Tiburon, San Francisco
This charming little village located across the bay from San Francisco is quaint and resembles an "authentic" New England seaport with some excellent restaurant and waterfront cafes, shops, galleries and of course Ark Row.
Ark Row makes Tiburon a very ineresting and uinqute place to visit. Ark Row is a collection of restored arks that house a variety of boutiques and specialty stores.
Tiburon makes for an excellent afternoon trip with easy acces from San Francisco by car or ferry.
Tiburon, like Sausalito, lies on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay. It's similar to Sausalito, but smaller and less-visited. Tiburon is somewhat more laid-back, and less of a tourist place. It has some nice, quiet streets, restaurants, shops, wine-tasting, and more.
Regular ferry service is provided by the Blue and Gold Fleet, from Fisherman's Wharf. It offers spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, and the surrounding areas.
One particular point of local interest is the Social Saloon. The steamship SS China was taken out of service in 1879. Before she was burned, the superstructure was removed and made into a waterfront residence called the China Cabin. In 1978, it was to be demolished. But a local preservation group saved and restored it. In 1986, it was reopened as a social gathering place.
Tiburon is a real nice small town just accross SF. If you can rent a sailboat, going to Tiburon is a delight. Otherwise just hop on the ferry and to go check out Tiburon. This is especially a good idea on days when SF is chilly and foggy. Tiburon will be sunny for sure! Good places to hang out at Tiburon is Guaymas, the Mexican restaurant, and Sams, another open bar / restaurant type of place where you can get good food or just hang out sipping Margaritas.
Check out their website for ferry schedules and other useful info.
Angel island is just a short ferry ride from Tiburon and it's a really nice place to go for a picnic or a hike if you have some extra time in SF. Once you are on the island you can either rent a bike or just hike your way up to the top. There is a vista point halfway up with gorgeous views of SF. If you make it to the top, you'll get an awesome 360 view!