This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sausalito. To help you make friends with Sausalito before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Sausalito is a small, bayside town with many personalities. On one hand, it is rustic, artistic, and maintains undercurrents of the counterculture community it once was. On the other hand, it can be posh, pricey, and sickly sweet, so it's great to have the option of getting a hostel in the area.
The first town north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito has much to offer the hosteler. While the downtown area along Bridgeway, lined with waterfront shops and restaurants, is a main tourist attraction, much more can be found off the beaten path. Historically, Sausalito has been known for everything from shipbuilding to bootlegging to houseboat hippies to seafood. Now, it’s a mixed plate.
For excellent dining and cozy cafes with the locals, choose Caledonia Street. Nearby, houseboat communities and art studios, and sometimes a combination of the two, rest by the bay. For a view of the Golden Gate like you’ve never seen it before, head to the Hawk Hill lookout, complete with great views, a historical bunker, and raptor sightings. Hikers and surfers can find a groovy refuge at Rodeo Beach, fondly called “Cronkhite” after the military fort by its shores; if you are looking for a Sausalito hostel, you will find options near here. Camping may also be an option and day hikes to Hill 88 or the Point Bonita light house come highly recommended.
To get in, go by car, bus, or bike across the bridge from San Francisco. To get around, walking and biking are best because parking can be hard to come by while bike rentals are bountiful. Scenic bike paths and trails are everywhere and lead to picnic-worthy bay front parks. Golden Gate Transit offers bus service around town and also connects Sausalito to other natural and cultural destinations in the North Bay Area, such as beautiful West Marin and wine country. Sausalito is a rewarding destination explored by itself or in addition to San Francisco and the rest of the North Bay.
Written by local enthusiast for Sausalito hostelsJennaOwl