Whenever I have been to San Francisco before, we have never ventured all the way over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge until my visit back in May. With less than 10,000 inhabitants, Sausalito was a quaint and cute place to visit and definitely worth crossing the bridge.
As the town sits proudly right on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, you feel an absolute world away from the buzz of the big city. Life is more laid back and the whole place has a homely, beachy vibe. Of course as the area is so famed for the fog, the pictures look less than welcoming in the grey early morning light!
Famous for it’s cute houseboats around the harbour, it has an array of shops and cafes to while away a few relaxing hours. There’s less of a touristy vibe over on this side of the bay so if the frenetic energy of the city gets too much, this is great way to escape. You can just sit by the water and watch hundreds of crabs just going about their business on the rocks…. or head for some fresh seafood – either or!
We arrived by car and parked on the harbourside car park next to Vina Del Mar park and walked all the way along the water front for a couple of miles along to Waldo harbour and back. If you aren’t travelling by car, there are regular ferries from San Francisco over to Sausalito.
The cool bay breeze gave respite from the high summer heat during our walk and we cooled off a little more at Freds Place. A popular diner that was recommended to us for cracking brunch. It was lush, we didn’t manage to finish ours, it was reasonably priced and with unlimited refills on fresh coffee, excellent value.
Have you ever crossed the bridge and checked out Sausalito?
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