The Central Coast: Where Wildlife Abounds

Moonstone Boardwalk

It’s important to remember there are some great nature activities you can enjoy on the Central Coast. Lucky for us, California Highway 1 Discovery Route has put together a list of eight outdoor activities for you to discover:


  1. Cayucos Land Conservancy Nature Walks - Hike four miles of trail and watch whales and birds in the breathtaking Estero Bluffs State Park.


  1. Kayak Back in Time to Port San Luis Lighthouse - Paddle to the beautiful Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, California and see what sea life you can spot on the way. 


  1. El Moro Elfin Forest Nature Walks - Supporting more than 200 species of plants, 110 kinds of birds and 22 species of mammals, the Elfin Forest is overflowing with nature's gifts.


  1. Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Nature Walks - Bring your family, your dog (on a leash), your bike or sturdy walking shoes, and enjoy the quiet, the wildlife and the coastal views.


  1. Visit Oso Flaco - Watch wildlife and explore native plants in a serene setting, home to a diverse array of birds and other animals.


  1. Sea Otter Spotting - Bring along your camera, a pair of sturdy shoes, and your sense of adventure to spot these sweet, funny creatures.


  1. Seaweed Foraging Tour - Fun, educational, and low impact private foraging tours collect many species of delicious, edible seaweed.


  1. Visit the Whale Trail Locations and Spot Marine Life - Six incredible whale watching viewpoints stand along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.


There’s plenty to do on the Central Coast outdoors. You’ll have your day packed with outdoor activities where wildlife awaits, all while ditching the crowds. We hope you’ll plan for a future visit at one of our Cambria properties: Sea Otter Inn, Cambria Pines Lodge or The J. Patrick House