There are several major habitat types present.
1. Coastal conifer forest. Dry and relatively open, but close enough to the sea to be significantly enriched by marine aerosols and reliable morning fog. Dominated by Pinus spp. Typical hypermaritime epiphytic lichen flora.
2. Monterrey cypress grove. Situated on a rocky bluff surrounded on three sides by the sea. Very open and exposed to fog and sea spray. Almost entirely dominated by Cupressus macrocarpa. The lichenological highlight is a spectacular community of the otherwise uncommon Dendrographa leucophaea and D. alectoroides (see observation 69289 and observation 13476 for discussion).
3. Coastal scrub / chaparral. The bluffs overlooking the sea are typical bare of trees, covered instead with a dense growth of scrub oak and other species. If you can brave the thicket, this is a particularly excellent place to study Ramalina spp. and Niebla cephalota.
4. Coastal bluffs. Granitic outcrops high above the spray zone. Very dry in terms of rain, but humidity is extremely abundant and reliable. Since chlorolichens (those containing green algae as their photobiont) can photosynthesize in humidity as low as 80%, this provides an ideal habitat that is virtually globally unique (occurring also along the northern Chilean coast and to a lesser extent the Canary Islands). Trails run right along the edge of the bluff in a number of places, giving ready access to a number of spectacular lichen communities. This is the place to study the six? saxicolous species of Niebla.
5. Sea stacks and spray zone. Closer to the sea, especially where sea birds congregate, is a highly enriched habitat on exposed but rarely inundated granitic outcrops. Species of Caloplaca are particularly abundant. There is also at least one excellent population of Dendrographa near the Monterrey Cypress grove.