South San Francisco

The San Francisco Peninsula

Just north of the San Francisco International Airport and west of the waters of the San Francisco Bay, South San Francisco (also known as South City), offers visitors numerous activities, restaurants and places to stay.

Not only is the city known as the “Biotech Capital of the World” (heard of Genentech?), but the location conveniently places them on the map to be known by world travelers. The city offers numerous hotel options and great public transportation to San Francisco and the Bay Area. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is available at the South San Francisco Station and Ferry Service at the Oyster Point Marina.

Exterior of SAP Building overlooking the Oyster Point Marina in South San Francisco

Photo courtesy of City of SSF by Billy Hustace Photography

When Karl the Fog burns off in the early afternoon, there are plenty of things to do in South Francisco – from excellent dining options to outdoor activities, this location excites visitors from all over.

Feeling active? You can hike the famous Sign Hill Park, take a stroll along Oyster Point Park & Marina – a 33-acre park with trails and views of the San Francisco Bay or sign up for a Dragon Boating class with the Oyster Point Dragons. Want to test your wine knowledge? Look no further! Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy (there are only 12 of these people in the world!) San Francisco Wine School offers visitors of any level to come and learn about the nuances of this fine craft.

Downtown South San Francisco

Photo courtesy of City of SSF by Billy Hustace Photography

South San Francisco Hotels

The City of South San Francisco is home to a variety of hotels and each of them offers unique accommodations. As the "Biotech Capital of the World", it is expected that many of the South San Francisco hotels offer unparalleled meeting space such as the AC Hotel SFO/Oyster Point Waterfront or the Embassy Suites SFO. Attending a meeting at the South San Francisco Conference Center? Nearby hotels such as the Best Western Plus Grosvenor, the Four Points by Sheraton or the Holiday Inn SF International Airport offer convenient accommodations minutes away from the Conference Center. Now, if you’re looking for a place that’s just a few steps from the bay waterfront, take a look at the Courtyard SFO or the Residence Inn SFO at Oyster Point Waterfront. Looking for more options? Click here for more hotels in South San Francisco.

South San Francisco Restaurants

If you’re craving Island-inspired plates and cocktails at a reasonable price you can’t pass up Hula Hoops – and mention the Bureau to receive a special discount! Looking for something on the lighter side? The AC Waterfront Lounge offers evening tapas and local beer and wine selections with a gorgeous view of the bay. Looking to unwind with the city's best happy hour? South San Francisco's Houlihan's restaurant provides a great dining experience.