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Fisherman's Wharf Holiday: coronavirus information

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Fisherman’s Wharf

This waterfront neighborhood dates back to the gold rush era and is a hub for tourist activities, sea lions and seafood restaurants.

The traditional waterfront life on this historic wharf founded in the mid-1800s has long since faded, with only a few fishing boats now serving a handful of local restaurants. For generations, Chinese and then Italian immigrants mined the rich ocean. The Italian fishermen were as colorful as the tiny wooden boats they sailed into the bay, singing arias while hunting for oysters, shrimp and Dungeness crabs and then selling their catch in stands along the wharf. While these craftsmen are no longer there, the festive environment of the wharf has been preserved.  

Fisherman’s Wharf is now a thriving shopping and entertainment hub with souvenir stores, clam chowder stands, upscale seafood restaurants, museums and street performers. It’s a bustling day-and-night carnival that extends from Ghirardelli Square at the wharf’s west end to Pier 39 and its amusing sea lion population at the east end. The sea lions, who live on floating wooden platforms beside the pier for most of the year, are among San Francisco’s most famous and verbal residents.

For some old-fashioned fun, spend some time at the Musee Mecanique, an interactive collection of mechanical machines and penny arcades. Mingle with wax figures of your favorite movies stars at Madame Tussauds or experience what life was like aboard a World War II submarine with a visit to the USS Pampanito. If you have a few hours free, head to Pier 33 and catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island.

There are plenty of dining options here, from sidewalk stands to cafés and restaurants, with seafood front-and-center on many menus. However, you can also find Italian, Chinese and other sumptuous ethnic offerings. Many restaurants offer a quiet respite in which to refuel as well as great views of the ocean, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge. 

The best way to visit this neighborhood is by public transport and on foot. Parking is available in the vicinity of the wharf but it’s not cheap. To really get you in the feel for old-time San Francisco, jump on the Powell/Mason cable car line and you'll land only a couple of blocks south of Fisherman's Wharf. The rattle and clang of the typically San Francisco transport adds to the spirit of the journey. 

When we reminisce over our travels, we usually remember experiences rather than our ritzy hotel room and its view of the sea. Are you ready to make some new holiday memories?

Start off your trip to Fisherman's Wharf by trying some of these activities:

Got a few spare moments? Visit our Fisherman's Wharf things to do page for a complete list of activities.


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Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco £204
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Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Clean, good location, was able to check in quite early

    Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf £120
    Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020
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    Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

    Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

    2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
       
      3.9 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Staff was friendly

      Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf £172
      Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020
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      Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf

      Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf

      1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Hotel is in a very safe location, 2min walk to fisherman’s warf. Staff is very friendly, beds are soo comfortable and room and bathroom is spotless! My only complaint is there isn’t a mini fridge in the room which is pretty standard for most hotels. Plan to be charged $100 a night for ...

        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
        Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020
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        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

        495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The view is great,, the room was also beautiful and welcoming

          Wharf Inn £119
          Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020
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          Wharf Inn

          Wharf Inn

          2601 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
             
            3.6 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location, great rate, very helpful and friendly staff, plus free parking!

            Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf £158
            Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020
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            Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

            Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

            1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The hotel was quiet and extremely well run. Staff were very attentive and paid attention to details. Any request was immediately dealt with.

              Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
              Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020
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              Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

              Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

              250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
                 
                4.0 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Ronald welcomed us to the hotel. He was very kind and helpful. He went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. Exceptional service. Games near the lobby were fun. Cool chairs to sit in if you enjoy reading. Our room had a magnetic dartboard! Bayview room highly recommended.

                Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
                Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020
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                Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

                Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

                425 North Point, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Staff was pleasant and helpful as the city was shutting down due to Corona virus.

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