best beaches in northern california

Westhaven is a quiet little community in Humboldt County, CA located just 2.5 miles south of the town of Trinidad. Here you will find some of the best beaches in Northern California, beautiful redwood trees all around, and one of a kind vacation homes. If you are looking for an ideal coastal vacation destination, Westhaven is the spot for you.

Perched along seaside bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Westhaven CA offers spectacular ocean views and unforgettable sunsets. From the quaint neighborhoods found here you can easily walk to many of the areas beautiful beaches that are safe and offer opportunities for miles upon miles of beach combing. Head to Houda Point Beach to watch the surfers at Camel Rock. Or take a stroll down Scenic Drive until you reach Moonstone Beach County Park, a picturesque playa at the north side of where Little River meets the sea. Moonstone Beach is popular with surfers but is great for families as well. Children can play safely in the river here as the current is nice and calm. There are also some pretty awesome caves to explore at the north end of this beach which is always fun for the littles.

best beaches in northern californiaMoonstone beach is also a popular destination for rock climbers. The main beach itself has a few dozen boulders and the large sandstone cliff face found here is a favorite with rope climbers. Far North Climbing Gym often organizes climbing clinics at Moonstone so be sure to check in with them about possibly getting in on a class during your visit.

Beyond being one of the best beaches in Northern California, Moonstone also boosts one of the best restaurants in Humboldt County, Moonstone Grill. This place offers oceanfront fine dining with the most spectacular views and a killer happy hour. Be sure to arrive early in order to get a good seat for sunset.

Located about a 1/2 mile to the north of Moonstone Beach, you can find Luffenholtz Beach County Park. There is a great little picnic area here and a nice trail that leads down to a gorgeous rocky cove where you will discover magnificent tidepools and wildlife galore. Definitely another of the best beaches to visit during your stay in Westhaven. Don’t forget to bring along your family pet as many of these beaches and nearby vacation rentals are pet friendly!

Featured Rentals in Westhaven

best beaches in northern californiaDriftwood Beach House – Ocean Views & Walking distance to several beaches. Come relax by the beach in this cozy oasis. Ideal for those wishing to get away from the hustle of busy life. This upper level home has wonderful views overlooking Moonstone Beach and Little River.

This Westhaven home is in a perfect location for exploring the natural beauty of Humboldt County! Moonstone Beach and the Moonstone Grill Restaurant is a quick few minute walk down the street. Popular Houda Point, aka Camel Rock Beach, and Luffenholtz Beach is minutes away by foot or car. Easy access to highway 101 to further your adventures leading to the Redwoods! And conveniently only minutes from the Arcata-Eureka airport.



best beaches in northern californiaHaven Cabin at Moonstone Heights is a beautifully hand crafted, 2 bedroom /2 bathroom cozy retreat in the heart of Westhaven. Close distance to the beach and town of Trinidad, this home boasts 2 bedrooms, one king bed and one queen bed, a custom tile mosaic shower, custom doors with driftwood handles, and hand picked antique furniture. There is also a built in outdoor soaking tub overlooking the private courtyard and an adorable kitchen with a vintage oven/stove.

Book now for seasonal rates as low as $150 /night. Haven Cabin at Moonstone Heights is the peaceful getaway you have been longing for! Great neighborhood with a family friendly vibe. And of course,  very close to the best beaches in Northern California!



best beaches in northern californiaAlegria Del Mar – Handmade custom home two miles south of Trinidad on the bluff with rare south- and west-facing ocean views, gazing sixty miles down the coast to Cape Mendocino, westernmost tip of California. A “moving postcard” with a dozen lines of breaking waves, a pristine perspective where forest meets sea.

Alegria is a two-story, two thousand square foot house on three-quarters of an acre and it sleeps up to nine guests. The extensive Monet-style secluded gardens and patio with Adirondack chairs are perched 250 feet above the sea making for some of the areas most impressive views. Access to spectacular beaches, coves and offshore sea stacks within minutes by car.

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best beaches in northern californiaWest of  Haven (Pet Friendly) is secluded and in its own beautiful environment lending itself to sheer relaxation. ‘Magical’ is often the response from past guests upon arrival to this custom, hand built home nestled in the giant redwoods with private yard and beautiful gardens. This lovely downstairs, 2 bedroom with a queen bed in each, features 1 bath with claw foot tub & bidet, a nice kitchen, a living room with sleeper sofa & dining room with custom woods and original floor art.

Many walking trails meander through the woods including a mile and a half walk to Moonstone Beach. West of Haven Redwood Retreat awaits your presence in a tranquil relaxing garden setting.

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Westhaven is located within minutes to Redwood National & State Parks, making each of these featured properties a perfect home base for exploring not only the best beaches in Northern California, but also the majestic redwood forests found only here. There is also a lively art scene happening here so be sure to pop into one of the monthly gallery openings held at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. Here resident artists are showcased and musician are often strumming for the locals. It is easy to explore the many quaint towns that surround Westhaven as well in order to discover the rich history of the region.

With Westhaven’s close proximity to all of the natural beauty that the area has to offer, this town is the perfect place to call home during your stay on the Redwood Coast.