For the adventurous, kayaking on San Francisco Bay is a great way to experience the famous waterway on a personal level. City Kayak (415/357-1010, www.citykayak.com) has locations at both South Beach Harbor (Pier 40, Embarcadero at Townsend St.) and Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39, slip A21).
Beginners can take guided paddles along the shoreline, getting a new view on familiar sights. More advanced kayakers can take trips out to the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz Island. Rental equipment is available daily 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at the South Beach Harbor location.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition