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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  • A stretch of beach and not only that is a few miles before reaching Cayucos and to which unfortunately we have spent too little time. There are also scenic spots where we had the impression, for those who can, that you can enjoy even a beautiful sunset. Maybe next time and so for now we are satisfied to have seen it even if fleetingly finding itself along the Hwy.
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  • A lovely State Park with gorgeous views of the Pacific and Morro Rock! So many opportunities for great photos!  more »
  • The terrain is very flat so not the best place to get a workout, unless your running, but this coastline is packed with beaches, tide pools, coves, shorebirds, marine mammals, small fauna, and birds of prey (I saw a burrowing owl). Waves crash against the rocky shore providing dramatic views and drowning out the highway noise. The wave action leads to chronic erosion, so the coastline is in a constant state of change. Each time I go it's s little different.
  • There are some quite impressive tidepools here with lots of hermit crabs and beautiful sunburst anemones. There are also many different types of interesting birds

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