Sausalito Travel Guide

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Sausalito Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quaint, by the water, great views, good food, great walking 

  • Con
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     Crowded with tourists and traffic 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great place to do some afternoon browsing 

Sausalito Things to Do

  • People Watch

    I've taken pictures of people in the past, but this year with the number of different cities I've been to on business trips and with this vacation, I've really started to take more and more pictures of people just doing what they do: playing, walking the dog, having a cup of coffee, etc.I know there are some who say this type of photography is...

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  • Mountain Bike, Kayak, Hike Tour

    Stoked SF is an Adventure Tour Guide service located in Sausalito, CA. Stoked SF offers Mountain Bike, Kayak, Surf and Hiking Tours in Marin. Everything is provided, all new gear, transportation and local guides that have intimate knowledge of the area.

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  • Adventure Guide: Mountain...

    Stoked SF is a local Sausalito Adventure Guide Service that caters to Mountain Biking, Hiking, Surfing and Kayaking. This private Guide service tailors each day adventure to exactly what the clients wants. You are able to blend biking and hiking in order to get the ultimate experience in one day. All skill levels are welcome and only four people...

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  • What you see when u go up stairs in...

    Across the park from the main fountain and two elephant pillars of the Sausalito park, you will see a flight of stairs inviting you to go up...if you want to go up and find out for yourself - STOP! DON'T READ! Otherwise, let me tell what's up there....There's a small road with beautiful residential houses, and then a nice brown house at the left...

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  • The Balancing Rocks

    Alright, so this sounds a bit strange, but while you are strolling along Bridgeway, stop and take a pic of these balancing rocks. I don't really know much about them, but there is a guy who stands in front of the rocks and I am sure he is the guy who is balancing these rocks. Just ask him, there were too many people for me to want to know, but I...

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  • The Former Sausolito Hotel

    This interesting contribution to Sausalito's historic district was the Sausalito Hotel, constructed in 1915. Notice the roofline, which is in the mission-revival style. As preparations were made to build it, the Sausalito News announced "to be built at a cost of $35,000 in building and finishes if saloon license is issued".Now operating as the...

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Sausalito Restaurants

  • Local beers from Napa Valley

    its worth to taste the local wine from Napa Valley.Sausalito is dotted with wineries thus local wines and beers are a must along with any meal here. Beer and wine.

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  • Good stop on a bike ride.

    We were looking for a lunch stop when on a bike ride from San Francisco to Sausalito and came across this restaurant on the outskirts of Sausalito.The restaurant serves a variety of food including pizzas, pasta,meat and seafood.You have the option of outside or inside dining,service and food were good . The Lasagne dish was tasty,hot and generous.

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  • Dine by the Water's Edge

    Il Piccolo looked like a unique restaurant worth exploring, but it was an ice cream cone we were hoping to find. We had only a few minutes before our tour would board the bus.As we ventured up the walkway, the restaurant looked more and more interesting. A large tree gave us a brief respite from the sun and a small, crowded outdoor area seemed...

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  • The Best Deli in Town

    Mollie Stone's is a small chain of No. California grocery stores with an absolutely fantastic deli. Anything you could possibly want is there. When we take our bike rides, or on our sailing days, we always stop here and load up on goodies; sandwichs, salads, artisan breads and fantastic bakery products. Mollie Stone's also has a great full service...

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  • A Quaint Little Cafe

    If you are planning to visit Sausalito, pop into the Sausalito Bakery and Cafe. A quaint little family run bakery that offers a selection of fresh homemade sandwiches and salads as well as fresh pastries. Don't be fooled by the simple decor and the small eating area, this is a great cafe which the owners are very proud of. You won't regret coming...

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  • A Little Bit of Sweden in California

    I had done a little investigation of places to eat before our trip began and knew that we would probably be in Sausalito in the early afternoon after having arrived late the evening before in San Francisco. We didn't need to hurry to any destination on our first day of vacation since our only confirmed stop was a 7:30 p.m. reservation at a...

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Sausalito Nightlife

  • Whats in a name

    We came here after buying our postcards. A nice place with tables and a bar and for later in the evening a stage.JP, Heidi, Yubert, Jessica and myself were soon joined by Mark and for a brief moment his mother.

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  • I feel guilty telling you about this one

    I write this tip with mixed emotions... this is really where I'd go for a cocktail in Sausalito on most nights... but it's really a bar for the locals. Nearly a dive bar, but not quite. Big screen TV, pool tables, shuffle-board, juke box, dart board and good honest cocktails. Ack, don't tell them that I sent you! Just go there and pretend you live...

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  • You want a great scotch, you say?

    This place is described by some as a bit of a dive, but hey, I like it. You can go here and sample from a terrific selection of scotch, if that's your drink of choice, and relax by the fireplace. Live music sometimes as well. If you want to hang out with locals -- at least the locals that are willing to hang out on Bridgeway -- this is the...

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Sausalito Transportation

  • Walk, walk, walk

    Ah walking, this has to be one of my favorite ways of seeing a small or large town. Walk along Bridgeway at leisure, stopping along the way to view the pretty shops, great views and many restaurants.

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  • Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Take 101 from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito if you are driving. The views are spectacular. This is why I love San Francisco so much, it is absolutely beautiful. With its city sorrounded by natural beauty.

