Sausalito is an iconic destination in the San Francisco Bay Area – which says a lot since San Francisco alone is full of icons like the Golden Gate Bridge, streetcars, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Sausalito, our little city by the bay, holds its own though with sweeping bay views, hillside homes, and a beautiful waterfront.
Many people traveling to Sausalito for the first time wonder if (and where) there’s a Sausalito boardwalk to stroll down. After all, it just seems like Sausalito should have a boardwalk, right?
Unfortunately, there’s no one grand Sausalito boardwalk that you might be hoping for. Instead, there’s one beautiful waterfront trail and four sections of boardwalk in Sausalito of varying length and niceness. In this post, you’ll learn about each of these Sausalito boardwalks, including where they are and whether I recommend seeking them out during your visit to Sausalito. Even though we don’t have one iconic boardwalk in Sausalito, there’s still plenty to see and do when strolling around town!
Bridgeway Promenade (Not the Sausalito Boardwalk)
When most people imagine a boardwalk in Sausalito, they’re actually thinking of Bridgeway Promenade, which stretches from the corner of Richardson Street and Bridgeway in the south to Yee Tock Chee Park in the north. This 0.4-mile stretch (one way) is arguably the best stretch of Sausalito waterfront – and certainly the most scenic, with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and San Francisco skyline.
However, Bridgeway Promenade is not a boardwalk – so it isn’t the Sausalito boardwalk you might be imagining. Bridgeway Promenade is a paved road with two paved sidewalks on either side; one on the water side and one on the hill side. While not “the” Sausalito Boardwalk you might be hoping to experience, Bridgeway Promenade is still beautiful to walk and definitely gives some of the best views in Sausalito.
The Three Sausalito Boardwalks
If Bridgeway Promenade is not the Sausalito boardwalk, you might wonder where it is… if one exists at all. Actually there are three areas of boardwalk in Sausalito, and I’ll cover each one separately. I’ve also created the map (above) which you can click and navigate to see where each Sausalito boardwalk is located.
The Tiffany Beach Sausalito Boardwalk
The boardwalk over Tiffany Beach is Sausalito’s southernmost boardwalk. This is a very short stretch of boardwalk in Sausalito, at just 350 feet long. The access points are located at the end of Main Street (south) and the corner of Richardson and Bridgeway (north).
While this might not be the long stroll down the Sausalito boardwalk you were imagining while planning your trip, this particular strech gives you the hands-down best views of the hillside homes in Old Town, Hurricane Gulch, and the Hill that give Sausalito its “Cinque Terre” vibe.
The Sausalito Yacht Harbor Sausalito Boardwalk
The longest stretch of boardwalk in Sausalito is located along the Sausalito Yacht Harbor north of Downtown and the Ferry Landing area. (Confused about Sausalito neighborhoods I’ve been mentioning ? I’ve got a guide for that!)
This is a 0.3-mile stretch of Sausalito boardwalk which begins at Spinnaker Point and follows the waterfront all the way to the Sausalito Yacht Harbor halfway up Johnson Street. In particular, there’s an extra 0.1-mile stretch that turns right at Seafood Peddler and also gives you views of Pelican Harbor.
If you’re looking for an iconic stroll down the boardwalk in Sausalito, this is the stretch of the waterfront you should head to during your visit!
The Schoonmaker Point Marina Sausalito Boardwalk
Finally, there’s one more area of boardwalk in sausalito – and it’s definitely the most overlooked. It’s also my favorite, as it’s well away from the crowds in Downtown and along Bridgeway Promenade, which can get choked with pedestrians strolling and taking in the view.
While the boardwalk near Schoonmaker Point Marina isn’t as scenic as the other two I’ve mentioned, this 450-foot length of boardwalk in Marinship has beautiful views of the ships moored in the harbor and part of it is literally lined with palm trees. Even better, this boardwalk connects to Schoonmaker Beach, which is a lovely spot for a picnic or to relax with your toes in the sand.
Speaking of picnics, if you find yourself peckish (aka in need of a snack) while strolling this section of Sausalito boardwalk, Le Garage is a lovely waterfront restaurant with tables on the boardwalk itself.
Bonus: The Tiniest Sausalito Boardwalk at Joinery
If you aren’t boardwalked-out yet, there is one more area of boardwalk in Sausalito, but it’s really so tiny that I don’t count it and it doesn’t give you much of an experience or view. Located at Joinery Beerhall (another waterfront restaurant) in New Town, the boardwalk wraps around the northeast and southeast sides of the building. On either end is just paved parking lot and walking trail, and the boardwalk itself is less than 150 feet long.
Additionally, it looks out over a now-ruined city marina area and one of the public docks which always brings in some of Sausalito’s most colorful characters!
While this Sausalito boardwalk isn’t worth seeking out on its own, if you decide to have a meal at Joinery or take the long walk along the Sausalito waterfront from the Ferry to Waldo Point, you’ll definitely pass this area.
While you came looking for info about one Sausalito boardwalk – now you know there are actually four stretches of boardwalk in Sausalito to stroll on! Have any questions about these Sausalito boardwalks? Let me know in the comments.