Morro Bay is the perfect place to try standup paddle boarding (SUP). Paddleboarding gives guests the ability to get out on the water and enjoy nature at their own pace.
If you've never tried standup paddleboarding before, don't worry. You can take a lesson or go on a guided tour for a little extra help. Paddling a SUP is easy. You can start by sitting or kneeling on the paddleboard before standing up. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be amazed at how comfortable and stable a SUP can be.
Before You Head Out
Before you head out, check the weather conditions and the tides. You don't want to paddle if the winds are too strong, and you'll want to avoid shallow waters if the tide is low. Your rental provider can help you check the weather and make a good decision.
Also, please be careful in your interactions with wildlife. The sea otters are cute, but please give them at least 100 feet of space so they can continue with their day without interruption. Marine mammals and nesting shorebirds should also be given a wide berth to prevent disruption.
Several SUP rental companies in Morro Bay will rent you a board and show you the ropes.
Best Places to SUP in Morro Bay
Morro Bay Estuary
Morro Bay Estuary features flat water paddling with beautiful vistas and abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing. Paddlers can enjoy seeing Morro Rock from the water and watching various tributaries flow into the bay. Paddlers with their boards can park at Coleman Park and paddle straight to Morro Rock.
This stretch is hard to paddle in northwest winds, so make sure you check the weather forecast before departing.
Paddlers often see shorebirds, playful otters, and sea lions enjoying Morro Bay. Experienced paddlers can head out of the bay and paddle the sandspit. Paddlers looking to experience more inland waters can check out the grassy tributaries, which offer excellent birding and solitude.
Widow Walls is in the lee of Morro Rock and a good spot to try SUP surfing. This beach sometimes has waves, and paddlers can see what SUP surfing is like while enjoying beach-side paddling.
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park offers several good launch points for exploring the coast by paddleboard. You can launch at the State Park dock and enjoy a scenic paddle in this beautiful park if you have your board.
SUP Rentals in Morro Bay
Paddle Morro Bay offers rental paddle boards or a guided nature tour.
Join Paddle Morro Bay on a guided nature tour. Morro Bay is a protected harbor, making this tour perfect for beginners. Paddlers can learn all about the different types of animals and marine algae in this unique environment.
Paddlers will learn about shorebirds, sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions. Most of the bay's marine life hides under the surface and in rocks. The paddling guide will point out the fascinating smaller and often overlooked creatures that make up an essential part of this environment.
Rock Kayak offers kayak and SUP Rentals. They also offer lessons, so you can learn to paddle right here in beautiful Morro Bay if you are a first-time paddler.
Morro Bay Landing offers Hobie SUPs for rent. Experienced staff will show you the basics, and then you can enjoy paddling Morro Bay.
Enjoy Relaxing in Morro Bay
Standup paddleboarding offers a great way to relax and enjoy scenic Morro Bay. Before you head out on the water, check out our favorite breakfast spots Morro Bay to power your day of paddling.