But if you are going up the coast anyway, it is a great diversion. I will say that Route 13 is a killer though. Time stands still and you are not sure you are ever going to see your family again.
Back to the bridge...the gift shop is cute and not cheesy/touristy at all. They have jewelry and the like from local artists as well as local beer, wine and snacks. We did not eat but the food looked fresh coming from the kitchen and the menu was interesting. It's not really a restaurant, more like a cafe in between the gift shop and the bathrooms. There looked to be outside dining but it was windy that day and the tables and chairs were put away. And be sure to stand at the plexiglass windows and have a semi go under you doing 60!
No ships when we traveled Saturday evening but there was no road traffic either so I guess it's a trade off. We have seen ships lined up there at night and that was great so I bet it is awesome during the day. The fishing pier was busy and "free" after you pay the toll. I can imagine it's hard to find a spot some days. We saw a few pelicans and a couple of falcons plus some other more common birds. The birdwatching is a bonus. I will say too that the stop is not very well marked and we did miss it last time somehow. This time they gave out coupons at the toll booth which reminded us to slow down and look for the turn off.
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