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On the southern tip of the peninsula that reaches into San Francisco Bay, Tiburon is a great choice if you want to enjoy the sights and buzz of San Francisco but would prefer to stay somewhere with a more intimate feel. Choosing one of the best places to stay in Tiburon also makes for a good jumping-off point for exploring the wider attractions of California, such as the vineyards of Napa Valley.
First and foremost, Tiburon is a place about water; the town is home to three world-renowned yacht clubs. So you can choose to go on the water or just watch the action from one of the waterside restaurants. And at some point during your stay, take the 10-minute ferry over to Angel Island, the largest natural island in San Francisco Bay with plenty of hiking trails and terrific views.
There are more hiking trails in Muir Woods - a stunning forest of ancient redwoods - and Ring Mountain, while mountain-bikers and cyclists can explore several trails around town, including Tiburon Ridge Trail and the testing Paradise Loop. If you just want to chill out, head to Stinson beach. Alternatively, browse the neat boutiques and eclectic shops of Main Street.
Other sights around town include the Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum, which traces the history of the Pacific Railroad; China Cabin, a glittering gold salon of the SS China liner; and Old St Hilary’s, a former mission church set amongst spectacular wildflowers.
It’s just 20 minutes on the ferry to downtown San Francisco, while the vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma are easily reached for day-trips. Choosing one of the best places to stay in Tiburon makes a viable alternative to the traditional choice of staying in San Francisco.
For the view
- Perfectly named, the Waters Edge has stunning views over San Francisco Bay from its broad area of decking - great for breakfast and cocktails. Be sure to book a bedroom - all sleek and modern - that has a bay view, too.
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Waters Edge 23 rooms from $246Tiburon
An intimate, boutique hotel located at the San Francisco Bay with a Grand Waterfront Deck offering spectacular views. Smart, purposefully designed rooms, some with views and a balcony, are a relaxing base. Minutes away from the Tiburon Nature Reserve. Complimentary breakfast and wifi.Foodies - The hotel is surrounded by many great, award-winning restaurantsLocal exploring - Many theatres and a performing arts centre close bySights nearby - Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, a hot tourist spot and many other historical sights nearbyKayaking - Adventurous way to explore Sausalito's Richardson Bay. All gear and training included