Visiting San Francisco

For general information about visiting San Francisco, visit the San Francisco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau site. If you’re looking for restaurant, a movie, or other entertainment, the San Francisco Chronicle site is an excellent resource.

Below you’ll find our suggestions on visiting San Francisco from the water.

By Land

San Francisco is served by a wide range of public transportation:

  • BART provides fast, regular service subway service to surrounding communities.
  • CalTrain offers train service down the peninsula as far as San Jose.
  • See the SFMTA site for information on buses to and within San Francisco.
  • A variety of ferries provide the most pleasant access to San Francisco, from Sausalito, Tiburon, Larkspur, Vallejo, Oakland, and Alameda.

By Water

Guest slips are often available at San Franscisco’s marinas, but advance reservations are highly recommended. There is no public guest dock in San Francisco.

Sailing vessels may anchor in Aquatic Park, but you must enter and exit under sail; motorized operation is prohibited to protect swimmers. There is a public beach where you can land a dinghy.

Amazingly, central San Francisco does not have a single restaurant that offers guest berthing.

See Sailing Directions for navigational information.