On a rocky bluff overlooking Trinidad Bay, surrounded by redwoods and spruce, lies the seaside village of Trinidad. It is often compared to a quaint Cornish fishing village. Trinidad Head rises above and shelters the harbor, the pier and a small fleet of fishing boats.
The Trinidad area is one of the most spectacular and pristine segments of the California coast. It has been established as a California Coastal National Monument Gateway - an area that offers the best shore-based opportunities to discover and view offshore rocks and islands and their inhabitants. Rocks off the coast of Trinidad support one of the most diverse seabird colonies in California with twelve species and over 100,000 breeding individuals. The two most important areas for seabirds are Green Rock and Flatiron Rock. These two rocks alone account for 25% of the most important seabird colonies along the California coast.
Trinidad is a short drive from house and our favorite beach, Moonstone Beach, it the first stop on the way. This beach is one of the best in the area for the kids, as there is a scenic river that the kidos can splash around in, that flows to the sea. The scenery is awesom here with rocky outcrops, caves and trees that surround the vistas.
From Moonstone beach, head left at the top of the hill and head to Trinidad via the Scenic Drive. This drive is one way and gravel at points, so this adds to the adventure. The views of the coastline are awe inspiring. After 4-5 miles, you end up in Trinidad.
There are a couple of great beaches in Trinidad and a great hike at Trinidad Head.