Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos

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Estero Bluffs State Park is a state park of California, United States, on Estero Bay. The park protects a grassland-dominated marine terrace that slopes from California State Route 1 to the Pacific Ocean. The property is crossed by San Geronimo and Villa Creeks and is just north of the town of Cayucos. The 353acre park was established in 2000.
Estero Bluffs has intertidal areas, wetlands, low bluffs, and coastal terraces punctuated by a number of perennial and intermittent streams and containing a pocket cove and beach at Villa Creek. The park provides habitat for a number of endangered species, including the snowy plover.
The park is made up of a coastline that stretches over 4 miles and covers more than 300 acres of land. Though the shoreline is usually no more than 300 yards away from the highway, the intentional lack of development of the land has left it very similar to its natural state.
Estero Bluffs features a variety of scenic sites along its coast. Visitors can park and see San Geronimo Creek or Villa Creek, which are small lagoons that are present year-round and filled by a constantly running creek. There are also multiple lookout points, including Cayoucos Point, Estero Bay.
The Estero Bluffs area has been home to the Native American Chumash and Salinan people for over 10,000 years. They used various resources gathered from marine and terrestrial areas of the region in order to adapt to various environmental changes. In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition passed by here. With the explorers came various European diseases that killed many of the indigenous people.
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  • One of our favorite stops to have a picnic, go tide-pooling and be surrounded by the ocean and green rolling hills.. love this area!  more »
  • Although you can't see the park sign from the road, just look for small pullins along the coast when going north on highway 1. There are different entrances to the the trail. They are flat trails...  more »
  • Love all the scenery on the central coast.51 yrs. Forever grateful never gets old. Great trail to run a working dog Aussie kelpie  more »
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  • Wonderful park for a seaside walk with plenty of safe, easy access to the beach. There's no need to climb down cliffs - just keep walking and you'll find safe access easy enough for little children and less-than-nimble adults. Also, there's usually plenty of free parking.
  • Quiet out of the publics way. Nice little walk along bluffs
  • Very cool spot to see tide pools and hang on the beach. Also was a seal playing in the surf when we visited in June 2019!
  • Great place to explore tide pools and small section of nice, quiet beach.
  • Completely peaceful and beautiful.

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