Richmond is 16 miles northeast of San Francisco, directly across the bay, and can satisfy a variety of interests.
You may have passed by Richmond, Calif., while en route to other coastal towns in the Bay Area. Perhaps this quick escape will persuade you to stop in and take a closer look. The city is almost as much water area as it is land. The name “Richmond” came from Edmund Randolf, who was originally from Richmond, Va., himself. Richmond sits on 32 miles of waterfront, more than any other city in the Bay Area.
WHERE TO MOOR
Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in the Inner Harbor Basin offers guest mooring. For vessels less than 75 feet LOA, the fee is $0.50 per foot per day, with a $12 minimum; for vessels 75 to 100 feet, the fee is $1 per foot per day; and vessels longer than 100 feet are $1.50 per foot per day. BoatUS members get 25 percent off per night for guest berthing. It’s best to call 24 hours ahead to see if there are any available berths.
While Richmond is perceived as a gritty urban city, it is home to a multitude of different species of animals and outdoor activities. From humble harbor seals to majestic migrating Canada geese, wildlife thrives in Richmond’s rich and diverse habitat both in the water and on land. The Bay Trail, which is fragmented, runs all around the Bay Area, including Richmond, and may one day be built to all link together. Richmond currently has the longest stretch of the Bay Trail, and a remaining eight miles of trail are currently being built out. The Bay Trail is for bicyclists and pedestrians, and the trail project’s end goal is to connect more than 500 miles of trail all over the Bay Area.
Hungry boaters will be happy discover many options for meals nearby. For a truly unique culinary experience, head to Bubbaloo, which is a Vietnamese- Filipino-American fusion restaurant in the Richmond Marina that serves breakfast and lunch only. Try the lumpia (traditional Filipino eggrolls) or the lemongrass chicken for a memorable and affordable meal. For a more upscale dining experience, mosey to Salute E Vita Ristorante. Find a seat near the window for a panoramic view of the bay and enjoy a spirited beverage from the full bar. Enjoy a grand evening of Italian favorites and make sure you save room for the tiramisu. For something for breakfast or lunch, head west to Assemble, which is adjacent to Rosie the Riveter’s Visitor Center in the revamped Richmond shipyards. Right next door to the SS Red Oak Victory is Carica Wines at Riggers Loft, which has a spacious wine tasting room and a breathtaking view of the bay. Check its website for an event calendar, which includes Paint and Sip, live music, and trivia nights.
RIVETED BY HISTORY
The Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park is on Marina Bay. Here visitors can learn about the war contributions of women and minorities during World War II. There is an education center adjacent to the memorial park where visitors can learn more about how the drafting of all the white male workers meant war industry jobs fell to women and minorities. Kaiser Shipyards occupied the site during World War II, when workers there produced 747 ships, making it the most productive shipyard in history. Additionally, Richmond had a total of 55 war industries. The historical park was established on the waterfront in Richmond in 2000 to honor and commemorate those who served at home while soldiers were fighting overseas.
Across Santa Fe Channel to the west of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial sits SS Red Oak Victory. It is the last surviving vessel of the 747 ships that were built at the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards during World War II. Today she serves as a museum ship and is one of the last surviving WWII Victory ships, which, with their cousins the Liberty ships, were built on an emergency basis to supply the war effort. They stand today as a symbol of the U.S.’s national resolve and industrial might during WWII.
TO THE WEB
Ci.Richmond.ca.us (City of Richmond)
MBYH.com (Marina Bay Yacht Harbor)