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Bay and Delta Places To Visit By Water: Pier 39

Hotels in San Francisco are expensive and can be hard to get, so why not enjoy all the sites and attractions of the Pier 39 area by taking that beautiful boat of yours to the Pier 39 Marina, where you can crash on it after a long day of being ultra-tourists?


Quick Tips:

  1. You will need to get a reservation in advance, and they are open from 8:00-4:00. Call 415-705-5436, or hail them on VHF16.

  2. Depending on the weather conditions, there can be quite a swell, even in the marina. Check the marine forecast or call the marina to find out how rough it might be. Maybe pack some Dramamine, just in case.

  3. When the wind whips up in the afternoon, it can get quite chilly. Be sure to bring some warm clothes.


Cruising into Pier 39 with your boat for the night can be a memorable experience. Here's what you can expect:

Scenic Approach As you cruise towards Pier 39, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island. The approach offers breathtaking scenery and photo opportunities. Navigational Considerations It's important to navigate carefully, following the designated channels and observing any navigational markers or buoys in the area. Pay attention to other boat traffic and follow the instructions of harbor authorities or marina staff. Mooring and Docking Pier 39 has several transient docking options available for overnight stays. Upon arrival, you will be guided to an assigned slip or mooring location by the marina staff. They will assist you with docking and provide any necessary instructions. Amenities and Facilities Pier 39 offers a range of amenities and facilities for boaters. These may include access to water, electricity, restroom and shower facilities, and on-site security. Some marinas in the area also offer fueling services. Pier 39 Attractions Once docked, you'll have easy access to the many attractions and activities at Pier 39. Explore the bustling waterfront, visit the Aquarium of the Bay, or enjoy the lively atmosphere with street performers and live entertainment. You can also browse the shops, indulge in delicious seafood, or simply relax and enjoy the views. Evening Atmosphere Pier 39 comes alive in the evenings with a vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the bay, and as night falls, witness the city lights illuminating the skyline. Take a leisurely stroll along the pier or relax on your boat, soaking in the ambiance of the waterfront. Nearby Dining Options Pier 39 offers a wide variety of dining options, from seafood restaurants to casual eateries and sweet treat shops. Sample local favorites like clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl or indulge in gourmet cuisine while enjoying views of the bay. Nighttime Views One of the highlights of staying overnight at Pier 39 is the opportunity to experience the stunning nighttime views of San Francisco. The city's skyline, with its iconic landmarks and twinkling lights, creates a magical ambiance.

Remember to make reservations in advance if required, as availability can vary. It's also important to familiarize yourself with any rules and regulations for overnight stays and adhere to marina guidelines to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
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