Sunrise and Sunset in Morro Bay

sunrise sunset Morro Bay California

Because of the way our schedule worked out, I got to watch the sun set and rise over the ocean in the small town of Morro Bay! After we arrived in town, we ate a fancy dinner then watched the sun set (this sounds so romantic haha):

Sunset Morro Bay California

I really had no idea what was up with that big rock out there. However, it’s famous enough to have its own name: Morro Rock (so original, lol).

Morro Bay Boats During Sunset

As I was taking pictures by the dock, I heard a really strange exhale/snort. When I looked down into the water, I discovered two sea lions swimming before me and Jiwon! One of them disappeared after we saw them, but the other seemed as curious as us and stuck around.

Sea Lion in Morro Bay California

I’m so used to seeing animals in zoos that I forget they came from the wild. Duh? I was surprised that these sea lions were brave enough to come so near us.

It’s also a little embarassing to admit that I got lost trying to find our car in the dark when there was only so much beachfront I could walk along…the town’s only 5 square miles! But it was all good, because on my trek back, I caught a glimpse of this:

Morro Bay Sunset California

Morro Bay Sunset California

The sunset at this later time was even more beautiful than earlier in the night.

The next morning, Jiwon and I drove to a beach close to our hotel to watch the sunrise. Let me tell you people, waking up early to watch the sun rise is so, so worth it. I always get pictures that I’m most proud of during these times (like ones in this post)!

Sunrise Morro Bay California

So early that the moon was still there!

Sunrise Morro Bay California

Sunrise Morro Bay California

A closer view of Morro Rock

It was amusing to see a bunch of sea birds pecking around the sand during this early low tide. Then all of a sudden, a stronger wave crashed in and they took off at once:

Seagull Morro Bay California Sunrise

Sunrise Morro Bay California

Sunrise Morro Bay California

Aaaand sun’s up.

Have you ever been to Morro Bay? Where have you seen the best sunsets/rises?

Thanks for reading!

23 thoughts on “Sunrise and Sunset in Morro Bay

  1. beautiful pictures! I live in southern CA and never been to Morrow Bay, never been north of LA county, I know it’s strange. Most of my travels are international.

    My favorite sunset is in El Nido, Philippines and the Amazon River for my favorite sunrise.


  2. This rock is so incredible, I’ve never seen something like that!
    I completely agree with you, waking up early to watch the sun rise is one of my favourite pleasures in life, people who sleep can’t imagine what they are missing!
    Your shots are so beautiful ♥


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  5. It looks so lovely! Visited Morro Bay at night a couple of weeks ago in search for dinner. I stayed at Cayucos (which is a bit northern) during my California trip. The best sunset I’ve encountered was during our first night in Venice Beach…I’ve got a photo on my recent blog post! It was so clear and the sun literally set in the sea and got to shoot it’s last sliver!


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