Estero Bluffs

State Park

Estero Bluffs State Park

Views and trails, bluffs and dunes, animals and tide pools – all of these are found along this pristine 4-mile stretch of Central Coast seashore. A protected marine terrace, Estero Bluffs provides stellar whale-watching during the migration season (December – March).

Where is it?

Just north of Cayucos, Estero Bluffs State Park stretches along the coast, between Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean. Parking is available along Highway 1 at San Geronimo Road.


Chumash and Salinian people lived here for at least 10,000 years. Rich in natural resources, the area provided an environment that people could easily adapt to. Don Gaspar de Portolá arrived to the area in 1769, and the founding of missions and European occupancy followed, decimating the native population.


Once the missions were established, cattle grazing flourished on the land. Much of the land that now comprises the park was granted to Rafael José Serapio Villavicencio in 1842. A few property sales and a development plan later, residents of Cayucos decided to stop development and protect the land as open space. Today, the Cayucos Land Conservancy has a perpetual conservation easement on the park, which limits activities to day-use only.


As an undeveloped park, Estero Bluffs has no wheelchair access as of today. There are no restrooms or water; horses and bicycles are not permitted. Dogs are allowed only on the south side of the park, south of San Gerónimo Creek. Hours are from 6am – sunset.

Activities at Estero Bluffs