You can look at it all day long, but one of these days you won't be able to resist getting in. Morro Bay is such a great town to come visit. The beaches and waterfront activities are such a relaxing way to spend the day. But there's just something about actually getting into the water that takes your experience to the next level.
Not only are the views great from the water, you'll also get an up close visit with some true locals. Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, White Pelicans, Otters, Sea Lions, Bat Rays, and who know what else, all call Morro Bay home.
There are many kayak rental shops in Morro Bay. I prefer The Kayak Shack, it's easy to find parking and is in the back part of the bay, which is my favorite part. Another great rental shop is Kayak Horizons, they have better winter hours.
If you're going out with kids, get a double kayak to share, one adult per kid. Best to have the adult in the back of the canoe to steer and paddle, while the kid can ride up front to help with the paddling as they are able.
Here are some tips for enjoying your kayak exploration in Morro Bay
Pay Attention to the Tides
As the tide comes in, the water will be flowing from the harbour mouth towards the back of the bay, and the opposite direction when the tide goes out. Keep this natural current in mind as you are navigating your course and use it to your advantage. It is much easier to paddle with the current than against it. Keeping track of the tide can also keep you from getting stuck in the mud when the tide goes out. It can get very shallow very quickly and you don't want to find yourself waiting hours for the tide to bring in enough water to float, or the helicopter to come rescue you.
It Can Get Windy
Keeping track of the weather patterns can be an asset when planning a kayak tour. Often, in Morro Bay, the wind can pick up in the afternoon, which can make for a bumpy ride. It also makes it a more challenging paddle when facing into the wind. But, there are plenty of days when it is still and calm as can be, and just glorious.
Kayaking is Exercise.
If you are not used to paddling, you may be surprised how tired your arms can get. This can be even more so when you have a child in the kayak with you adding extra weight. You and your child companion may get more enjoyment out of your kayak tour if you take many breaks from paddling to just float around and enjoy the scenery. Use the foot rests to help you paddle with correct form, and use those core muscles!
Wear Comfortable Clothes.
Chances are, you won't fall in, but I always like to plan for the worst. Don't wear your rolex, don't bring your phone (unless you can waterproof it), and have a change of clothes ready in the car. Even if you stay in your kayak the whole time, sometimes you get drips of water from paddling and you may get a bit wet.
Sunscreen and Water
Put on plenty of sunscreen and bring your water. Even in the fog (which happens often in Morro Bay) you can still get sun burned, so don't forget to cover up. A sun hat is another great way to keep the sun off you. Water and even some snacks are always a good idea, especially when you've got the kids with you.
Lisa, at The Risky Kids has some more great tips for kayaking with kids in a river.
Coast and Kayak Magazine talks more on safety while kayaking including proper lifejacket requirements.