Wheelchair Accessible Morro Bay, CA
By Cynthia Bernstein
© 2001

When the Los Angeles city heat becomes too much in the summer, my husband, Leo, and I start dreaming of Morro Bay, 12 miles north of San Luis Obispo.  Fortunately, the little beach town located about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles is within easy reach for us—it takes us about three and one-half hours to drive there—and it offers enough wheelchair access to keep us coming back.

We stay at the El Morro Masterpiece Motel because they have one wheelchair accessible room. This spacious room has two queen-size beds, and there are grab bars in the shower and near the toilet. All rooms are non-smoking there, and the rate includes a Continental breakfast, and an all-day snack buffet. Call the hotel’s toll-free line at 1-800-527-6782.

Morro Bay isn’t a large beach resort; it’s just a simple fishing town that’s most famous for its landmark 576-foot Morro Rock, which juts out from the harbor. The “Rock,” founded by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in the 16th Century, serves as a roost for pelicans, sea gulls, falcons and seals who inhabit the area.

Get ready to slow your pace in this scenic little spot. Pick up some fish & chips and a cold drink and kick back to watch the fishing boats arrive and the fishermen unload their catch.

The Embarcadero is a fun place to shop at a variety of art galleries and gift stores, and it's easy rolling there. Here, visitors can view an ample sampling of local artists’ work, but if you’re seeking natural beauty, check out the Shell Shop for an incredible selection .

We enjoy visiting the Museum of Natural History at the Morro Bay State Park http://www.mbspmuseum.org/ There, one can learn how to identify shore birds and get acquainted with the Chumash Indians who inhabited the area long ago. The Blue Heron Rookery, is also located within the park. While no one is allowed inside the rookery, you can see the adult nestling Great Blue Herons among the eucalyptus trees. .

For food, we enjoy the Bayside Cafe at the Marina for pasta and sandwiches on State Park Rd., the Salty Pelican for seafood and Coffee 'n' Things, right across from the Second Street Pier.

Morro Bay, CA  is the perfect spot for a relaxing, low-key summer getaway.

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