Travel: On a Hot Day, There’s Nothing Like a Ferry on San Francisco Bay

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Vallejo Baylink Ferry, one of the 300-passenger, high-speed catamarans which cruise to San Francisco in 55 minutes.

 

Right on schedule in the Bay Area, we’re having Indian Summer, some of our hottest days of the year. It was 85º F today in San Francisco–and most of you know how rare that is. On glorious days like this I can think of few better places to be than on the water.  And since I don’t own a boat, taking a ferry is how I make that happen.  I  think the best ferry on the bay is the Baylink Ferry between Vallejo and San Francisco because  at 55 minutes it is by far the longest time you will spend on the water.  Oh, and by the way, I live in Vallejo.  But even if you don’t live in Vallejo, this is something you should know about.

You can leave your car at home because a number of bus routes in Napa and Solano counties stop at our Ferry Terminal and on the San Francisco side, the Ferry Building is only two blocks from the Embarcadero BART and Muni stations and an easy Muni connection (or even walk) from the Caltrain Station at Fourth and Townsend.  There are a dozen ferries each way on week days and eight on weekends. For a foodie like me, a stop at the Ferry Building is always warranted (this time it was a quick, but completely satisfying lunch at Mijita).  Bicycles are welcome on board, and there’s even a full bar. If Vallejo’s not your destination of choice, there’s also ferry service to Sauasalito, Larkspur, Angel Island, Alameda, and Jack London Square in Oakland. I take the ferry as often as I can and find it a totally civilized way to travel–driving is just barbaric by comparison!  See more photos of the ferry trip my friend Adele and I made today from Vallejo to S.F., after the jump.

 

Our destination: San Francisco's Ferry Building, as seen from the water.

 

 

Our ultimate destination: Mijita for lunch, one of dozens of possibilities in the Ferry Building (vegetarian taco, strawberry aqua fresca, fish taco).

 

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(SEE MY PREVIOUS POST ABOUT THE FERRY BUILDING FARMER’S MARKET HERE)


 

Vallejo's Ferry Terminal

 

 

Vallejo's waterfront: cruising past Mare Island, former naval shipyard.

 

 

Ferry interior: comfortable, most often uncrowded.

 

 

Passing under the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

 

 

San Francisco from the water.

 

 

Front of San Francisco's Ferry Building

 

 

Farmer's markets are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

 

Esplanade along the waterfront, Ferry Building in the background.

 

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One response

  1. Wow! We are having a heat wave. The photo of Mijita is a true testament to summer in San Francisco! The lunch looks absolutely lucious, and I plan to pare it with a visit to the Ferry Farmer’s Market while we still have some summer to spare. Thank you, Gary, for this great summer inspiration!

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