San Francisco Neighborhood Guide: The Marina
When most visitors to San Francisco think about The Marina, sometimes called the Marina District, they think of the Presidio, which borders this neighborhood to the west. However, when Bay Area residents think about The Marina, they think of the neighborhood’s incredible dining options, the day spas that pamper and please, the spectacular sightlines on the city’s waterfront, the trendy and chic shops and the easy rhythm of life here.
Few visitors or local residents know that this part of town was largely built on the ruins of other San Francisco neighborhoods. After the devastating 1906 earthquake, which leveled most of the buildings downtown, all the rubble was transported to this part of town and dumped into the area’s marshlands for fill. Little did anyone know that in just a few years, this swamp and dumping ground would become one of our city’s jewels and premier destinations. It wasn’t long before the site was chosen for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition with its grand pavilions, striking architectural accents and soaring spires. The only remaining building from this landmark is the Palace of Fine Arts, which is still on many travelers’ lists of must-visit San Francisco destinations.
An earthquake shaped the destiny of The Marina again in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake sparked a terrible fire known as the Marina blaze. The blaze and the earthquake destroyed most buildings in the neighborhood, leading to a new wave of construction in the area built with the latest codes for earthquake-resistant structures. Today, many of these new buildings house some of the most desirable residential and commercial real estate in the city. The Marina’s Union Street is widely regarded as having some of the best shopping, people watching and sightseeing in the city. If you’re hungry, check out some of the restaurants and bistros nearby on Chestnut. Make reservations well ahead as many of these places are booked months in advance.
If you’re young and single (or want to be young and single again) and want to hang out in the city’s hottest neighborhood for nightlife, make plans to spend a Friday or Saturday night in The Marina. Just don’t make any plans to drive as the few parking lots in the neighborhood are small and very expensive, and we hear that it can take a long time of cruising around to find a free spot.
We admit that our advice is somewhat biased, but we recommend that you rent one of our San Francisco limousines to experience all that The Marina has to offer. In doing so, you’ll make a big splash when you pull up in front of the hottest clubs, and you’ll never have to deal with parking hassles. When you’re done nightclubbing, you can enjoy one of our city’s best views while you cruise around in the comfort of your limo and sip a nightcap or two. For more information about renting one of our Bay Area limos, party vans, SUV limousines or other luxury transportation options while you party in The Marina or another cool part of our fair city, call us today at 1-800-339-8936!