Experience San Francisco
San Francisco is one of those magical cities, where creatives minds from all over the world get together to create exciting new things. From boho-hippie-vibe to exciting new technology concepts you will find everything at the blink of an eye while strolling through the city. A true melting pot of cultures, ideas and creatives.
All surrounded by a stunning coastline, mesmerizing cliffs and one of the most famous bridges of the world. No wonder so many people lose their hearts to this Californian city. But did you know that San Francisco is also an amazing destination for watersports and boat tours?
- Our favorite beach: Mile Rock Beach
- Our favorite restaurant: Rich Table
- Our favorite boat tours in San Francisco: Alcatraz and Golden gate boat cruise tour in San Francisco
- Our favorite watersport in San Francisco: SUP beginner group tour in San Francisco
Language and currency in San Francisco
San Francisco’s official language is American English. So, if you speak basic English, you will have no trouble getting around the city. Since the city is a real melting pot of cultures, you will also find areas in the city with a lot of native Spanish speakers, or immerse yourself into Chinese culture in Chinatown!
The USD is the local currency in San Diego, and you can easily exchange it in the local banks. Credit cards are also widely accepted throughout the city. It is best to exchange currencies in town at banks, as airport exchange rates are typically higher.
Getting around in San Francisco
San Francisco has a great public transportation network, which makes it easy to get around San Francisco without your own car. The best way to get around San Francisco is by walking, bike, or with the Muni, the public transportation. The Muni includes busses and street cars, and will take you all around the city.
The downtown of San Francisco as well as the main areas of the city are actually quite easily walkable, making it a great city trip destination. However, if you want to explore the surrounding coast of San Francisco, renting a car for a few days is a great option.
In the city center, you can easily find some car rental companies and compare the best prices for your day trip.
Within the city limits, you will also easily be able to catch an Uber or a Taxi to get to more distant areas. However, if you really want to do a day of exploration, renting a car is easier!
Best things to do during your holidays in San Francisco
San Francisco is famous worldwide for its colorful charme and interesting people melting together into one big blend of exciting culture! There are many great things to do in San Francisco, from adventures in nature to cultural explorations!
Golden Gate Bridge
The most iconic sight in San Francisco is without a doubt the Golden Gate Bridge. Some people even say that it’s one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County, and still is one of the longest and tallest bridges worldwide. It is also one of the most photographed bridges ever! So if you’re visiting San Francisco, stopping by the Golden Gate Bridge is a Must-Do!
Alcatraz Island is a small island in San Francisco bay, and famous because it used to be a federal prison for the most dangerous people. From 1943 to 1963, it was home to some of the most famous and dangerous criminals of the United States. Today, you can book your tour on Alcatraz Island and feel the history of this unique and exciting place. If you want to feel extra adventurous, book the Alcatraz Night tour to explore the hidden places of the most notorious prison in the dark!
Golden Gate Park
The biggest city park of San Francisco with over 1000 acres is the beautiful Golden Gate Park. In this unique park you will find amazing gardens, museums and other fun attractions. The entrance to the park itself is for free, but if you want to visit some of the museums, you pay a small entrance fee. There are also lakes and different gardens, where you can enjoy the natural surroundings and immerse yourself in the smells and beauty of the flowers. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The best boat tours in San Francisco
The San Francisco bay is a great place for amazing boat tours in San Francisco! Did you know that you can do a boat tour to the famous Alcatraz Island? One of the best boat tours in San Francisco we have to offer is the Alcatraz and Golden Gate boat cruise tour in San Francisco. This boat tour will take you to the Alcatraz prison, where you can take a tour if you book in advance! You will also enjoy a unique view over the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge!
A shorter boat tour to Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge for 3 hours is also a great way to escape the city only for a little while to cruise on the water! We have many more options to visit Alcatraz by boat, so make sure to check all our options and choose the best boat tour in San Francisco for you!
The best watersports in San Francisco
There not only fun boat tours you can do, but also some great watersports in San Francisco! The San Francisco bay is a very popular spot for SUP and Kayak! Is it your first time trying Stand-Up Paddleboarding? We have the perfect beginner SUP Tour in San Francisco for you!
For those who have some experience already doing SUP, we also offer an advanced SUP Tour where you can learn even more and enjoy a beautiful tour along the fascinating coastline as well.
Do you prefer being a bit more stable paddling around the San Francisco bay? In this case, we offer Kayak Tours in San Francisco. Paddle in front of the famous skyline, enjoy the sunshine and learn a new sport while doing so! We promise that you will have a lot of fun with the best watersports in San Francisco!
What and where to eat in San Francisco
San Francisco is a melting pot of many different cultures, which is also reflected in the local cuisine. There are many iconic dishes that are influenced by food from around the world. One very popular dish in San Francisco is Chowder Soup in a Bread Bowl. Chowder is a thick soup made from potatoes, celery, chicken or seafood and usually some other vegetable. In San Francisco, it is served in a delicious Sourdough Bread Bowl. You can find one of the best Chowder in a Bread Soups at Boudin Bakery.
Generally speaking, the seafood in San Francisco is also to die for! No wonder, seeing as the city is located right by the sea. At the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco you can get the freshest seafood and try some of the best local seafood.
One of the best Restaurants in San Francisco is the famous Brenda’s French Soul Food. It’s one of the most popular food spots in the city. The Brunch at Brenda’s is mouth watering, and you should definitely try the Beignets you can get there! This donut-like pastry is too good to be true, and perfect to start your day in San Francisco!
Enjoy the beautiful beaches around San Francisco
There are many beautiful beaches around San Francisco. Thanks to its location on the Pacific Ocean, you have a lot of coast to explore. Many beaches are easily accessible from the city center as well, so you can enjoy some beachtime without too much effort.
The most popular beach in San Francisco is Baker Beach. Not only will you find beautiful sandy dunes right in front of the blue sea, but you can also enjoy unique views of the Golden Gate Bridge! Even though it’s quite close to the city, it remains an unspoiled bit of natural beach. Be amazed by the impressive cliffs around Baker Beach, take a long stroll along the sandy strip and enjoy the best views you can imagine!
Another one of the best beaches in San Francisco is Ocean Beach on the West Coast. It is super close to the Golden Gate Park, and a very popular beach amongst residents and visitors alike. It is part of the Natural Protected Park of the area, which takes care of keeping it clean and natural. It is a long and wide stretch of sand, and a perfect place if you want to relax in the sun or even take a long beach walk. Even though it’s a rather frequented beach, you will always be able to find a quiet place if you walk a bit further.
A smaller beach in San Francisco but no less beautiful is China Beach. This little cove is located in the Sea Cliff Neighborhood. It’s a sheltered little beach and also offers a picnic ground and some infrastructure to really spend a whole day just swimming and having fun at the beach. You can also enjoy an amazing view of Marin Headlands and the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Whatever you decide to do during your holiday in San Francisco, we promise you will love the boat tours and watersports. Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.