Tiburon has a tagline – Easy to find. Hard to leave. It seems so true. Tiburon is a place to relax on the water and watch the boats go by. Time has slowed down in this town – except, of course, if you are racing out of the Corinthian Yacht Club. Or if you were here before the 1930s, when it was a high-spirited railroad town. During the Prohibition era Sam’s Anchor Café was known to have been serving Whiskey as if running a bar was nothing out of the ordinary then, with deliveries by boat underneath their building. Sam’s is still serving drinks today on their wonderful waterside deck. Rumor has it that the infamous gangster Al Capone had drinks at Sam’s before a barge took him over to Alcatraz in 1934.
The railroad is now a historic walking trail for 2.5 miles to Blackie’s Pasture where you’ll find a statue honoring Blackie, the old Calvary horse, who was put out to pasture. The trail starts in town and dogs are welcome. You can immerse yourself in more of Tiburon’s history at the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum originally built in 1885, just down from the very true Main Street.
Main Street is filled with restaurants, shops and a hotel on the water. If you arrive by boat, there are ample guest slips along the docks. Main Street curves into Historic Ark Row with lots of boutique shops full of treasures, wine tasting and the Tiburon Playhouse Theater – known for its popcorn, comfy seats and the option of beer and wine at the concession stand.
Staying for a while? The water has many modes of transportation. Ferries can take you to Angel Island for a hike or picnic or to San Francisco for a day of shopping and dining. You can charter a sailboat for a day on the Bay or use the water taxi service offering trips around Marin, to the East Bay and many stops in San Francisco, including AT&T Park for the Giants’ games.
Besides all the water connections here, another unknown fact is that “…Tiburon is a dog-friendly town,” according to Lisa Giffin of Waters Edge Hotel, which welcomes your dog up to 74 lbs. Also this town is bike friendly.
So, Tiburon is dog friendly, bike friendly and hard to leave. Be ready when you land here! Destination: Tiburon.