MORRO BAY, Calif. - If you spend some time in the Morro Bay Harbor, there's a good chance you'll run into Gordon Peterson.
When he's not out fishing for Albacore, you can find him enjoying the view from his boat, playing his guitar, and teaching visitors a little about the area.
"Good destination, easy access to rental on equipment for paddle boards, kayaks sailboats, bay cruises, dinner cruises, really good restaurants", Peterson said."Originally the entrance to Morro Bay was on the right side of the rock but it was really shallow and the army corps of engineers came in and put in the breakwaters."
Often called the Gibraltar of the Pacific, Morro Rock, or the rock as locals like Gordon call it, formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes.
Fishermen used it for navigation for hundreds of years, and it's considered a sacred site to the Chumash and Salinan Indian tribes.
Now a state landmark and bird sanctuary, it's off limits for climbing, but certainly a majestic site that attracts visitors from all over the world.
And locals like this family from Grover Beach, who have a long tradition of coming to the harbor.
"We just love the scenery and the sea life. We've been taking these girls since they were 3 or 4", Kim Heacock said.
Whether it's taking a stroll along the embarcadero shops, restaurants, museums and inns... kayaking, paddle-boarding or taking a breakfast, dinner or cocktail bay cruise... Morro Bay certainly has something for everyone.
"The merchants are all very friendly, the food is delicious there's absolutely nothing i don't love about this place! I love the ocean the bay the beautiful air, the boats the harbor it's just what we love", said resident Margie Shiffman.
One of the most prominent fixtures in the harbor is the boats. Sport fishing is very popular among locals and tourists and the commercial fishing industry has long been an economic staple in Morro Bay.
The city even received national recognition several years ago for its efforts to preserve its historic fishing industry and rebuild it in a more sustainable fashion.
So whether you're here to work or play, Morro Bay is sure to have something to pique your interest and satisfy your soul.