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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.
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
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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in San Francisco.
Thank you so much. We had a really good time. All my guest said it was the best experience ever! . The boat was on time from the pier 40 in San Francisco. The Captain is a very nice person and she waited for all my guest. We had the best sunset ever with the Golden Gate in the back. And the city lights at night. Amazing experience. Very clean and safe.
Memo was the perfect guide for our sail around the bay. He was friendly, fun and accommodating to our group. The boat was beautiful, the sailing was expertly done and our experience was unforgettable. If you’re looking to sail and have an amazing adventure, Memo is your guy!!!
Captain Timothy is the man! His boat is cozy, comfortable, clean and well-stocked with all the amenities. Timothy himself is a consummate host, courteous, professional and welcoming. We over-estimated traffic and arrived early. He said "No problem, let's just get underway early!" We will definitely do this again :)
Our group had the time of our lives with Captain Pam on "Glory Days"! Even though it was cold, windy, and rainy during our trip, we enjoyed every bit of it. We ordered a catering package for our trip, and it was prepared very neatly below deck. I highly recommend booking with Captain Pam if you're wanting a fun and adventurous experience!
We had a super trip from Sausalito today. Communication prior to our trip was really clear, the boat was fantastic, and Captain Pam was a great skipper and knowledgeable guide. We were 12 adults and 3 toddlers and the boat was a perfect size, and the toddlers were very safe. Recommended
Captain Tim skippered a marvelously smooth & delightful tour of the Bay on a Thanksgiving weekend. He is indeed a gentleman yachtsman from his conviviality to his extensive knowledge of the Bay - all so generously shared. The Shanutski is so beautifully, tastefully and comfortably appointed with everything one could possibly need or want. We were cozy, safe and secure. An enjoyable outing for all! The Shanutski & Captain Tim are highly recommended.