WHERE DO YOUR GUESTS COME FROM?
We’ve had guests from:
- And the rest of the United States
HOW DO I GET TO THE WATERFALL?
Take the beach trail down to the beach. Once you’re on the beach, turn left (south) and walk about 60 yards. The waterfall will be on your left. Waterfall levels can range from a torrent when it has been rainy to a trickle if there has been a drought. Caution: the rocks around the waterfall can be slippery.
WHAT KINDS OF WHALES CAN YOU SEE FROM THE CHALET?
Although some whale watching can be seen year round, the peak of the southern migration is mid-January and the peak of the northern migration is mid-March. Late April and early May is when the mother’s keep their calves closer to shore. Every year about 15,000 Gray whales migrate between December and May at an average speed of 5 mph. They will swim in a cycle of three to five blows approximately thirty seconds apart, followed by a three to six minute dive. Sometimes they will show their tail flukes just before they dive. If they’re swimming just below the surface you may be able to see a trail of circular calm spots on the surface as they pass, making them easier to track. In general the calmer the water is the easier they are to spot.
Humpback and Blue whales are the next most common types in the area followed by Sperm and Killer whales. In all, eighteen different species are known to exist in California waters.
In general it is easiest to spot whales on days when the water is calm. Conversely, days when the water is rough make for the best viewing of waves crashing on the offshore rocks. Also, although you can see whales from the beach they are easier to spot from the bluff, deck or living room where you have a better field of view. Our record is spotting six simultaneous spouts. Debbie recently spotted a pack of killer whales.
How’s your green level?
All of our power is sourced from renewable energy providers.
What if there is a power failure?
We have a whole house backup generator.
IN THE PAST, WE’VE HAD TO PAY EXTRA FOR FIREWOOD, WI-FI, PARKING, ETC. ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN CHARGES?
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
- Ocean watching
- Whale watching
- Tide pooling
- Exploring the redwoods
- Hot tubing
- White water rafting
- The HSU Marine Lab
- Roosevelt elk viewing
- Deep sea fishing
- State Parks and National Parks
- River fishing
- Bird watching
- Horseback riding
- Art galleries
- Mountain biking and cycling
- Agate hunting
- Rock climbing
- Movie theatres
- Disc golfing
- Wine tasting
- Massage and day spas
- Roasting smores on the campfire pit
- And more!
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE SELECTING ANY RENTAL
IS IT REALLY OCEANFRONT?
About 80% of the properties that advertise oceanfront in Trinidad are not really oceanfront and are anywhere from one city block to one mile back from the ocean (or are not even in Trinidad). Ask if there is any other property or streets between the advertised parcel and the ocean. I just spoke to another vacationer who was telling me she rented a place in town that advertised oceanfront, only to find out there was a public street and a Yurok tribe parcel between her and the ocean.
Ask for a guarantee in an email that it really is oceanfront in Trinidad!
ARE THE PHOTOS ACTUALLY TAKEN ON SITE?
Many places post photos ‘of the view’ taken from a drone 100′ up in the air. These are views that no one can actually see (unless you are 100′ tall). Many places post photos that are taken off site, miles away from where you’ll actually be staying.
Ask for a guarantee that all photos are taken on site, or clearly labeled otherwise!
Is it really in Trinidad?
Several of the vacation rentals that advertise as Trinidad properties are really in Big Lagoon, Westhaven or other neighboring towns.
Does it have its own private trail to the beach?
Since many beaches aren’t really private they’ll have a community trail that is shared by the neighborhood at large.
Is it in a subdivision or neighborhood?
The vast majority of vacation rentals are packed door-to-door with street traffic only a few feet away. Ask how close it is to the street and if it’s in a subdivision or neighborhood.
Does it have Wi-Fi?
Surprisingly, there are still places that don’t have this critical amenity.
Does it have a washer and dryer?
A weekend might not be too long to do without these but if you’re staying for a week or longer this is an important feature.
Does it have a hot tub?
One of the best ways to enjoy sunsets and watching the waves crash offshore is while relaxing in a hot tub.
Does it have a keypad entry lock that is programmed with your own personal code before you arrive?
Many places give you the same old fashioned steel key that has been given to the last one hundred people before you.
Is the freeway behind it or in front of it? Some places are on streets with the freeway behind or in front of their street. If so, you’ll be hearing freeway noise instead of the ocean waves.
If something comes up, who do i call for assistance? Or, I stayed at another vacation rental one time and the owners were a thousand miles away and couldn’t help me. We are on site in the large house to the SW of the Chalet (front doors are 135′ apart). If you can’t figure out how to use the hot tub, TV, wi-fi, etc, we are there to help.
DO NOT MAKE A WIRE TRANSFER! Vacation rentals that ask for a wire transfer are scams. Using a credit card will offer you protections against fraud. Only use a personal check after doing thorough research to make sure you are dealing with the actual owners/managers of the property.