San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
4.5
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Offers hiking and biking along its shores, paddling and sailing on top of its surface, and bird-watching and exploring among its wetlands.
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Sheree S
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
Both of us are very well travelled however, this is an extremely unsafe place to go.
We found ourselves heading back to the hotel before nightfall.
The homeless / drug problem is enormous and so sad to see, these people have literally given up on life. Human excrement lined the pavements and there is an awful lot of rummaging around in rubbish bins and on the floor. You are forgiven for thinking you are on a real film set of the living zombies.
The piers / fisherman’s wharf is like Blackpool on a good day.
The golden gate bridge was full of cyclist that thought they had to reach the maximum speed limit in their Lycra with very little regard for everyone else’s safety.
However, It’s not all quite doom and gloom, The trams were enjoyable and a good way to get down to Fisherman’s Wharf.
We booked the “ behind the scenes tour” for Alcatraz , our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The narrators that walked you through (via the headphones ) were actual ex guards and ex inmates, you get to see quite a lot, the cells, dungeons, dining room, even the morgue.
Unfortunately, we cut the holiday short to return to the UK as we felt there wasn’t a huge lot to see in San Fran and it was “ off the scale “ expensive” £20 for 2 ice creams ? The most expensive place in the USA.
Written 5 February 2024
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Coastal01712456099
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
An elderly Cantonese woman consistently makes hurtful comments about people's weight, which is both unkind and cruel.
Written 25 December 2023
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Nicko Bondar
9 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Standing at the edge of the San Francisco Bay, I was captivated by its immense beauty. The shimmering waters stretched out before me, framed by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the city's skyline. The gentle breeze and the sound of seagulls added to the tranquility. It's a serene escape within a bustling city, offering a perfect moment of serenity and awe. A must-visit for anyone in San Francisco.
Written 1 October 2023
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Peggy
Orlando, FL7 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Not the San Francisco I was expecting. I rarely ever criticize the people who work in the places I visit - but - here goes! The streetcar people are absolutely the pits!!!! Rude and lazy. I am a service worker and accustomed to treating people with respect. I had a confrontation with one of the drivers. He called me a “Karen” because I voiced my opinion about something that caused several people a lot of inconvenience that the company could have easily prevented. Really?? How racist is that???
Written 29 September 2023
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Bill B
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
Loved it there great City break👍used public transport and walked around safely. Although there are areas to keep away from just like any other city. Would recommend
Written 17 September 2023
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PandM_10
Great Malvern, UK258 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
What can be said, SF is on a bay and a very nice one at that, there is water and boats and Alcatraz.
And sunshine and Journey songs in your head.
Written 5 September 2023
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Phillip S
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
August 1, 2023 Visited parts of the seen 3 sites and left. Homeless people are everything around downtown area. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. Parked in Battery East parking. Signs said frequent break ins and don’t leave anything valuable in your car. We did not leave anything if value in the car. Was gone 15 minutes. Walked to the Golden Gate for a picture and walked back. Our rental car and two others had their windows smashed. The city knows these issues and do nothing about them. The law abiding citizens are not protected here.
Written 4 August 2023
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Mattkur
Chicago, IL130 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The time near the bay is a little cooler than the rest of town. Bring a sweatshirt or buy one down at the pier. They are fairly priced and of decent quality.
Written 24 July 2023
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Kelvin
Dunedin, New Zealand574 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We did this excursion by biking on hire e-bikes. It was an awesome way to see the bays and we would highly recommended it. The cycle lanes are safe and it was a relaxing way to get around the area.
Written 4 July 2023
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55608893
London, UK87 contributions
Apr 2023
A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, wondering along and having lunch at one of the many restaurants.
Written 16 June 2023
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