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Dog Friendly Sausalito Attractions: The Perfect Weekend Getaway from San Francisco

written by ParoChak February 6, 2016

Sausalito is a small strip of a town saddled along the Richardson Bay and to your right the minute you cross the Golden Gate Bridge from the south. A perfect getaway and a dog friendly destination, this tiny city filled with European charm was our stay-cation spot for the weekend with a unique twist to it, aka spending the night in a pooch-friendly houseboat docked at the marina. This Sausalito attractions guide features recommendations on dog friendly activities in Sausalito, dog friendly Sausalito restaurants and how to make the best of your weekend in this artsy, seaside town. Read this guide to find out how incredibly dog friendly Sausalito is and plan your next getaway with your best friend today!

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

 

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
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DOG FRIENDLY SAUSALITO: LODGING

Houseboat

We chose Airbnb and this time we got a beautiful houseboat which welcomes dogs and we couldn’t be more delighted! Sausalito is a very small town and most of it comprises the marina with lines of house boats of all shapes and sizes which remain docked there, so spending a night in one seemed very exciting indeed. Ry &Ky (the owners and hopeless dog lovers) showed us around in their tiny, impeccably kept houseboat and we simply loved how cozy and chicly decorated the interior was. The only thing to watch out for in houseboat living is that the restroom is outside, i.e. on the harbor itself, so go easy on the wine/water at night before going to bed!

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

The inside of this dog friendly houseboat, though tiny, was extremely functional. The space was partitioned into a kitchenette area with a functional electric stove, and a small dining table. There were utensils inside the cabinet and a sink for washing. The other half was fashioned into a loft style bed and a small sofa/lounge area beneath it. A small door in the middle led to a shower.

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

The boat had a front porch to relax and take in the beautiful sunset and an upper deck for even more lounging. This was a very unique, first time experience for both of us and we simply loved being lulled to sleep to the gentle bobbing sound of the waves and the distant cries of the seals. Since it gets rather chilly inside the boat (being on the water and all), one is advised to bring some warm clothes The hosts generously provided us with heaters. The harbor side, which comprises of a major chunk of this coastal town, is pretty much like a residential place, except that it is on water instead of land and thus doubles up as one of many Sausalito attractions. Because Sausalito is super dog friendly, we found almost all the boats surrounding ours to be inhabited and there were lots of dogs to give Babu company! I highly recommend this houseboat as accommodation if you ever visit Sausalito; details can be found here. If renting, please be mindful of the hosts’ requests and instructions.

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation
Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

SAUSALITO ATTRACTIONS:  DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Dog Friendly Sausalito is a tiny strip of  town, “tiny” in the literal sense of the word, as in you can simply whiz through the city in a couple of hours and you will be done. Having said that it packs quite a punch in its small size and has several good dog friendly restaurants, most of which have outdoor seating. This includes the ones at harbor side leading to downtown and around it. I recommend Bar Bocce (Italian), Sandrino (again, Italian) , Avatar’s Burritos (Indian-Californian and funky to boot) and Driver’s Market (organic grocery store selling amazing breakfast food, sandwiches and dinner platter) as some of the places that you should try. We had lunch at Sandrino’s, a relatively new pizza joint, started by an Italian couple, an evening snack at Drivers and dinner pick up from Avatar’s. All places have vegetarian options. Sandrino’s does not have outdoor seating so we left Babu in the car (window pane rolled down, plus it was a chilly day) parked across the street. Drivers is a dog friendly establishment does have a small outdoor seating area.

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area airbnb pet friendly staycation

The other highly recommended dog friendly Sausalito restaurant for breakfast is the trendy and hep Cafe Cibo, which serves yummy breakfast food, pastries and hot caffeinated beverages of all kinds. The interior decor is minimalistic and chic and they also have a great outdoor seating area.

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

DOG FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN SAUSALITO

Downtown, Marina and Rodeo Beach

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito is extremely dog friendly and almost all places are accessible to your pet. So there are a lot of things to do in Sausalito with your dog even though it is a tiny little town. Take a walk along side the tiny rocky beach lining the harbor side or stroll through downtown, which are some of the major Sausalito attractions. You will get fantastic views of the city and your pet will get some much needed exercise. The harbor side is abuzz with people, cars and cyclists, so keeping your dog on a leash is a must. Additionally, please be aware of marine life and mindful of your surroundings. Seals are often spotted swimming near the rocks and we saw one of them resting on the rocks as we strolled by. It was so nice to see the mindfulness of the residents who immediately stood near the rocks forming a human chain and diverted foot traffic from that spot so as not to cause the baby seal any stress.

