A Tiburon Outing
One of the jewels of Marin County is Tiburon, a scenic peninsula across the bay from San Francisco. This pretty sailing village 10 miles north of Sausalito, is perfect for a day out, with an enjoyable means of transport for getting there. Depart by ferry boat from Pier 41 at Fisherman’s Wharf or from the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero for Tiburon, where fine weather is just about guaranteed. The journey is just 40 minutes from the city. Alternatively, take the ferry that connects Sausalito to Tiburon.
Getting to Tiburon
A passing sailboat framed by the Golden Gate Bridge makes a great shot. Irresistible Instagram moments are plentiful, passing Angel and Alcatraz islands, capturing spray in the foreground as landmark tower skyline shots pull away in the distance.
Some 30 to 40 minutes later, stepping off the Blue & Gold Fleet ferry boat, downtown Tiburon is immediately at hand. Notice the embedded old tracks of this former railroad terminus, once the end of the line for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Later incorporated as a town, Tiburon celebrated its first 50 years in 2014.
See historic Ark Row shops converted from turn-of-the-century boat houses dating back to when the lagoon between the Tiburon peninsula and the neighboring island of Belvedere was filled in. Charming boutiques in buildings of the period line both sides of Main Street. Everything is accessible on foot; the shopping quarter is just beyond the wharf’s collection of popular restaurants with deck seating right on the water, including the 1920 Sam’s Anchor Café. Seafood, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, pizza, outdoor grill and American breakfast favorites are all within a 10-minute walk from the ferry landing.
Beyond Main Street
Shoreline Park is a small, grassy space with wonderful Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island views located within a few minutes’ walk from the ferry pier. The Tiburon Railroad-Ferry Museum Building offers insight into Tiburon’s former way of life over a century ago as the railroad station master’s home. Bicyclist enthusiasts can choose to ride along shoreline paths and hikers looking for an easy-to-moderate walk can head for Mt. Tamalpais, the highest peak of the Marin Hills, where far-reaching views are superb.
If you decide to stay longer, Tiburon has two options within stone’s throw. The Lodge at Tiburon is set on three acres located a few minutes’ walk along Tiburon Boulevard. Their indoor/outdoor gastropub dining at the tavern and a lively bar scene with daily happy hours supplement comfortable accommodation in guest rooms with direct outdoor access to the property’s interior garden, fire pits and swimming pool. For a stunning setting, Waters Edge Hotel is right next to the ferry, providing five-star comfort and a fire pit on the deck just outside the guest rooms with a view.
Did You Know?
- The town’s original name, Punta de Tiburón means ‘Shark Point’ in Spanish, but the origins of this name are unclear, as there are no sharks in the waters of San Francisco Bay or Richardson Bay.
- Old St. Hilary’s, the Carpenter Gothic landmark church overlooking the town was built of redwood on a hillside wildflower preserve in 1888.
- Forbes Magazine has long rated Tiburon as one of the nation’s most expensive residential zip codes.