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Stay in Castro Valley

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Stay in Castro Valley

Wife and I are staying in CV next month while visiting SF, our first trip to the city.

Dont really want to drive in unfamiliar areas or pay big $$ to park.

How best to travel to the SF tourist destinations from CV? Not opposed to walking once we get there. Can we ride the Muni?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Mike D

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1. Re: Stay in Castro Valley

Welcome to TA forums Mike. May I ask why you are staying so far away if you want to see SF. Why not stay in SF to see SF instead

I would reconsider and look for a hotel in your budget in SF. Please go to the San Francisco Forum and read the TOP Questions about where to stay and a list of budget hotels. Yes you can ride MUNI but not all the way from CV -- It must be 30 or more miles away from SF.

If for some reason you insist on staying there, you can take BART to SF and use MUNI to go around town.

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Castro Valley is a middle- to lower-middle-class suburb with very little charm except in the parks in the nearby hills. I would not recommend staying there to visit San Francisco.... but having said that, you can easily take BART (a light rail system) from the Castro Valley station into downtown San Francisco. Depending on where you are going from there, you can take Muni or walk from whatever BART station is most convenient to your destination. The ride is about 30-45 minutes each way, and will be packed with commuters during the morning and late afternoon rush hours.

Let us know where you want to visit in SF and we can tell you which BART station to arrive at, and how to proceed from there.

(Edited to add... apparently great minds think alike, Belomiser!)

Edited: 14 August 2013, 01:01
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Thank you! Only have a few days there so want to see the waterfront, Pier, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, you know, the places all the locals probably avoid. Someone told us you can rent bikes and ride to the Presidio then across the bridge and catch a ferry back from Sausalito.

Sounds like we can ride BART from CV to downtown. How about a recommendation for something we absolutely should not miss. Quaint romantic restaurant with a view, art gallery, theatre??

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Please explain how and why you picked Castro Valley -- 25 miles away from San Francisco? As Susan and belo mention it's not exactly "tourist central" certainly not a convenient place from which to visit SF.

Why would anyone want to commute to their vacation? Because that's exactly what you'll be doing. You obviously aren't aware of how crowded BART is coming into the city in the AM and back out in the PM (I believe the system carries 400K people a day). Not to mention paying almost $10 a day for the privilege.

Please read through the Top Questions on the San Francisco forum. There are some excellent ones there about why it's a bad idea to stay outside the city in order to see the city. And staying in CV is an every worse idea.

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http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=restaurants&find_loc=Castro+Valley%2C+CA&ns=1#sortby=rating&l=p:CA:Castro_Valley::

All the restaurants in Castro Valley. Not sure which one is quaint on that list. Hayward and Fremont are next door and are known for their Asian restaurants.

If your question is about SF, then please look at the SF forum

Edited: 14 August 2013, 02:18
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It’s possible OP may be confusing Castro Valley with the Castro district of SF which is only a few miles from many major visitor sites, and thinking it is closer than it is. Castro Valley is a bland suburb a long way from the City, and as others mentioned, you’ll be riding the same crowded transit trains as thousands of working stiffs in both the morning and evening.

If you look at the number of threads on the Castro Valley forum, that should be a hint that it has almost nothing to do, nothing to see, and nowhere to go, of significant visitor interest.

Even if this were not your first trip to San Francisco, I would never, ever suggest anyone stay that far out in the burbs. There are towns closer to SF that would be better choices, but still, particularly for your first visit, be good to yourself and get the most from your time and energy, and try to stay in the City. On the San Francisco forum, see the Top Questions topic for “Hotels: Where to Stay When Visiting San Francisco.”

September and October are tough periods for tourists looking for lodgings, especially this year because we have the America’s Cup sailing races along with some of the biggest annual conventions that come here. But the “Motel Row” on Lombard Street ought to have some possibilities.

Something quaint and unique that you should absolutely not miss? I would say, the opportunity to stay in the City itself if you can, to be immersed in the special ambience that you won’t find anywhere else, to actually “live here” and be able to step outside at midnight and people watch, hear a cable car, or see one of our spectacular views, and know you are really in San Francisco.

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