A quick visit to Sausalito
I would lie if I said I’d heard of Sausalito long ago. It was not until a few days before my San Francisco visit when I first overheard the name (this time it was good to listen to others’ conversation) and saw it also on San Francisco official travel guide. When I was falling in love with San Francisco, each person I talked to there tried to convince me to spend some time in Sausalito.
Simple as that, I was sold.
I took a City Sightseeing bus crossing the Golden Gate bridge that took me to Sausalito. It is such a lovely little town with amazing waterfront overlooking San Francisco skyline. I mean, if you are lucky enough to visit on a very few sunny and not foggy days. The morning I visited was foggy, then it cleared up in the afternoon and my second time it was foggy again and San Francisco was just not there.
This town of just 7,100 inhabitants gets visited but 1.4 million tourists on average per year. Famous people such as Sharon Stone, Metallica guys or Carlos Santana own a house in Sausalito. Sausalito is popular for rich people also for another reason – they deck their yachts there in the port (just FYI, it costs at least $1,500 to do so per month).
The first few minutes only were needed for me to realize why everyone has been speaking so highly about the town. The Gabrielson Memorial Park and the seafront with many flowers were just some of the highlights.
Sausalito is the location of the song (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay by the soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper that put it on the map.
The picturesque main street is very touristy but yet so worth it. Many cafes, exquisite restaurants offering fish and other seafood, souvenir shops with handcrafted gifts, art galleries, the famous ”Hamburgers” place and a simple walk along the seashore observing the sea gulls, ferries and San Francisco on the horizon. I guess it’s enough for Sausalito to make it to your bucket list.
I bought hand-made opal silver earrings with a ring there in Sausalito but unfortunately lost one of them on the ferry the following day on my way to the Napa Valley Wine Train. Still both of these places carved a beautiful memory in my heart.
I liked this charming place so much I paid another quick visit to Sausalito a few days after from Napa after we relaxed at Stinson beach.