Coming back for a vacation in SF but bringing 2 teens so my husband and I are renting an apartment. Trying to figure out the right neighborhood. Here is what we are looking for:
Close to transportation
Fun and busy enough neighborhood
Lots of shops, cafés, restaurants
Either near a park or the water, if possible but not key
Near enough to main tourist center but doesn't need to be right in
Access to supermarket
Access hopefully to a gym
We won't have a car. We love to walk interesting neighborhoods and explore but we still want to take the kids to do the typical stuff...Alcatraz, cable cars, the Warf, etc. but want to be someone where there is a lot of street life. We are foodies and coffee freaks. Want to enjoy a fun neighborhood but safety is key.
Also, we are thinking of staying 8 nights and renting a Zip car ( I think that's what they are called) to take a drive or 2 out if the city. We will be in SF for 8 nights. Would love some feedback on best day trips...
Also, does anyone know where we could swim? A hotel pool that allows day guests?
Lastly, what is August like in SF? I've only been there in the Fall...