Kayaking in the San Francisco Bay


Summers in San Francisco are generally chilly and foggy whereas Florida summers are almost too hot to function in. On this particular day we took advantage of the clear skies and warmer weather in the Bay.


We love exploring San Francisco because of the food, the bridges, the art, the weather and the vibes. It truly is a refreshing and lively city to be in. We have walked miles and  miles during our short time here in the Bay Area, so we wanted a different perspective of the city.


From Oakland, we took the BART to the Embarcadero and then walked to City Kayak. When we got to Pier 40 we were kind of lost and couldn’t find it. If you walk along the right side of the pier and go all the way to the very last door, that is where you rent the kayaks and pay. The pink sign on the left of pier that says City Kayak is misleading because the left of the pier is where you actually get into your kayak and take off.


City Kayak Summer Hours July through October 

Monday: 11am-5pm

Tuesday and Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11am-5pm

Friday: 11am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm

Winter Hours November through March

Monday: 12pm-5pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Closed

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Spring Hours April through June

Monday: 11am-5pm

Tuesday and Wednesday: Closed

Thursday-Sunday: 11am-5pm


Metered street parking is available on The Embarcadero. Ask for $20 day permit at check-in.

*Limited availability. First-come first-served.


The attendant was so hopeful and thorough. She walked us through the 3 different paths you can take, weather conditions, boating rules and asked us about our kayak experience.

The prices for rentals vary between the type of kayak (single vs double) and the length of time. For us, we rented a double sit-on-top kayak for 2 hours which was $75.

Here is their website for more information, City Kayak.


The price included the kayak rental, kayak, paddles, life vests, and a waterproof bag. There is always a risk of capsizing and having yourself and all your belongings go for dive. Luckily we managed to stay above water but quite a bit of water entered our kayak just from paddling and splashing.



Since I have only canoed, I wanted to take the beginner/intermediate route which was a closed off path from the Bay. We did leave the path to paddle to get some close up pictures of the Bay Bridge and the city but then turned around and paddled alongside the pier and AT&T Park- Home of the SF Giants.


We paddled alongside the most beautiful boat houses.


We also paddled up close to the home of the San Francisco Giants. Hopefully we can go to a game before our time here in the Bay is up. The views from the stadium are breathtaking.


If you are ever in the Bay area, you should definitely kayak. I loved being out on the water and seeing the city from this perspective.


Happy travels,

Sherise Rae

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