Explore Bird Migration in the Irish Countryside, Mountain Bike in New Zealand, and Hike Coastal Mountains in South Africa all on California’s Central Coast


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The quaint towns of Los Osos and Baywood Park located on the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) are hidden gems offering other-worldly experiences without the cost of airfare. Surrounded by a tidal national estuary to the north housing over 250 local and migratory birds, a coastal mountain region to the south offering views of the mighty Pacific for avid hikers and mountain bikers, and, one heck of a CA state park, the best advantage is all these bucket list items are located in California.

There’s a lot to do in the area, especially if you like spectacular ocean and bay views while you hike, bike, paddle, surf or sail. Montaña De Oro is one of the largest coastal state parks in California and offers an abundance of hiking and biking trails where finding the ultimate in peace, quiet, and tranquility abound. Birders visiting this region will want to check out the “Pecho Road Willows,” a primitive trail that offers a number of rare birds throughout the year. From pelicans and long-billed curlews to finches and sparrows, many of the birds live here year-round, while other species visit during their annual migrations along the coast. Trails and parks are a great place to watch our feathered friends, or you can always take up a hike along the coastal sand dunes or kayak the bay to explore the abundant shore birds.  

Los Osos and Baywood Park make the perfect base camp to explore the entire Central Coast because they’re centrally located and easy to access from Highway 1 or Highway 101. And, Baywood Park is becoming known for great local live music performances in the afternoon and early evening hours at the local pier, restaurants and pubs.

Check these items off your bucket list in Los Osos and Baywood Park: 

Get Active at Montaña de Oro State Park 

Hike the Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Learn about the El Moro Elfin Forest 

Go Birding at the Morro Bay Estuary

Dance, Kayak or Imbibe at the Baywood Park Marina 

Wildlife Watch at The Whale Trail

Go Tide Pool Exploring

For more info on the activities above, please check here.

As you can see, Los Osos and Baywood Park are the perfect towns to call your base camp for exploring the entire Central Coast. Check out the official visitor guide, which is also available for free in print format at all Los Osos and Baywood hotels and vacation rentals as well as any of the advertisers found here. Happy exploring!

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