Discover the best things to do while visiting Trinidad, California. Hunt for agates and spots whales on the spectacular coastline, and hike through some of the oldest Redwood forests in the world. This visitors guide will help you plan for your future trip to Trinidad, California - where to stay, eat and adventure.
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Where is Trinidad, California?
Trinidad is located about 290 miles north of San Francisco and 80 miles south of the Oregon state border. It's a small coastal town on the Pacific Ocean, about 15 minutes' drive from Humboldt State University. Trinidad has one of California's most gorgeous coasts, and it's a terrific place to come if you want to get away from it all and reconnect with nature.
Best Time to Visit Trinidad?
Trinidad, California has a cooler climate than the rest of California, with rain falling for the most of the year. The months of May to October are the greatest for visiting, with mild temperatures and sunny skies. Despite the year-round rain, Trinidad's damp climate is what makes it so remarkable; it gives the mossy forests their lush green hue and vibrancy. While most of California is boiling in 100-degree heat in the summer, this stretch of the North Coast is the ideal cool temperature for soaking up some sunshine and enjoying spectacular hiking.
Trinidad, California Lodging
Trinidad is a small town with few hotel options, while there are some charming, smaller-scale cabins and B&Bs, such as the Emerald Forest Cabins, Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast , The Lost Whale Inn, and View Crest Lodge. The town of Arcata has some larger hotel chain options and Inns if you prefer to stay closer to civilization.
We have family in the area so we have not stayed at these hotels, but based on the reviews they look wonderful! We did stay at a super cozy 2 bedroom Air Bnb very close to Moonstone Beach, which was perfect for a group size of 2-4 people. The Air Bnb was pet friendly, had a lovely deck looking out over the tree tops and out to the ocean, which unfortunately we didn't get to see during our stay due to the wildfires. Get $65 off your first qualified Air Bnb Booking here!
If you want to go camping in Trinidad, Patrick's Point State Park offers a wide selection of tent and RV campsites, right along the coast! We recently camped at Patricks Point and you can read more about that here.
Things to Do near Trinidad, CA
The migratory season for whale watching in Humboldt County is September- January, and March - June. These magnificent gray whales can reach up to 50 ft in size, and are best spotted fairly close to the shoreline. Bring your binoculars and head over to viewing spots like Patricks Point State Park, or Trinidad Head.