Located in San Luis Obispo County, California, Morro Bay is a city on the Pacific Ocean that can boast about 10,000 permanent residents. The lovely Mediterranean climate of the city draws visitors to stay in vacation rentals in Morro Bay during all four seasons of the year. Indeed, Morro Bay has been a Mecca for tourists since the 20th century began, and tourism in the 21st century remains the single biggest industry, with many locals running bars, restaurants, and gift shops that cater to those who come to see the famed Morro Rock.
Technically a 'volcanic plug', Morro Rock is an enormous rock standing in the waters of Morro Bay, extending a vertical distance of more than 550 feet above the waterline. The rock marks the entrance to the harbor and is an unforgettable sight for anyone who has ever visited this beach town.
Although there is a causeway connecting Morro Rock to the shoreline, humans are no longer permitted direct access to the rock itself because their presence might disturb the endangered species that makes the rock its home: the peregrine falcon. Other species endemic to the area include the Western seagull, which flocks here in droves during the spring and summer months.
Sometimes climbers try to evade the regulations and scale the rock, but this is not recommended as it has led to injuries at times.
Morro Bay is a lovely area for boaters because the nature of the harbor channel means that only smaller watercraft are able to make the passage.
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