Tuesday February 25, 2014
San Francisco is one of the few cities in the USA where a car is actually a hinderance instead of a help. Truthfully, you should'nt even think of renting one unless you are planning a trip to somewhere outside of the city - like Muir Woods or the wine country.
For those staying in the Union Square area or on the Wharf, almost eveything you are going to want to see is within walking distance or easily accessible by either the cable car or the historic streetcar - both of which are cheap and tons of fun.
Those wanting to explore the real residential areas of the city, and outlying destinations like the beach and the zoo, can also easily find their way on the city's Muni Metro subway and the BART rapid transit rail, which also goes across the bay to Oakland and Berkeley.
Getting more adventurous, the city by the bay is also home to an extensive ferry system, which allows you to visit Marin County as well as natural paradises like Angel Island State Park.
Last but not least, San Francisco is extremely bicycle friendly, and there are rental agencies all over the waterfront and downtown.
So scrap the car rental reservations and get ready to experience the compact city of San Francisco like a local, most of us don't even own a car.
Photo by Ocean Malandra
Tuesday February 18, 2014
The South of Market neighborhood, once nothing more than warehouses bordering the freeway and now the highest real estate market in the city, is a multi-faceted area.
From the the hip cafes of Folsom st. to the high rises near the Embarcadero, SoMa is full of young, creative and wealthy energy - as this is where the Internet start-up boom has its locus.
Not necessarily tourist friendly, SoMa does have its hidden jews, including the hottest nightlife scene in downtown SF, so check out my new guide to the area:
Insiders Guide to the South of Market Area
Image Courtesy of Brainwash Cafe
Thursday February 13, 2014
San Francisco´s Castro District is famous for its nightlife, gay and lesbian owned businesses and all around scenic beauty. But there is very little in the way of accommodations in the area.
However, I did my best to hunt down the lodging options in the GLBT capital of the country, and I found a bit of everything - from motels to B& Bs, even a weekly hotel with cheap rates.
Check out my new list of places to stay in the Castro District here:
Hotels in the Castro
Image Courtesy of the Metro Hotel<\a>
Monday February 3, 2014
Now in it's 22nd year, Noise Pop is San Francisco's local independent music, art and film festival.
From February 25th to March 2nd, dozens of San Francisco's top local music and art venues across many different neighborhoods will be transformed into showcases of the Bay Area's top talent.
The Noise Pop Festival is an excellent chance to dive headfirst into San Francisco's dynamic independent creative scene, and the event has actually lead to the career launching of several now-famous groups like Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips.
For complete ticketing and event information visit the Noise Pop official website.