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Offline Daveymac

On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:16:40 pm »
Hi! I am making my way south into California & looking ahead to San Francisco... I was in San Fran for a few days in 2003 & liked it...
I am planning on resting for one day in the area... the rooms are obviously on the expensive side...

Would you stay in San Fran or continue on to somewhere like Half Moon Bay?
If you choose to stay in the city, where would you stay?!

Thanks a mil..

Dublin Dave.

Offline John Nelson

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 11:07:17 pm »
I chose to ride through SF from Samuel Taylor State Park to Half Moon Bay, for the reasons you stated. I didn't want to pay SF prices. There's a nice campground at Half Moon Bay, but watch out for the raccoons there.

Offline Daveymac

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 12:03:01 am »
Thanks John for your feedback!

Offline DaveB

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2017, 10:39:41 am »
If you've already been to SF as a tourist and have seen the city, then keep going and avoid the high cost of staying there.  If you decide to stay in the city, look around the Union Square area.  It's  conveniently located and the hotels are "reasonably priced", at least by SF standards, and there are a lot of plain but good restaurants.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 11:43:08 am »
I chose to ride through SF from Samuel Taylor State Park to Half Moon Bay, for the reasons you stated. I didn't want to pay SF prices. There's a nice campground at Half Moon Bay, but watch out for the raccoons there.

Same here. Exactly, except we had our raccoon experience on the Oregon coast instead.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline erniegrillo

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 03:24:11 pm »
Check the youth hostel at the Montara Lighthouse
south of the city (after the Devils Slide)
You can't beat the views.

Offline adventurepdx

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Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 08:09:27 pm »
If you want to go to San Francisco and avoid "San Francisco" prices, you can stay at one of the hostels. There are several, including three HI ones.

If you want to go to San Francisco and stay at a hostel, but want to avoid the hassle of getting through the central city with a loaded bike, you can stay at the HI-Fort Mason (Fisherman's Wharf) Hostel. It's about three miles (via bike) from the GG Visitor Center, and uses a lot of bike paths. Then you can leave your stuff at the hostel and either ride around town, or take a break and use transit.
https://www.hiusa.org/hostels/california/san-francisco/fishermans-wharf

Offline Daveymac

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 09:42:16 pm »
Hi there!

Thank you for your advice & feedback!
I think a hostel is the way to go...
As i am on my own it can also be a nice way to meet other people!
I think i will try & arrive in the early afternoon, check in, spend the afternoon, night & next morning just strolling around & relaxing & pack and move at lunchtime on Day 2!

Offline litespeed

Re: On Pacific Coast.. to stay in San Fan or keep moving?
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 12:11:00 pm »
When I was going down the west coast I stayed a few days at the Petaluma KOA and rode the excellent, handy, frequent bus into SF for sightseeing. It stops right by the campground.