With picture-perfect weather, extensive hiking trails, a state park that takes up an entire island and proximity to Napa and Sonoma wine country, Tiburon is perfect for date night, vacation travel or building your dream home. Find out what makes this coastal California town so unique.
Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayla must have seen the plentiful leopard sharks off the coast of Tiburon Peninsula when he anchored in 1775, because Tiburon means shark. John Reed kept the name when he received the land from Mexico. The area didn’t really begin to grow until the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad negotiated with Reed heirs to add a railroad terminal in the area. The railroad brought cod from Alaska and coal and other goods from across the nation.
Angel Island State Park is a California Historical Landmark with panoramic views of San Francisco, Mount Tamalpais and the Marin County coastline. From the north, visitors see all the way to Sonoma and from the south, they can see San Jose.
The island has the remnants of Miwok Native American villages and Pre-Civil War cattle ranching. In 1893, it served as a quarantine station for immigrants from Asia. The island is covered in native grass and scrub, with evergreens, Incense Cedar and Live Oak throughout.
The only way to get to the island is by private boat or public ferry. If you take the ferry from Tiburon, the cost of passage includes park admission. Rent a bicycle on the ferry or bring a scooter or Segway from the mainland. Fish from a pier, hike the Perimeter trail or just lounge on one of the beautiful beaches.
Exploring the Mainland
Tiburon has a number of excellent restaurants, all of which offer choices as healthy as they are flavorful. Tiburon is the only city in the world that prohibits trans fats in all restaurant food. Have breakfast at a local favorite Café Acri, where you can enjoy your morning espresso within view of the ferry. Venture into the redwood forest at Muir Woods or picnic at Stinson Beach. Shop Main Street or catch a movie at Tiburon Playhouse, then dine alfresco at local restaurants and bars.
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