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What to Know About Renting a Boat in San Francisco

San Francisco boat rentals offer a wide range of options from chartering a boat with a captain to renting one and take the helm. Chartering a boat in this part of California enables you to kick back and enjoy the cruise, without having to worry about driving or all the other little details. Charter anything from a small powerboat to cruise around or a luxury catamaran for the perfect day of sailing. 

Chartering a boat for a day is a very relaxing way to stay close to the waters. Sunset and dinner cruises are also available for a more romantic experience. Rent a motor yacht or a sailboat for a luxurious day of exploring around San Francisco. Cruising beneath the Golden Gate Bridge or taking a ferry that departs from the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street are experiences you'll never forget.

If you're the type of traveler who enjoys getting exercise during your travels, check out our offerings for kayak rentals and standup paddleboard rentals and lessons in San Francisco. You can embark on a memorable tour with a guide, or rent equipment on your own for a few hours of exploring, It's a fantastic upper body workout, the perfect option for sporty travelers and fitness fanatics. 

You can rent watercrafts as small as a kayak to huge power and sailboats on the Bay. If you love fishing, go for a half-day or full-day fishing trip. Depending upon the season your catch might include rockfish, salmon, halibut, albacore, or sanddabs. Book a full-service fishing charter in San Francisco with GetMyBoat for the perfect day of reeling and relaxing on a boat. 

For adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, consider booking a water sports experience or rental while in San Francisco. Try a kiteboarding lesson or book a jet ski to fly through the waves at high speed! 

A wonderful experience to have in San Francisco that you're sure to never forget is a whale watching tour. Climb aboard a passenger boat in the Bay and cruise out where you can see gray whales swimming in their natural habitat. It's something that you and your travel companions will never forget. Need more ideas on things to do in San Francisco? This comprehensive guide on California Travel Media gives you a great 4-day San Francisco Itinerary, complete with all the things you must see and do!

Boating Locations in San Francisco

The predictable winds and the iconic sights that dot the city of San Francisco often make it a favorite destination for boaters. Although San Francisco has countless ways to keep you busy, spending a day on the Bay is not something you should miss.

Not sure where to spend your time on the bay? Boat rentals in San Francisco are perfect vessels to spend on the water.Sausalito, Foster City, San Jose, Emeryville, Tiburon, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and San Mateo are also some of the recommended places to spend time on the water.

Boating Events in San Francisco 

 A few epic boating events that take place in San Francisco include the Lighted Boat Parade by Fisherman's Wharf, the Master Mariner's Regatta where gorgeous wooden boats sail the harbor in friendly competition, and the Rolex Big Boat Series sailing competition from the San Francisco Yacht Club.  

Marinas in San Francisco

A few of the most notable marinas in San Francisco include The San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor, the Marina at Pier 39, and Gashouse Cove Marina. These marinas are all in iconic locations around the city on the water. One of the best free things you can do on a visit to San Francisco is to take a walk by the marinas and admire the boats cruising in and out of the harbor and around the bay. Watch the sunset here for an unforgettable view. 

About San Francisco, California

A hilly landscape, classic Victorian houses, and the perfect mild climate is the backdrop for you to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco. Since the city is on a peninsula and is surrounded by water on three sides, the Bay Area promises a lot of exciting opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Whether you have your boat or are renting or chartering, San Francisco’s waters will never disappoint you.

The best time of year to visit San Francisco is during the autumn months of September and October. The peak summer months are beautiful but can be more expensive, and the winters in San Francisco are usually dreary with lots of rain and gray skies. 

San Francisco is easy to get to by flight to its international airport, by Greyhound bus or driving in on major highways. 

Using GetMyBoat to Rent Your Next Boat

Experiencing the water has never been easier thanks to GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat allows you to search quickly, compare prices, submit boat hire inquiries, and pay for your rental or charter from the convenience of your phone or computer. We offer a secure platform for renters to facilitate a seamless hire/charter transaction. For boat owners, we connect millions of customers to their boat and provide the security and safety checks on each hire/charter transaction.

Search for the perfect experience now and book your dream day out on the water.

San Francisco Boat Rental FAQs

How much does it cost to rent a boat in San Francisco?

Boat rentals in San Francisco start at $150/hour for a modest sailboat or small powerboat rental. Prices can go up to well over $4,000 for private luxury yacht charters in San Francisco.

What can you see on a boat tour in San Francisco?

On a boat tour in San Francisco you can check out all the highlights like:

  • Alcatraz Island
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Angel Island
  • Fisherman’s Wharf

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in San Francisco.

  1. JF
    John
    Excellent social distancing yacht - Sailing on a 33' Seawind Cruising Catamaran In Richmond, California

    Family went out with Jan for Mother's Day and it was a perfect day. The boat was exactly what we needed and wanted for checking out the bay and we had everything on board we needed. Jan provided necessary odds and ends and was knowledgeable, professional, a lot of fun, and very communicative. The boat was comfortable with places to go get sun and sight see and also to hang out inside to have a snack and relax. We even got to go swimming with a sea lion. Highly recommended.

  2. MC
    Mika
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Tim was awesome! We did a boat baby shower excursion. The weather that day in SF was pretty foggy and windy, but Tim managed to take us all around Angel Island, Belvedere Tiburon, etc to where the sun was shining and the water was calm! We had a sunset trip where he anchored and let us watch and once the sun was down we walked to the front of the boat to enjoy the SF skyline and city lights. Tim was upbeat and accommodating. We’ll definitely be rebooking with him!

  3. KM
    Kelli
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Stop searching and book this boat! Tim was extraordinarily kind, professional, and knowledgeable. He allowed us to customize our cruise while providing great insight and suggestions. The yacht was spotless and had plenty of room for our group to relax and have fun. The perfect choice for any occasion!

  4. EL
    Erin
    Excellent social distancing yacht - Sailing on a 33' Seawind Cruising Catamaran In Richmond, California

    Jan and Jason were amazing!!! We had a lovely Bay tour and saw whales and more while celebrating my mom's 70th! My boys (4 and 7) loved it and my 7 year old even received some sailing lessons from Jan and Jason. We know this will definitely be something we do again and again to enjoy the beauty of the Bay.

  5. HG
    Heather
    Excellent social distancing yacht - Sailing on a 33' Seawind Cruising Catamaran In Richmond, California

    We had a wonderful time on the Hokahey. Very fun, comfortable boat and very friendly and professional crew. Jan and Kat were great. Beautiful views and interesting sights. I would definitely recommend, and do it again!

  6. KC
    Kelsey
    Book the Private Boat Tours in - Brisbane, California on Dream Boat Motor Yacht

    It's a lovely boat and the speakers were really good!! It's a good size for a party of 12. We had a great time chilling under the sun, looking at some amazing views of the Bay. Giane was really prompt in replying to all the questions I had regarding the rental. Ryan the captain was really helpful as well! Great experience overall!