With sassy San Francisco in easy reach, the Bay on one side and 60 miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline on the other, San Mateo County, California has a lot going for it. Stretching out on a peninsula just south of the city, it's the perfect base both for dipping in and out of 'Frisco's endless charm and non-stop buzz, and for kicking back among a string of captivating coastal enclaves. Plus there's plenty of outdoor action on offer, too.
The incredible fresh, local produce, seafood, wine and microbrews make it a renowned culinary destination and cultural activities abound, including world-class museums, wineries, galleries, and entertainment venues. Nature lovers enjoy tide pooling, whale watching, deep sea fishing, seeing elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Reserve and hiking throughout acres of scenic open space. Sports buffs have choices year ‘round, with the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, Oakland As and San Jose Sharks a quick mass transit ride away.
This is also the home of Silicon Valley, where hi-tech giants like Facebook perform their wizardry, and towns like Hillsborough and Woodside are stacked with multi-million-dollar mansions. There's history to see too, like at Colma with its restored buildings and old cemeteries, and at Stanford, home of the famous university. Plus, over on the Bay side, the lagoons and waterways of Foster City are tops for canoeing, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
There are endless reasons why the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley area is the favourite place to stay when visiting San Francisco. From miles of pristine coastline on the Pacific Ocean, to gourmet creations featuring the fresh catch of the day, to unique shopping experiences, there are all the ingredients to make the most of your precious holiday time. With so much to see and do, San Mateo County is easy to get to, but very hard to leave.