San Francisco December 08, 2016
10 Slow-Paced Small Towns Near San Francisco Where Life Is Still Simple
Every once in a while, we all need some time to take it easy, relax, and move at a slower pace. Fortunately, for those in San Francisco, we can easily get out of the 415 to find a variety of quaint, slow-paced towns nearby. You can feel a world away even within just 10-15 miles out of the city. The array of small towns with charm, simplicity, and a slow pace are plentiful in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are some of our favorites.
Tiburon is a spectacular little hideaway, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. Once you arrive, you'll feel the serenity of the city. Just sit back and enjoy the bay views.
Bolinas is a quiet seaside community in Marin County. Isolated from the hectic nature of the bay by the Bolinas lagoon, this quaint town has been able to preserve its classic 19th-century character through the years.
Pescadero has a New England charm. This is a one-traffic-light town with a strong community and a relaxed pace, yet it is only an hour or south of San Francisco. Be sure to visit the goat farm!
The town of Sonoma is a crucial link to Napa Valley’s wine and fine dining choices. Cozy cafes sit next to highly regarded restaurants. And as the wine flows, the pace remains laid back.
5. Port Costa
Port Costa is a tiny town in Contra Costa County. The population was just 190 at the 2010 census. A trip to Port Costa will take you back to a different time. Maybe even a different century.
If you're willing to drive a coupe of hours away from San Francisco, then explore this smaller wine town. Calistoga is at the north end of the Napa Valley, and much more humble and down-to-earth compared to other wine towns.
Occidental is a small town with a hippie vibe in the redwoods. It retains an old-school charm and a gentle way of life. Peace for all in Occidental.
Full of mom-and-pop shops, fresh food markets, and more, Petaluma has a walkable downtown, lots of historic buildings, and small-town charm. The river runs right through town, and makes this place seem out of time.
Benicia is a waterside city that seems to be neglected in the Bay Area. However, this isolation has created a friendly and intimate spot full of beautiful water views and good food.
Sausalito may be popular, but it still feels like a world away, even though it's just across the bay. Sausalito is a great environment for artists and creative thinkers. Its waterfront is also a wonderful place to chill and take in the views of San Francisco and the bay.
Did we miss your favorite slow-paced town near San Francisco? Let us know. Also, check out
8 Towns Near San Francisco With The Strangest Names You’ll Ever See.