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5 Humboldt County Beaches That Are Absolutely Worth A Visit

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Humboldt County has some spectacular beaches that each offers something amazing.  Rugged coastlines mixed with clean sand and adventurous attitudes make Humboldt beaches some of the best in California.   

With over one-hundred miles of beautiful coastline, locals are lucky to have so many incredible beaches to choose from. We've put together a list, in no particular order, of 5 Humboldt Beaches that are absolutely worth visiting.  

Photo Above: Moonstone Beach 

Moonstone Beach is our bonus sixth pick because it's amazing!  A great spot for surfing, picnics, photography and walks with the dog(s), this gorgeous beach sits along Scenic Drive in Trinidad and is one of a string of beautiful beaches in the area.   



Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove

Located less than an hour west of Garberville and Highway 101, Black Sands Beach stretches along the beautiful Lost Coast, just north of Shelter Cove.  

It's an incredible place to enjoy a picnic, relax and catch a sunset in a part of California many don't get to see.  If you visit from April-June and/or September-December, don't forget your binoculars and be on the lookout for whales!  

If you're looking for remote, rugged beauty in Northern California, this beach is for you.

More info -->  Black Sands Beach


Eating on the Lost Coast:  California's Most Remote Brewery can be found in Shelter Cove and other delicious dining options are available as well.  Dinner and a sunset sounds pretty good. 


Trinidad State Beach, Trinidad

More info -->  Trinidad State Beach 


Centerville Beach, Ferndale

Located about five miles west of Victorian Ferndale, Centerville Beach and its ever-evolving sandy bluffs and shoreline give returning visitors a unique opportunity to see how the tides and winds can shape and reshape a Northern California beach.   

Bring your dogs and enjoy a fire as they're both permitted and a sunset picnic is hard to beat here.

Camping is not permitted at Centerville Beach but you can find information about nearby places to pitch a tent by visiting our Humboldt County Camping section.

More info -->  Centerville Beach 


PacOut Green Team - These volunteer heroes get together every Saturday for 60 Minutes and clean up Humboldt Beaches, parks and other outdoor areas.  Check out the PacOut Green Team Website and if you can help or donate, that would be amazing!  


Punta Gorda Recreation Area, Petrolia

Located along the northern part of Humboldt County's gorgeous Lost Coast is the Punta Gorda Recreation Area which is also the northern starting point for the incredible Lost Coast Trail and the day-hike to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse.  

The Recreation Area is mostly known for its access to incredible coastal hiking, and we highly recommend doing some when you visit, but it's also a great place to relax and enjoy some food, do some beachcombing, fish and explore.  Sea-life is usually easy to spot out in the water as the beautiful Mattole River makes its way to the ocean. 

It can easily take more than a day to explore the area and fortunately, the Mattole Campground is also located there, is self-pay and only $8 a night.  

More info -->  Punta Gorda Recreation Area 


Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

This 300-acre park located on the Samoa Peninsula is pretty incredible and the range of activities you'll find here are diverse and include; beachcombing, fishing, surfing, bird watching and photography.  Bring your best friend(s) as dogs are permitted and will have a great time here as well.   

One of the unique aspects of this park is that visitors are treated to three different types of environments; Humboldt Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the channel that connects them.  Making a half-circle walk along the peninsula, visitors can enjoy each while listening to the water splashing against the rocks.  The fantastic dunes only add to the beauty of the park and give it another reason to make our list. 

More info -->  Samoa Dunes Recreation Area 


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Written by Colby K. for norcalpulse.com 

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