Estero Bluffs State Park is not obviously signposted from Hwy 1, indicated only by small notices at some of the parking areas, all of which are on the southwest side of the road. The cliffs along the coast are only about 20 feet high, and the adjacent land is mostly level apart from a few slight hills, so the ocean is in full view from the highway. California poppies and other flowers grow profusely in spring, on the grassy flats and cliff edges. Short paths lead to the ocean from the parking areas, and another runs all along the water's edge, generally right by the ocean, but cutting inland in some places to cross small, steep-sided gullies; the longest hike is about 4 miles, between the furthest two parking areas. It is quite easy to climb down to the many tiny beaches and rocky areas along the way, though some parts of the cliffs are somewhat unstable due to erosion. From southeast to northwest, landmarks include San Geronimo Creek
, a year-round stream that forms a narrow lagoon just below the highway, rocky Cayucos Point
just beyond - the southernmost place in the park, Estero Bay
, a broad inlet bordered by a narrow beach, and a much wider beach right at the north edge of the park, leading to Villa Creek
, which also flows through a lagoon just inland.
Map of Estero Bluffs State Park