Not For Tourists Guide to San Francisco 2016 by Not for Tourists

Not For Tourists Guide to San Francisco 2016 by Not for Tourists

Author:Not for Tourists
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Not For Tourists
Published: 2014-01-01T05:00:00+00:00

San Francisco Marina & Marina Green


Until 1912, the Marina Green area was primarily underwater, its shore dominated by sand dunes, fishermen’s hovels, and power plants. After the area was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, 635 acres were filled with sand, mud, and quake detritus to create the grounds for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Today the area is occupied by three exclusive yacht clubs (are there any other kind?) and a public park. The San Francisco Marina is overseen by the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department and is composed of two harbors, West Harbor and East Harbor (a.k.a. Gashouse Cove). The Marina Green, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, separates the two harbors.

The Marina Green is San Francisco’s front lawn. A half-mile strip of grass with a seawall on its bayside, the Green is lined with the opulent, glass-fronted mansions of the Marina district with their remarkable views of the Bay. The Green itself is usually dotted with kite flyers and is sometimes used for organized athletic activities. There’s a paved walkway with benches along the seawall, or you can venture out onto the jetty to contemplate the magnificent views of Alcatraz, Russian Hill, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

A controversial proposal to build two new breakwaters in the Bay has created some heat in the community—environmentalists and locals believe that the barriers would disrupt tidal patterns and increase sedimentation and erosion of the shore, not to mention ruining the view of the bay from the Green. The cynics in the group claim that the whole project is orchestrated by the owners of expensive boats who are concerned only with sailing conditions.

One of the Marina’s most unique sites is the Wave Organ, located at the end of the jetty on Yacht Road. Part musical instrument, part environmental sculpture, the Wave Organ is made of stones from a demolished cemetery and 25 PVC pipes submerged beneath the jetty. The organ creates music from the movement of the tides of San Francisco Bay.


The marina has 686 boat slips and houses the St. Francis Yacht Club, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, and City Yachts (10 Marina Blvd, 415-567-8880). At Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), the depth of the west entrance channel is usually between 10 and 20 feet, while the MLLW in the east channel is between 10 and 15 feet.

The St. Francis Yacht Club ( offers guest docking facilities ranging in price from 35¢ to 50¢ per foot per day and $6.50–$26 extra for power hookups. Non-members must present a letter of introduction from their yacht club to gain entry. The VHF radio channels for the St. Francis Yacht Club dockmaster are 68 and 69.

The Golden Gate Yacht Club ( also offers reciprocal privileges to members of other yacht clubs. Call 415-346-2628 for info and reservations. Docking rates are $20 per calendar day plus 40¢ per foot over 30 feet. Power hookups cost $5 per day.

No Boat?

Then why not focus on your body? Exercise equipment and a parcourse stop are at the southeast corner of the Green.


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