Best Dog-Friendly Day in Morro Bay

Morro Bay is one of the most relaxed beaches in California.  And like much of the Central Coast, it feels like the California of 20 years ago….when there were a lot less people!  I grew up in San Clemente, a laid-back surf town in Orange County ~ that has now turned “hip.”  Morro Bay reminds me of the San Clemente from my childhood, when life was simpler, & people were a little kinder.  I recently took a Highway One road trip with my canine sidekick, Dylan ~ & we’ll walk you through the best dog-friendly day in Morro Bay here…

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Join me & Dylan on our California Highway 1 road trip!  First stop: Morro Bay..

Map of Morro Bay

Pleasant Inn

Top Dog Coffee Bar

Morro Rock

Windows on the Waterfront

Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Morro Bay

First off, you may need a pet-friendly place to stay the night in Morro Bay…so let’s take a look at your options.  When I set to reseach hotels, I narrowed it down to five choices: with Pleasant Inn at the top of the list.  Why?  Their rooms are darling & recently-renovated, but still with a cozy feel ~ & they’re just two blocks from the water.  Plus, they’re reasonably priced ($120+/night), with the cheapest pet fee in town ($10). 

My room was on the corner, with a partial view of the ocean, as well as a kitchen.

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My king-sized room at the Pleasant Inn.

What are some other good, pet-friendly hotels in Morro Bay?  If you want to be right on the water, try Bayfront Inn on the Waterfront for $125+/night, or 436 Embarcadero Inn & Suites (well-appointed rooms) for $140+/night. 

If you like to golf, check out Inn at Morro Bay ($127+/night), located next to Morro Bay Golf Course.

Best Dog-Friendly Day in Morro Bay

Where to grab your morning joe that’s dog-friendly?  Head to Top Dog Coffee, located right in the center of town, one block from Pleasant Inn.  Yes, your dog is welcome here, & more good news? 

Breakfast is served ALL DAY!!  Open 7AM-5:30PM.

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Try the breakfast sandwich at Top Dog Coffee, then hang out on the patio with your pooch & meet some locals!

Take a Stroll on the Beach

The best thing about Morro Bay is that you’ve got plenty of coastal access: both in the harbor (where we found many barking seals), & out towards Morro Rock, & the beach just north of it.  Dylan & I strolled on the sand dunes by Morro Rock, which was an easy walk from Pleasant Inn.  Plenty of surfers were out in the water, even on a cool morning. 

When you walk back through the harbor area, pick out your favorite restaurant for dinner tonight! 

For your afternoon in Morro Bay, try: paddle-boarding (adventurous pups welcome!) or kayaking in the bay, surfing, golfing, wine-tasting with your pup at The Wine Wrangler, hiking Black Hill Trail (dog-friendly & above Morro Bay Golf Course), or head down to Avila Beach & enjoy their off-leash beach near the old pier. 

There are lots of dog-friendly options nearby…

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You can’t visit Morro Bay without taking a stroll (or a bike) along the beach. Photo courtesy of Pleasant Inn.

Dinner on the Waterfront

For a small town, you’ve got plenty of dining options here, with many located right on the waterfront.  If your pup isn’t too tired, bring him along to dog-friendly patios like Blue Skye Coastal Cafe, Dutchman’s Seafood House, or Rose’s Landing ~ all located on the Embarcadero (waterfront). 

But my pick for the best dinner in Morro Bay goes to: Windows on the Water.  You’ll need to leave your pooch behind, but it’s worth it.  To this day, it’s one of my family’s favorite seafood meals EVER.

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Windows on the Water, in Morro Bay, CA.

Best Dog-Friendly Day in Morro Bay

That rounds out my picks for a great dog-friendly day in Morro Bay.  This is a great first stop along California’s iconic Highway One, leading up towards Cambria & San Simeon, home of gorgeous Hearst Castle.  If you’re on a road trip along this stretch, check out all of my favorite off-leash dog beaches on the Central Coast….we’ve been to all of them!

xoxo Noelia & Dylan

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