If you are looking to visit one of the most spectacular and pristine segments of the California coastline, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Trinidad, CA. With this list of the most popular things to do in Trinidad, CA you are sure to get the most out of your next Northern California getaway.
The small town of Trinidad, CA is located approximately 5 hours north of San Fransisco along Northern California’s Redwood Coast on Highway 101. Trinidad is a quaint town surrounded by tall trees in either direction and loated just minutes to Redwood National & State Parks. This proximity of the village makes it the perfect home base for exploring some of the world’s most mystic and awe-inspiring natural settings.
With its sandy beaches, surf-able waves, seemingly limitless hiking trails, moderate climate, and diverse selection of shops & restaurants, Trinidad CA offers countless things for visitors to see and do.
Hike The Trinidad Head Loop
Trinidad Head Loop & State Beach
This easy 1.5 mile loop located just above Trinidad State Beach offers jaw-dropping scenery of the coastline below. The high up vantage points provide some of the most amazing vistas of this majestic stretch of the Redwood Coast.
From above it all you can easily spot migrating whales from December through January and again from March through April. Seals, dolphins, and other wildlife are also commonly spotted here.
Catch Sunset at the Beach
Trinidad Beach Sunsets
The rocky shoreline along California’s redwood coast is an absolute must experience at sunset. With so many beaches to choose from your always sure to get a front row seat.
Some of our favorites include Moonstone Beach County Park, Luffenholtz Beach, and Trinidad State Beach. Regardless of which local beach you view from, you can be sure to witness some of the most captivating ocean sunsets on the entire West Coast.
Head Out On The Trinidad Harbor
Located just to the west of the Trinidad State Beach is the Trinidad Harbor & Pier. With its public boat launch and three commercial fishing charters, the Trinidad Harbor offers plenty of opportunities for ocean excursions.
Kayak Trinidad is the Redwood Coast’s premiere paddlesports instruction & guiding center based in the beautiful seaside village of Trinidad, California. Whether you’re new to ocean paddling or a salty veteran, Kayak Trinidad offers a variety of options for all levels of paddler. From kayak & paddleboard rentals to beginner friendly lessons and whale & wildlife tours, Kayak Trinidad can help you achieve your goals.
The Trinidad Bay is home to many species of sport fish including salmon, ling cod, rock fish, surf fish, Dungeness crab, halibut and more. Book a fishing trip on the beautiful 38’ long Wind Rose which offers half-day charters as well as full-day trips. The boat is well stocked with quality fishing equipment. Whether you are experienced or not, you can expect a full day of fun on the ocean! There is also a nearby bait and tackle shop that provides fishing supplies if you would like to just fish off of the pier.
Restaurants & Cafes
The Seascape Restaurant
The Seascape Restaurant located at the entrance of the Trinidad Pier offers fresh local seafood caught daily.
Trinidad Bay Eatery
The Trinidad Bay Eatery and Gallery has been a favorite of locals, visitors and fishermen since 1975. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as some of the best homemade fudge and cinnamon rolls. Be sure to try their crab classics, including the crab benedict.
Enjoy fresh-baked scones, muffins, cookies, cakes, and other delicious treats at this local cafe & bakery. The Beachcomber Cafe serves up real, good, and locally sourced foods from local family farms.
The Lighthouse Grill is your source for American dining and take-out in Trinidad, California. Everything fresh and homemade; burgers, sandwiches, bread that is made in house daily, homemade ice cream, fresh local fish, hand cut fries, homemade sodas; nothing processed or artificial. Perfect place for casual dining after a day of exploring the Redwood Coast Beaches.
If you in the mood for something a little more upscale sample the eclectic fine dining at Larrupin Cafe in Trinidad, California. Dine indoors or outdoors on their beautiful (and heated) garden patio. The menu at Larrupin is fresh, local, and seasonal and will not disappoint. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Visit Unique Shops
You can find several cool little gift shops and galleries located in the Town of Trinidad CA. From fine art, jewelry, home decor, antiques, and touristy stuff, there is a little bit of something for everyone.
Check out The Trinidad Trading Co., The Sea Around Us, WindanSea, as well as Moonstone Crossing Wine Tasting for a variety of unique gifts and local treasures.
Surfer at Moonstone Beach
Best Surf Beaches
While you will find some of Northern California’s best beaches in Trinidad, the most popular for surfing is Moonstone Beach. Here you will find a beach break that is very consistent and great to surf all around the year.
College Cove is another popular surf spot amongst the locals.
Paddle at Humboldt Lagoons State Park
The Humboldt Lagoons State Park consists of Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon, as well as Dry Lagoon, which is now a marsh. It is Stone Lagoon though that boasts some of the finest paddling in Northern California.
Along the 6-mile shoreline of Stone Lagoon paddlers can take in the scenery of redwood groves set against an exquisite backdrop. There are often sightings of elk, deer, bears, and otters here also.
Where To Stay
Trindad CA Lodging
Amongst all of the local area lodging option available, Vacation Rentals provide the most versatility & convenience. There are many properties conveniently located within the town of Trinidad, close to beaches, trails, and the downtown area.
With so much adventure and exploring to be done in and around Trinidad CA, it is easy to lose track time. But should you find yourself with extra time during your stay, vacation rentals allow you to enjoy the many amenities of unique properties such as hot-tubs, saunas, ping-pong tables, bikes, fire-pits, bbqs, views, the list goes on.
Whether you are seeking something in the heart of downtown, beachside, or pet-friendly, there are several options available for you in Trinidad. The local area property managers have extensive knowledge of the area and are always happy to assist guests in having the best Trindad vacation possible.
Casago Redwood Coast
P.O. Box 4424
Arcata, CA, 95521