There’s a reason the Bay features so prominently in the region’s moniker. This San Francisco body of water connects the City to the East, South and North Bays. See it all from a boat!
Sausalito Ferry: The Golden Gate Ferry can shuttle you to Marin, including quaint Sausalito. It’s such a good time that the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers voted it the second most exciting ferry ride in the world. From the water, you'll see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Berkeley Hills, Alcatraz, and San Francisco. Feeling adventurous? Rent a bike from Bike and Roll in North Beach or Fisherman’s Wharf, and cycle over to the Ferry Plaza to catch your water taxi. Some people take the ferry one way and then bike the other, to experience the Golden Gate Bridge from above and below. Try the Hotel Vitale near the Ferry Plaza as a base.
Tiburon: Several ferries can take you to Tiburon, an upscale town on the Marin coast. Popular with locals, take the boat to Sam’s in Tiburon for Sunday Brunch. A dining spot since 1920, this bay-side restaurant is a favorite for its views and its menu. Try the crab cake benedict or mussels in garlic.
Angel Island: This island, near Alcatraz, is the largest in the Bay Area. It was used as a military base and immigration stop throughout the years. After ferrying over, join a naturalist-led kayak tour, hike, mountain bike, or explore the military sites. Several ferries can take you there.
For the Tiburon and Angel Island trips, consider staying at Fisherman’s Wharf at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf or Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf.
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