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Trinidad (California)

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Trinidad (California)

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Trinidad is a city in Humboldt County in California.

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The most direct route to Trinidad is via Hwy 101. From the South drive north on Hwy 101. Take exit 728 for Trinidad. At the stop sign take a left to enter Trinidad.

From the North take Hwy 101 South and take exit 728 toward Trinidad. At the stop sign turn right to enter Trinidad.

Get around[edit]

Trinidad is the perfect town to walk the streets of. Trinidad is a small seaside village with so much to see and do. You can start at the beginning of Main Street near Hwy 101 and walk past the cute shops, the beautifully painted houses and see views of the ocean and bay at every turn. You can walk down to the Trinidad Bay pier and walk out over the water.

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"The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse" is a 25’ concrete replica of the original lighthouse on the tip of Trinidad Head. It was built in 1949 by the Trinidad Civic Club as a memorial to those lost or buried at sea. Special services are held every Memorial Day weekend by the Trinidad Civic Club. The lighthouse is located on the south facing bluff within the city of Trinidad at Trinity & Edwards Streets. The lighthouse and garden are free, 24 hours daily.

"The Trinidad Head Lighthouse" began its operation in 1871 and is still in service today as a Maritime navigational aid. The lighthouse sits out on the southwest facing cliff on Trinidad Head overlooking the ocean and is visible from an observation platform on the Trinidad Head trail above the lighthouse or from a distance, off the viewing platform south of the granite cross that commemorates the Spanish landing in 1775.

The lighthouse is only open for tours conducted by the US Coast Guard on the second Sunday every June during the Trinidad Fish Festival. A special shuttle van takes visitors to the location.

Both lighthouses participate in the Lighthouse Passport program sponsored by the U. S. Lighthouse Society. Passports and stamps are available at the "Trinidad Museum" - 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Dr. 707-677-3883, Thurs-Sun, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

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"Hike the Trinidad Head Loop Trail". This trail leads to great views of the ocean. Good place to watch sunsets or view the gray whales and many other species of marine mammals. The far end offers a partial view of the active 1871 lighthouse.

"Fish from the Trinidad Pier" The 520 foot long pier can be used to catch a variety of fish including kelp greenling, rock greenling, striped seaperch, walleye and silver surfperch, black or copper rockfish, and small lingcod.

Charter a boat and go fishing. There are numerous companies in Trinidad that will take you out into the ocean to catch fish.

"Go tide pooling". South of Trinidad head is Indian beach, which is a good place to go tide pooling at low tide. College Cove, is the northern portion of Trinidad State Beach and has good tide pools at low tide as well.

"Visit the Trinidad Museum". The museum has five exhibit rooms which features the original Tsurai Village, Yurok traditions, European contact, the Gold Rush, whaling, fishing, shipping, logging, and the Trinidad Head lighthouse.

"Visit the Telonicher Marine Laboratory". The Telonicher Marine Laboratory is where Humboldt State University students majoring in Fisheries Biology, Oceanography, and Biological Sciences take classes, test experiments, and work on research projects at the University's marine laboratory. Self guided tour is available, in addition to several view tanks and a touch tank.

"Explore the local beaches". There are many beaches in and around Trinidad that are work visiting. They include Trinidad State Beach, College Cove, Luffenholtz Beach, Houda Point/Camel Rock Beach, Moonstone Beach, Clam Beach and Little River Beach.

Gamble at "Cher-Ae-Heights Casino". Located on the cliffs overlooking the Northern California coastline, Cher-Ae Heights Casino gaming and entertainment including: slots, bingo, high stakes table games, Texas Hold ‘em, touring concerts, free live entertainment and dining.

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"Trinidad Trading Company" features local and imported jewelry, handcrafted items, books and many one of a kind, rare finds. Local and ethnic arts, choice beads, jewelry, craft shell, cards, mexican folk art, books and CDs and Day of the Dead items.

"Windansea" is a classic beach-town shell shop offering Trinidad logo hats, hoodies, tees, mugs and beautiful shell jewelry. They also have the quintessential salt water taffy.

"Salty's Surf N Tackle" has surf, skate and tackle equipment including bait, surf wax, skate decks, boards, wetsuits, booties, caps and even frisbees and coolers. They also rent surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits, beach cruisers and mountain bikes.

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"Sunset Restaurant" at Cher-Ae-Heights Casino has beautiful views of the shoreline cascade through the windows that go around most of the restaurant. The menu features steaks, seasonal seafood dishes and nightly specials prepared with a tasteful twist.

"Larrupin Cafe" is a fine dining restaurant featuring steak and bar-be-que and local fresh fish.

"Ocean Grove Lodge & Restaurant" features a family style restaurant in addition to a cocktail lounge serving adult beverages.

"Beachcomber Cafe" Offers wholesome, earth friendly delicious food and drink. Fair-trade coffee, homemade baked goods, organic produce, local dairy, line caught wild salmon, locally landed smoked albacore, free-range poultry and organic bagels.

"Moonstone Grill" has a full bar, which offers specialties such as a pomegranate martini and the restaurant features seafood dishes like Maine lobster, pan-seared California red abalone medallions, crabcakes, filet mignon, duck or the daily special. They also have a dessert menu with creme brulee, molten chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, or some refreshing watermelon granita.

"Murphy's Market" in Trinidad has a deli that offers many selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner made fresh daily or as you wait. Stop by or call in your order to go.

"Seascape Restaurant" serves breakfast lunch and dinner. You can sit in the restaurant and watch the action on the fishing pier as you enjoy some fish and chips and clam chowder.

"Katy's Smokehouse" offers many smoked seafood delicacies, freshly smoked and vacuum sealed or canned. They also can fresh Albacore tuna and King Salmon.

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"Moonstone Crossing Winery" has a tasting room in downtown Trinidad. The winery specializes in hearty, full-bodied, rich-flavored red varietals, three blends: Rhone-style, Bordeaux-style, and Super Tuscan-style blends, Zinfandel and Souzao ports along with a crisp but smooth, lightly oaked Chardonnay. Tasting Room Hours: Summer Wed - Sun noon to 6 p.m. Winter Fri 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Open Weekends from noon - 6 p.m.

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"Ocean Grove Lodge & Restaurant" has affordable accomodations and all rooms include basic cable with Disney Channel, Color TV, & Linens ms with kitchens include all cooking and eating utensils. Small pets under 15lbs are OK in some rooms.

"Cottages on Ocean Bluff" are situated on a bluff right above the ocean waves, with a full 180-degree ocean view. The setting is very peaceful with no road noise or ambient lighting. Acreage includes hundreds of blueberry, huckleberry, and blackberry bushes. There are two cottages. One is a one-bedroom, one-bath and the other is a two-bedroom, one-bath.

"Trinidad Bay Vacation Rentals" offers first class ocean view vacation rental homes. All homes come with full amenities and on-call management.

"Whalesong House & Gardens" is a two-story home that can accommodate six adults with the ocean bluff literally steps from the door.

"Trinidad Retreats" offers quality, well-appointed ocean view homes in Trinidad. Nearly all homes have ocean views and beach access. Other amenities include hot tubs, privacy, pets, wifi and cable. They have a range of homes including cozy 1 -2 bedroom cottages or spacious 3 -4 bedroom, contemporary homes. Prices range from $125-$475 per night (plus tax & fees).


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