San Francisco Road Trip Facts

~San Francisco Road Trip Article

Here’s How You Do It:

Reserve any mid-week Hostel lodging in advance during peak (Mar-Oct) season and for weekends, reserve in advance all year around.

Flying in? Airports – San Francisco or Oakland.

**Purchase in advance your tickets to event or tours such as Alcatraz as these sell out.

~Location: First stop was Point Reyes Hostel 1390 Limantour Spit Road Point Reyes, CA 94956 Phone # (415) 663-8811

GPS Coordinates: N 38 02.646, W 122 51.727

Second stop was The Marin Headlands Hostel Fort Barry Building 941 Sausalito, CA 94965 Phone # (415) 331-2777

GPS Coordinates: N 37 49.742, W 122 31.191

Third stop was Point Montara Lighthouse 16th Street and Highway 1 Montara, CA 94037 Phone # (650) 728-7177

GPS Coordinates: N 37 32.199, W 122 31.127

Fourth stop was  The Carmelita Cottages 321 Main Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone # (831) 423-8304

Final Stop Moonstone Beach in Cambria at The Little Sur Inn.

 ~Ranger Station: N/A

 ~Nearest Town and Amenities: Nearest to the Point Reyes Hostel Point Reyes w/ hiking, the Point Reyes Lighthouse. The town of Point Reyes has a decent sized market with healthy choices. The town itself has an upscale feel.

San Francisco, 10 minutes from the Marin Headlands, offers a wealth of choices. Take a ride on the famous cable cars, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Haight Asbury, the botanical garden, and much more. Planning a visit is subjective so coordinate according to what you enjoy.

Half Moon Bay is closest to Point Montara and there are a number of restaurants overlooking the water that offer casual patio dining.

Santa Cruz is a fun town, especially for those with kids as the amusement park is a draw.

Cambria if your decision is to splurge, Moonstone Beach is the best and there are a number of beachfront choices. Deals can be had by shopping and  booking online.

~Campground/s: Can you camp near the Golden Gate Bridge? Yes and it’s free. Check this link also.

 ~Warnings: Point Montara does lock the gate nightly and reopen it in the morning (check times) as your car and YOU will be confined according to parking overnight.

Santa Cruz Hostel has no on site parking, when we were there, we parked about 2 blocks away. Now they advertise $2 parking so an update is suggested. And check their out time as they were one of the few hostels (the only one we’ve come across) that still had to adhere to the empty of guests window of time between 10am-4pm. This is unusual but may be due to zoning. The hostel is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood about a block from the beach.

~Permits: N/A

 ~Weather: Always check. http://www.weather.com

 ~Suggestions: Viewing the Golden Gate Bridge can be glorious or it can be a little bit of a letdown. Lighting has everything to do with it. Sunrise and sunset light the bridge and make it something to behold. There are a number of viewing areas but we found Marin Headlands at sunrise and Crissy Field toward sunset to be nice. Check sunrise/sunset times.

Check this link, by Hostel Rocket for 20 free things to do in San Fran!

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