Trinidad

Travel Guide

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.

Emerald Forest Cabins
Emerald Forest Cabins
3 out of 5
753 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA
The price is RM411 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (438 reviews)
"We really enjoyed the cabin and surrounding areas."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

Emerald Forest Cabins
View Crest Lodge
View Crest Lodge
3.5 out of 5
3415 Patricks Point Drive, Trinidad, CA
The price is RM457 per night from 6 Nov to 6 Nov
Situated in Trinidad, this lodge is within 2 miles (3 km) of Patrick's Point State Park, Agate Beach and Turtle Rocks. Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (353 reviews)
"Super clean..fantastic views..will definately be back!"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

View Crest Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Emerald Forest Cabins
Emerald Forest Cabins
3 out of 5
753 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA
The price is RM411 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (438 reviews)
"We really enjoyed the cabin and surrounding areas."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

Emerald Forest Cabins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.