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  • Blue and Gold Ferry from San Fransciso

    If you are looking to do something a bit different than spend your Weekend (or weekday) in San Francisco, why not take the wonderful ferry ride across to Sausalito? The ferry is a wonderful way to see a bit of the San Francisco skyline while enjoying a fun day or afternoon on this wonderful little town. The Blue and Gold ferry is one of the best...

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Sausalito Shopping

  • Window or Actually Shop

    After having our late lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe and taking one of the roads above Sausalito to check out the "real" town we headed back down to the shopping district to walk around for an hour or so before we made our way north to Healdsburg.Parking on a side street leading into town (I was pretty impressed with my parallel parking the big boat...

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  • T-Shirts needed

    How do you describe a tourist T-shirt shop? It's a shop full of anything a tourist wants, needs, or must have. T-shirts, sweat shirts, jackets, caps, etc.. This place has it all and I suspect if they don't they will get it for you. T-shirts, sweat shirts, caps, jackets.... Depends on the quality: $15-55+

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  • Jewelry by the Bay

    Sausalito has many touist shops but also some moderate to high end jewelry stores as well. Needless to say my wife gravitaes to the anything jewelry. Jewelry by the Bay has items for most all budgets. Rings, necklases, bobbles etc. $1,00 - $10K... you choose.

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Sausalito Local Customs

  • Houseboat Living

    Sausalito has a "neighborhood" of houseboats. There are warrens of these floating abodes at the north end of the city. It's fun to take a walk out there and look at this lifestyle.

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  • Herring fishing

    Once or twice a year the herring shoals make their way to the shores of Sausalito. Fast on their flippers come the fishing fleet, sealions and seagulls. Somehow this always happens at night, and we wake to the midnight sounds of clanking nets, seagull caws and sealion barks. Walk outside and smell the salt air from the churned waters. I love this...

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  • The Sausalito Art Festival

    The Sausalito Art Festival is well known and draws 50,000 people over a three-day weekend each year. The festival is held over Labor Weekend (end August/early September.

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Sausalito Warnings and Dangers

  • Cyclists need to follow the rules

    Cycling in Sausalito is a tourist attraction as well as a major route for enthusiatics. In CA however cyclists are supposed to follow motor vehicle laws. IE stop at stop signs, red lights etc... Most cyclists however ignore these rules.The subject in the photos was blazing up the main street and ignored a right turn signal of a car. Passing on the...

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  • A skin rash waiting to happen

    When going for a walk along a trail, keep an eye out for a plant called Poison Oak. It's a shrub that can be small or large, whose leaves look much like oak tree leaves. The leaves can be various shades of green or bright red, depending on the age of the leaf. Brush your skin against these leaves, or even their stems, and the plant's oil will stick...

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  • Storms can be nasty!

    Okay, most of the time, storms aren't all that bad on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. However on January 1 2004, we had a heck of a storm blow through, with wind gusts of 75 miles per hour on Angel Island (middle of our bay).It was so strong that the iconic seal statue off the shore of Sausalito was knocked off its pedestal. How sad!!

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Sausalito Tourist Traps

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    by Yubert Written Jul 28, 2003

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    Notr sure what this guy was selling but he was inviting people to look at his klaidiscope, in the hopes of getting tips. I's stay away for "street performances" such as this!

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Sausalito Off The Beaten Path

  • Amazing French dinner for only $14.75

    Between 5 pm and 6 pm EVERY DAY Christophe French Restaurant offers an "Early Bird Special" for $14.75. I've listed it in "Off the beaten path" because it's not right downtown Sausalito. It's walking distance, but almost a mile. It's worth it. Directions: Walk north on Bridgeway past Wells Fargo, past Casa Madrona, past the gas station, past...

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  • Beautiful Homes are build in the...

    As you can see int this picture Sausalito is a favorite spot for people that like to live away from the hussle ans bussle ,and a house up in these Hills will definate be the place to be The view from up there must be stunning.

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  • Fishing along a pier

    Plenty of locals like to fish in San Francisco Bay. Personally, I wouldn't eat any fish caught in the bay. Especially larger ones. Because of the gold and silver mining over the past few hundred years, there is a somewhat high level of mercury in fish caught in the bay. However, I know there are plenty of people that have no qualms about eating...

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Sausalito Favorites

  • Bring a jacket

    I actually stayed in Point Bonita, but of course went to Sausalito to shop. Beautiful city, The Bay and the Ocean sandwiched with a fabulous city in between. I would love to return when the weather is a bit warmer. My fondest memories of Sausalito, is the peaceful sleep I got while there. Once the lights are out, the LIGHTS are out. Especially up...

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  • Views of the San Francisco Skyline

    The views!! There are just stunning. Walking along Bridgeway you'll come to a point where the views of San Francisco on a beautiful clear day will stop you in your tracks. Take your time to wonder out to the bay and to the skyline and of course take some pics.

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  • Sausalito Seal is Back on it's Rock

    One of my favorite monuments in Sausalito is this seal statue. It's mounted atop a rock which is submerged under the bay most of the time. In one of my travelogues you'll see that it was knocked off its moorings during a storm in 2004. Locals love the statue and paid to have it cleaned up and remounted. Yayyy!

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