Agate Beach is two miles of solitude and splendor with awesome beachcombing.
Beachcombing is just one of the attractions of this long, remote beach. For some, Agate Beach is the ideal spot for watching wildlife. Whales, sea lions and numerous shore birds share the beach with humans. The occasional purposeful flight of Brown Pelicans along the beach is just one of the many natural treasures to be experienced.
With a sharp drop-off and powerful rip tide, Agate Beach is definitely not for swimming, and visitors are cautioned to exercise the utmost care. Never turn your back on the waves, or trust that you can remain standing in what you think is a minor wave. It's not worth the risk. But sitting well back from the water, Agate Beach is a perfect place to contemplate the awesome power of the sea, and to fantasize about the exotic places far over the western horizon.
Agate Beach is accessed from either Patrick's Point State Park--leave your car at the Agate Beach campground and take the long flight of stairs down to the beach--or from the Big Lagoon County Park day use area. Bring a picnic, bring a kite, and be prepared for a wonderful day of seaside adventure. Just be careful how far you walk--you'll be returning with your pockets full of stones!
Directions: Approximately six miles north of Trinidad on Hwy 101, exit at Patrick's Point State Park, or two miles further north at Big Lagoon County Parkway. Follow the signs and park (day use fee at both sites).