3/20/2016: Morro Bay Embarcadero

We’re spending spring break in Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast. I don’t know this part of the coast all that well. Typically we just drive through on the way to somewhere else. I’m hoping the next four days will change this.

Morro Bay has what few places on the coast have: a landmark that is instantly recognizable. Morro Rock, a 576 foot high volcanic plug, guards the entrance to the harbor. It’s this feature that gives the town of 10,000 its nickname, “the Gibraltar of the Pacific.”

We’re staying in a motel right on the Embarcadero. I love being able to walk to sights, eateries and (coffee) shops without needing to drive!

Here is a collage of photos I took this afternoon:


And here are two collages featuring—what else?—succulents. You do not to look hard to find succulents in public plantings here in Morro Bay. They literally are everywhere. The Central Coast has a chronic water shortage, so planting succulents make perfect sense.

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I was very impressed with the variety of plants I saw. I think it has to do with the excellent nurseries in this area (such a Grow up the road in Cambria; I hope to stop there on Tuesday) and the outstanding landscape design talent.

As always, I will have detailed posts after I get back home..

If you aren’t already, please follow me on Instagram (from within the Instagram app search for “succulentsandmore”). When I’m on the road, I often post snapshots that don’t make it into my regular posts. I also post the same photos to my Tumblr account.


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  1. Welcome to the central coast! While your in Morro Bay be sure to walk down Cabrillo St, there is a great residential succulent garden on that street. Plus a few more in Morro heights/downtown but I forget the street names. If you talk to Nick @ Grow he can recommend many more!

    1. I photographed the succulent garden on Cabrillo St this morning. Unfortunately, I didn't meet the homeowners. They have created a true paradise, and I wanted to thank them for their gift to the neighborhood and to Morro Bay.

      Nick wasn't there when I visited Grow yesterday :(.

  2. Enjoy your break! I love the Agave 'Blue Glow' with the Senecio and those gorgeous variegated Agave attenuata.

    1. Me too! To think this is in front of a cluster of stores. These aren't throwaway plants by any means!


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