Trinidad (Chetco-Tolowa: tvm-sray-me’; Karuk: áas uyâahitihirak; Yurok: Chuerew; Wiyot: Da'guchwayawik, "land is curved") is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8 miles (13 km) north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15 miles (24 km) north of the college town of Arcata. Situated at an elevation of 174 feet (53 m) above its own North Coast harbor, Trinidad is one of California's smallest incorporated cities by population (367 residents in 2010, up from 311 residents in 2000). Trinidad is noted for its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks, part of the California Coastal National Monument, of which Trinidad is a Gateway City. Fishing operations related to Trinidad Harbor are vital to both local tourism and commercial fishery interests in the region.
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4.5 based on 130 reviews
This is a huge sprawling public beach which is open to the public. The wind sweeps across, but you can walk for what seems like miles and there were few people there when we visited. Many locals were walking their dogs. We walked and viewed the rock formations while our boys ran around and threw toys to the local dogs. It gives visitors a sense for the vastness and openness of a Pacific coast beach, which can be rare on the CA end. The beach reminded me of the Olympic Coast in WA.
4.5 based on 396 reviews
A little-known state park that offers a re-creation of a Yurok village, campsites and hiking trails to fine beaches.
We went here once spontaneously and then again intentionally. It was by far the highlight of our trip to Northern California. We did find a few true agates at Agate Beach, and spotted 2+ migrating grey whales from Wedding Rock on New Year's Day. Some trails are accessible for those with differing abilities, but not most. Tide pools were great, mostly anemone and starfish.
4.5 based on 74 reviews
This is definitely more of a family friendly beach and there were more people here than other local beaches. There are nice rock formations. However, if you have driven up the coast it isn’t so spectacular but nonetheless it is still nice. If you have a family I’d definitely recommend this beach. If you are looking for awesome beaches with stunning rock formations, this isn’t a must stop.
4.5 based on 133 reviews
September 6, 2017 - We drove from our hotel in McKenlyville, California (just down South about 25 minutes) to visit the Trinidad Head Lighthouse. Unfortunately, we could not see it because of the heavy fog. But we did stop at Trinidad and saw the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse.
We learned that after modern counterparts replaced the original fog bell and Fresnel lens at Trinidad Head Lighthouse in 1947, the Coast Guard donated the historic artifacts to the Trinidad Civic Club for display in a planned memorial park overlooking Trinidad Bay. In 1949 the club built a concrete Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, an accurate replica that many visitors believe to be the actual Trinidad Head Lighthouse. The historic Fresnel lens was installed in the lighthouse's lantern room, and the fog bell was suspended from a wooden frame built adjacent to the lighthouse.
We were too lo go inside the lighthouse but we walked around the exterior and despite the fog, we had some view of the beach and the bay. I walked the 200 steps, very uneven and challenging steps down to the beach to get better views of the rocks and to hear the waves. It was worth the effort.
4.5 based on 27 reviews
Big Lagoon lives up to it's name, it is the largest of the lagoons in the Trinidad trio of Lagoons. There is a sand ridge dividing the Lagoon from the Pacific Ocean, and the lagoon extends past Highway 101 into a wetland. It is a great place for running on the beach with kids and dogs (on leash, please).
4.5 based on 30 reviews
Humboldt Lagoons State Park includes Freshwater Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Big Lagoon. It also includes Dry Lagoon which is just marshland today. The lagoons are beautiful and a peaceful place to enjoy the water, go kayaking, head to the beach, etc.
4.5 based on 28 reviews
Trinidad Art Gallery is a local artist cooperative gallery featuring the original fine crafts and art of Humboldt County's finest artists. The gallery, in the beautiful seaside town of Trinidad, has an exquisite display of photographs, paintings, fused glass, woodwork, ceramics, sculpture, metal work, blown glass, jewelry, beadwork, stained glass, cards, gifts and music CDs. Prices in all ranges. Directions: From Hwy 101, take Exit 728, Trinidad. Head into town on Main Street, then turn left on Trinity Street. We're on your right, a block before the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. The gallery celebrates Trinidad Art Night, with the town businesses staying open from 6-9pm on the first Friday of the month, from May through October. The gallery features live music, food and drinks.
This is a great opportunity to see many local artists in one venue. Lots of different media and styles. You can talk to a local artist, too--they take turns running the gallery. The artwork is very nicely exhibited.Thank you for taking the time to review our art gallery. Our members have tried to assemble a diverse collection of beautiful, original art. We are thrilled to be able to show our work in such a lovely setting.
5 based on 19 reviews
We had the pleasure to taste quite a few of the long list of offerings from the Winery. We loved the Nebbiolo sparkler, and a variety of the red blends. The ability to get a properly aged bottle of wine that can be enjoyed immediately is another plus. Thank you Don and Sharon for bringing a piece of European wine making tradition and pairing it with the character of Northern California grapes!
4.5 based on 17 reviews
This spot is across from the beach. Therefore you can check out more than one tourist spot at the same time. There is also the Seascape restaurant (not very good but a fun experience). The boats float out in the harbour and look very beautful. Many fishermen keep their boats out here and another boat shuttles them out when they need to get to their boats.
5 based on 11 reviews
Kayak Tours of Trinidad Bay, Family Friendly Kayak Tours of Big Lagoon, Kayak Lessons. Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals. ACA Outfitter/Guide. Fully insured. BCU certified.
This was my first time kayaking and first time in Redwood country. Recognizing my love for marine life, Jason was determined if at all possible, to have my first kayak experience in Humboldt County be on the ocean vs. Big Lagoon. He coordinated with me...MoreWe had so much fun paddling with you and we're glad we got to get out on the ocean! We hope to see you again! Thank you for the kind words
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