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. Just north of Cayucos, Estero Bluffs State Park stretches along the coast, between Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean. A protected marine terrace, Estero Bluffs provides stellar whale watching during the migration season (December – March). Click here to access the State Parks webpage.
Chumash and Salinian people lived here for at least 10,000 years. Rich in natural resources, the area provided an environment to which people could easily adapt. Don Gaspar de Portolá arrived to the area in 1769, and the founding of missions and European occupancy followed, decimating the native population. 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 succeeded in stopping the project and protect the land as open space. Today, the Cayucos Land Conservancy has a perpetual conservation easement on the park.