Redwood City is a luxurious and welcoming retreat in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Boaters in the Bay Area searching for something a little less city-like than San Francisco should give Redwood City a look. A coastal town with a couple of options for visiting boaters, Redwood City is quite different from the urban life about 27 miles north in San Francisco. Very much akin to Long Beach in southern California, Redwood City is the mellow happy medium of a city between urban San Francisco and suburban San Jose to the southeast, similar to how Long Beach is situated conveniently between Los Angeles and Orange County.
Redwood City is located deep into the San Francisco Bay, between the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge on the west side of the bay. Bair Island Marina has boat slips and end-ties from 20 to 75 feet, 30- and 50-amp power, heated shower and laundry facilities, and a full-time staff, but boaters should call ahead, (650) 701-0382, to inquire about available guest spots. Another option is Westpoint Harbor to the northeast. This harbor is much more secluded than Bair Island, allowing for more immersion into the natural beauty that surrounds the harbor. Reserve guest moorage by calling (650) 701-0545.
Redwood City has lived with the motto “Climate Best By Government Test” for many decades. The tagline is a nod to climate surveys that were conducted by the U.S. and German governments before World War I, which concluded that Redwood City has one of the best climates in the world, along with the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa. The ideal climate was defined as not too hot, not too cool and the perfect amount of precipitation.
THINGS TO DO
There’s a lot to do in the rapidly growing downtown area — from boutique shops to a bevy of eateries and all the business services one would expect from a thriving suburban community. There are myriad shops for eclectic tastes, from vintage to modern housewares and clothing in what has become known to some as the “antimall” for the assorted boutiques and family-owned grocery stores, hobby shops and global furniture stores. There are easily more than 100 retail stores in the downtown Redwood City area for boaters to explore.
Anyone tired of eating what’s on board and wanting to venture out to downtown Redwood City will be rewarded for making the trip a few miles trip inland (depending on the marina). Vesta, a pizza and tapas restaurant, is locally renown for the honey and sausage pizza, as well as having a rotating vegan option, so all palates can enjoy. La Viga is an upscale yet affordable Mexican restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. It offers contemporary seafood dishes and refreshing spirited beverages. Early risers in search of a quick and hearty breakfast should stop by Homeskillet for a quick homemade donut or pastry, or they can sit down for a hot diner-style meal of hashbrowns, eggs and toast.
STRETCH THOSE SEA LEGS
Bair Island was recently restored and features several hiking trails the adventuresome on the crew can enjoy. Stroll along the wetlands and the bay on the nature trails, which feature plenty of informative plaques and picnic areas to enjoy the stretches of open water and the best weather in the world — literally. There is also a boat launching facility available. The Pacific Shores area offers a fitness center and more parks and walking paths, so boaters can get their 10,000 steps.
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