California Historical Landmarks in San Mateo County
California Landmark 375
Tunitas Beach Indian Village
Cabrillo Highway at the Mouth of Tunitas Creek
6.8 Miles South of Half Moon Bay
The Portolá Expedition of 1769 discovered this Indian village on Tunitas Creek, in the southwest corner of Rancho Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purísima, the rancho was granted to José María Alviso in 1838.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation
We have been unable to locate a commemorative plaque for the Portolá Expedition Camp at the Mouth of Tunitas Creek.
Portolá Expedition of 1769
Under orders from King Carlos III of Spain, Gaspar de Portolá i Rovira and Franciscan Father John Crespi marched north from San Diego on 14 July 1769 with sixty-three soldiers and one hundred mules.
Their destination was Monterey Bay, but they missed the fog-shrouded bay and instead became the first documented Europeans to see the San Francisco Bay.
Just seven years later, Spain founded Misión San Francisco de Asís on 29 June 1776.
The California Coastal Trail traces much of the route, and twelve California Landmarks in San Mateo County commemorate the expedition: