Martinez Travel Guide

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    Navy Submarine Recovery Pontoon
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  • Parks Along the Waterfront
    Parks Along the Waterfront
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  • Parks Along the Waterfront
    Parks Along the Waterfront
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Martinez Things to Do

  • Contra Costa County Courthouse

    Martinez has the county courthouse. Currently, this includes an attractive 1930s courthouse with a new building across the street. However, the previous courthouse, built about 1901, still exists next door but has been converted to the county financial building.

  • Waterfront Parks

    Along the waterfront two pleasant parks can be found in Martinez. They are the Martinez Waterfront Park and the adjacent Martinez Regional Shoreline Park. Both are located near the Martinez Marina. They are popular places for kite flyers, who fill the sky with some interesting shapes. They are also a nice place to enjoy the waterfront and take a...

  • Mothball Fleet Tour

    If you are curious about the Mothball Fleet that can be observed from the Benicia Bridge on Highway 680, a bay tour of the fleet is available. The tour departs from the Martinez Marina, cruises under the Benicia Bridge, and travels to Suisun Bay where it explores the Mothball Fleet under the narration of knowledgeable guides.The Mothball Fleet is...


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Martinez Restaurants

  • Good Asian Food

    Hi-Bar specializes in food from China, Hawaii and the Philippines. The menu is pretty varied. I ordered some Pork Adobo which was slightly better than average. The seating and the staff is very "fast food" though. Not bad, not great.

  • Good Food, Friendly People

    Victoria's is located in the old downtown section of Martinez. I think it took over another place because the sign on the building gave another name. I stopped here for lunch and had some slightly better than average Fish and Chips. The staff was friendly and the place was obviously popular with locals. Extensive breakfast menu. Worth a try. Hours...

  • Hot Dogs and More

    This is a simple little diner-type lace serving hot dogs mainly, but also fries, hamburgers, sandwiches, and ice cream.


Martinez Transportation

  • Amtrak

    by greenotters Written Jan 10, 2004

    You can get to Martinez by car, but if you like trains there is an Amtrak station. The station is fairly new. Trains going East go towards Sacramento and trains going West go towards Oakland.

    Martinez Train Station
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Martinez Warnings and Dangers

  • Bottlenecks and backroads

    by MrNiceGuy371 Updated Apr 5, 2003

    While personal security is a concern for the average urban area, especially when you're new to the area there are some considerations you should take when staying in the area.

    The main roads in Martinez are Pacheco Blvd, Alhambra Blvd, Morello Blvd, Highway 4 and Highway 680. Highway 4 bisects Martinez into west and east, Alhambra is the central northern line, while Highway 680 is the southern limit.

    Arthur Rd is both a connector from 680 south (from Benicia Bridge) to Pacheco and a connector from Pacheco to Contra Costa Blvd (Cities of Pacheco and Pleasant Hill).

    Shell Ave connects Marina Vista to Pacheco to Alhambra.

    Vine Hill Way connects Morello to Arthur Rd via an overpass on Highway 4.

    State Highway patrol maintains an office off Arthur and Blum Rds, while the 680 north off-ramp to Pacheco is the main conduit for law enforcement traffic to the downtown county jail.

    The inappropriately named Martinez BART station is neither in city limits nor convenient to any Martinez bound traffic.

    The Amtrak station (on the Capitol Corridor line) is cenered between the historic downtown and the Marina. This station is also a hub for local bus transportation, with most coverage focused on weekday working hours.

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Martinez Off The Beaten Path

  • Bocce Ball

    Since we are talking about the Bocce Ball Capital of the United States, of course there is a bocce ball court and it is located at Martinez Regional Shoreline. This picture was taken in January, but during the summer this place is really filled up with people and lots of tournaments are going on.

  • Martinez Regional Shoreline

    This is a great place for bicycling and picnics/barbeques. There is also a skatepark, outdoor theater, bocce ball courts and the marina.

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Martinez Favorites

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    Industrial Martinez

    by SteveOSF Written Sep 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Although the refineries loom over the town, they provide many jobs to the locals. Martinez’s strategic location on the Carquinez Straight makes transportation of oil and refined products possible via tankers. Oil storage tanks, refinery structures, and billowing smokestacks are the backdrop for travelers as they drive along busy Highway 680. Despite the nearby refineries, the San Francisco Bay Area experiences some of the highest gasoline prices in the country.

    A Refinery on the Carquinez Straight
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