Insiders Tip: The term “Sausalito Boardwalk” is used by various sources to refer to three different places in Sausalito, only two of which actually have wooden sidewalks!
- The Bridgeway Promenade offers the most famous views in Sausalito and some of the best views of San Francisco anywhere, but its surface is concrete and (on the lower level) asphalt and rocks. No boards to walk on there!
- The boardwalk at the southern end of the Bridgeway Promenade, near the spot in Old Town where Sausalito was founded as a Mexican Rancho in 1838. This boardwalk functions as part of the Promenade, and was once used for a scene in a Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles film.
- The boardwalk north of the Sausalito Ferry pier (facing Sausalito Yacht Harbor and Pelican Yacht Harbor), spanning the border between Downtown Sausalito and the Caledonia St. area, starting at the (wonderful) Books by the Bay bookshop and ending just across from the Seafood Peddler restaurant.
The Northern Boardwalk
If you follow the shoreline north for two blocks from the Sausalito Ferry pier in Downtown Sausalito you’ll come to the foot of Bay St. and the Books by the Bay bookshop, the southern end of this boardwalk.
Sausalito boardwalk address for your GPS: 100 Bay St. Sausalito, CA 94965
Click here for information on Sausalito City Parking Lot #3, the best Sausalito boardwalk parking in this area.
The Southern Boardwalk
The Boardwalk in Old Town (the violet bar on the map screenshot above) runs behind homes and the old Sally Stanford’s Valhalla Restaurant between the foot of the Bridgeway Promenade and the foot of Main St. It is famous for being the location of a scene with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in the 1947 film, The Lady from Shanghai.
Sausalito boardwalk address for your GPS: Bridgeway at Richardson St., Sausalito, CA 94965
The best Sausalito boardwalk parking spots in this area are the metered spots on Bridgeway, but it’s also a lovely walk down from the city parking lots near the ferry pier.