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TrinidadUnited States of America

Let yourself be enchanted by the beaches and fine seafood or amazed by the giant redwoods in the nearby national parks of one of California’s smallest cities. 

It may be small, but Trinidad has enough charms to keep you happy for a few days and much longer if you are into outdoor activities. Walk the coastal trails to enjoy the views that have seen the town become a part of the California Coastal National Monument and visit the lighthouse on Trinidad Head. Take your pick from several picturesque beaches and dine out in restaurants serving freshly caught seafood.

Trinidad lies on the Pacific Ocean about 294 miles (473 kilometers) north of San Francisco. It was founded in 1850, making it the oldest city on the North California coast. Its large natural harbor and coastal surrounds mean it has always been a popular fishing location and both sport and commercial fisherman flock here in the hope of landing a large catch.

Use Trinidad as a base from which to explore the nearby Patrick’s Point State Park, where you can hike trails that pass by some of the oldest redwood trees in the world. Follow the paths to the pristine Agate Beach or to Wedding Rock, a large headland on which dozens of couples choose to get married each year.

The city’s northerly latitude means that the weather here can rarely be described as balmy, with mild temperatures year-round and significant rainfall in winter. Don’t let this stop you from exploring the many picturesque beaches and coves in the area, as grey skies and fog only serve to make the scenery more dramatic.

Browse the shops, galleries and cafés in town, which is small enough to cover on foot in a couple of hours. Visit the Trinidad Museum, which tells the history of the area in five exhibit halls. Find out about the area’s indigenous heritage at the Sumeg Village. This is a living history museum where the Yurok Tribe will show you around their traditional houses and workshops.

Eat at one of the many restaurants in the evenings to sample the catch of the day or try your luck in the Cher-Ae Heights Casino. This casino is perched high on the cliffs and, like most places in Trinidad, is blessed with exceptional coastal views.

Top hotels in Trinidad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
View Crest Lodge
View Crest Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM452 per night from 10 Oct to 11 Oct

Situated in Trinidad, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Turtle Rocks and Patrick's Point State Park. Agate Beach and Humboldt Lagoons State Park are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (266 reviews)

"Loved the hot tub and the breakfast that was delivered each night!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

View Crest Lodge
Emerald Forest Cabins
Emerald Forest Cabins
3 out of 5
The price is RM531 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 1 mile (2 km) of Trinidad Museum, Trinidad State Beach and College Cove South. Trinidad Town Hall and College Cove ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (336 reviews)

"We loved our cabin. It was situated amidst lovely redwoods trees that we had an excellent view of outside our windows. Kitchen was great although it would have been even better if our hosts had provided salt and pepper. I would definitely stay here again whenever I’m in the area."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Emerald Forest Cabins

Top things to do in Trinidad

Eureka Scavenger Hunt: From Wood To Wonder
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Eureka Scavenger Hunt: From Wood To Wonder

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Ocean Wildlife Kayak Tour in Brookings
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Ocean Wildlife Kayak Tour in Brookings

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Chetco River Wildlife Viewing Kayak or SUP Tour
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Chetco River Wildlife Viewing Kayak or SUP Tour

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Reviews of Trinidad


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3 Oct 2019

A small fishing community with a pier and lovely views. There is a nice beach to watch the sunset and a seafood restaurant at the head of the pier which also serves lovely breakfast.