local Attractions

  • Morro Rock: This iconic landmark is a volcanic plug and a protected area for nesting Peregrine Falcons.
  • Morro Bay: The charming town nearby offers great dining, shopping, and additional recreational opportunities.
  • Museum of Natural History: Located in Morro Bay State Park, this museum offers exhibits and educational activities about the area's natural history.
  • Montaña de Oro State Park: A short drive away, this park features rugged cliffs, secluded beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills.

Tips for Visiting

  • Weather: The coastal climate can be changeable, with foggy mornings and sunny afternoons. Layered clothing is recommended.
  • Wildlife: It's not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife, including sea otters, seals, and numerous bird species; always observe from a safe distance.
  • Leave No Trace: Adhere to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural environment, including packing out all trash and respecting wildlife.
  • Pets: Dogs are allowed in the campground but must be on a leash that's no longer than 6 feet. They are not permitted on the beach.

Before heading to Morro Strand State Beach for camping, always check the latest information on campground availability, weather conditions, and any park advisories that may affect your visit.

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