SausalitoUnited States of America

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This sassy and sophisticated waterfront community with a Mediterranean flair is just a short ferry ride across San Francisco Bay.

From the pleasure boats bobbing up and down in the spacious harbor to the hillside bungalows surrounded by bougainvillea, Sausalito has the look and feel of the French Riviera. This impression is enhanced by a warm, mild climate most of the year.

The best way to get here is by the 30-minute ferry ride from San Francisco. Ferries leave from Pier 41 at Fisherman's Wharf and also from the San Francisco Ferry Building toward the southern end of the Embarcadero. The ride from Fisherman’s Wharf includes wonderful views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge from closer quarters. Be sure to bring a warm, wind-resistant jacket, as a cold breeze kicks up from the water even on the warmest days.

As Sausalito gradually comes into view, pick out the details of the impressive cliffside houses and charming early 20th-century cottages. Admire the town’s setting flanked by the forests and fields of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

After you disembark, take a stroll along the waterside esplanade lined with restaurants along picturesque piers. Wander through the downtown plaza, browsing in the smart boutiques and art galleries, and sip a café latte in one of the open-air cafés or bistros.

Though distinctly upscale today, Sausalito still has something of a bohemian vibe. It harks back to the 1950s and ’60s when it was known as an artists’ colony. Enjoy a look through some of the galleries, which sell locally made arts and crafts.

Sausalito is also famous for its houseboat community. It was here, while staying in a houseboat, that Otis Redding got the idea for his hit song, (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay. Today, there are hundreds of houseboats ranging from quirky and rundown to plush and expensive.

Where to stay in Sausalito

Old Town, Sausalito, California, United States of America
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Old Town

Though Old Town may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Old Town

Top hotels in Sausalito

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA
£311
per night
Mar 27 - Mar 28

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Golden Gate Bridge and within 6 miles (10 km) of Presidio of San Francisco and Palace ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (562 reviews)

"Great service! Beautiful area. Would definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Cavallo Point
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
801 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£302
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Situated near the bay, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Presidio of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts. Golden Gate Park and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (893 reviews)

"Great staff, perfect location, comfortable bed in a clean town. Beautiful views of the bay and the city."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Hotel Sausalito
Hotel Sausalito
2.5 out of 5
16 El Portal (at Bridgeway), Sausalito, CA
£154
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Golden Gate Bridge and within 9 miles (15 km) of Presidio of San Francisco and Palace of Fine Arts. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (504 reviews)

"A very charming boutique hotel with thoughtful amenities"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Hotel Sausalito

Popular things to do in Sausalito

Marin Headlands
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Marin Headlands

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Marin Headlands, a lovely green space in Sausalito. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or experience the acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Rodeo Beach
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Rodeo Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Rodeo Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Sausalito. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Marine Mammal Center
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Marine Mammal Center

Enjoy an outing to Marine Mammal Center during your stay in Sausalito. Amble around this vibrant area's seaside or experience its acclaimed art galleries.

Point Bonita Lighthouse
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Point Bonita Lighthouse

You can find out about the history of Sausalito when you stop by Point Bonita Lighthouse. Wander the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

Muir Beach
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Muir Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Muir Beach during your trip to Sausalito? Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Nike Missile Site SF-88
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Nike Missile Site SF-88

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Nike Missile Site SF-88, a lovely green space in Sausalito. Stroll along the seaside or experience the acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Top activities in Sausalito

Redwood Forests of Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais
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Redwood Forests of Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais

100% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult
Small-Group Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour
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Small-Group Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£51
Per adult
Shared Ferry: San Francisco to Sausalito
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Shared Ferry: San Francisco to Sausalito

88% of travellers recommend
£10
Per adult
Sausalito to Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Walking Tour
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Sausalito to Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Walking Tour

£42
Per adult
Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

92% of travellers recommend
£123
Per adult
8 Hour - Custom Wine Country Tour (Based on you reference).
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8 Hour - Custom Wine Country Tour (Based on you reference).

£71
Per adult

Reviews of Sausalito

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 23, 2019

A really nice place lots of shops and nice restaurants

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 16, 2019

Having been to Sausalito previously, it seems as a lot of shops are closing down because of lack of tourists visiting. Once you have looked round the town there is not much else to see or do.

4/5 - Good

ChrisF

Sep 27, 2019

Only there for one afternoon and overnight. Lots of eating places. Superb views across the bay to San Francisco. Very convenient for Marin Headlands with great views of Golden Gate bridge.

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