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation Downtown Sausalito is very picturesque with lots of boutiques, art galleries, ice-cream parlors, cafes and restaurants. There is a beautiful patch of green on one side, which is dedicated to its sister city in Chile with a tiny fountain to match. Don’t be afraid to venture into the tiny lanes that you may stumble upon cause they lead to a a flight of stairs opening into secluded neighborhoods with beautiful mansions and even more winding alleys, beautiful mosaic steps when you turn a corner or a splash of color via a cheery yellow water hydrant. Sausalito is whimsical and beautiful and the best way to discover these Sausalito attractions is on foot and away from the touristy, harbor side.

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

On our last day, we checked out of our houseboat the following morning and went on a stroll along the quieter marina side leading away from the boat. The deck along the marina is another good spot for walking your dog and does not have a lot of foot traffic.

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

We bid adieu to dog friendly Sausalito soon after this but not before checking out the much recommended Rodeo beach, which is a dog friendly beach and allows pups to be off-leash. The beach itself is famous for the semi precious stones such as Jade and tourmaline, often found when sifting the sand (people are urged not to collect them). However, it was a blistery, cold day with chilly winds and so our stay was a short one. In conclusion, we had a great time in Sausalito and I highly recommend this artsy town for a visit, with or without your pooch in tow to enjoy the many Sausalito attractions!

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

Sausalito Bay Area pet friendly staycation

I hope you enjoyed reading this dog friendly Sausalito post to get lots of ideas for planning your next pet-friendly adventure in the Bay Area and things to do in Sausalito. Read my guide to a secret beach in Sausalito here for more Sausalito attractions.

Dog Friendly Sausalito: List of dog friendly Sausalito attractions

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29 comments

Travel Pockets August 6, 2017 at 8:17 pm

A house boat sounds so cool and looks like Babu had a great time too! I’d have to see if there are any house boats to rent in Florida too. Wonder if Kuma would like it 🙂

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ParoChak August 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Oh you definitely need to try one out! And lots of love to Kuma❤️️

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Kelly / Tiny Trips & Tips September 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

I’m always looking for pet friendly destinations as we take our family dog everywhere with us! Thanks for this info 😀

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Sarah September 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I absolutely love travel with pets! And even more so, just seeing their cute faces explore new thing! Great photography too by the way!

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Selam September 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

The town looks so quaint, and the food at Sandrino and the cafe look delicious!!

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Louise September 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Funnily enough, I have just written a post on house (and pet) sitting – it’s such a great way to travel isn’t it! There are so many opportunities these days ranging from your houseboat to luxury villas, to little country cottages! I love your photos too 🙂

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Suzy September 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Wow what a cute spot! So much to see and so in such a small town. A houseboat sounds like such a novel experience, I’d definitely give it a try! Thanks for sharing your experiences ☺️ (Also your dog is SO cute!)

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Louise Allonby September 27, 2017 at 6:04 pm

This looks great! Isn’t Air Bnb just great! some of the places you can find on there are great! plus I love seeing how people decorate their houses! This boat looks great, relaxing and quirky and Babu looks incredibly happy.

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Brianna September 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

A houseboat is SUCH a great way to spend a few nights! I probably won’t bring my doggo out there, since I live on the other side of the country. But this is great to know that I could.

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Hanna September 28, 2017 at 2:33 am

Never thought about staying in a houseboat haha since I am not very good with swimming. It’s so charming though. The dog is also so cute! Going to share with a friend who is inseparable from her pups :). Pinned.

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Taylor September 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I’ve visited Sausalito many times to visit friends, but that house boat is absolutely amazing. Will definitely have to check airbnb for something similar next time I’m in the area. Great photography!

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Michelle & The Paw Pack December 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

It seems lovely there from your pictures/descriptions. Staying in a house boat sounds like a lot of fun, and my dogs would especially love the beach. I’m all the way on the other side of the country but will have to keep Sausalito in mind when we’re planning our next vacation. We always opt for pet friendly spots so we can take our two dogs with us.

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The Daily Pip December 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I love that you stayed on a houseboat! I have never slept on a boat before, but imagine it would be quite relaxing and fun that it also had a front porch! All the restaurants sound great and I think I spotted some avocado toast that looked delicious!

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The Dash Kiitten Crew December 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm

I have been boating on the Thames but never anything as gorgeous as this! What a trip and Babu looks so relaxed and happy.

Gorgeous post!

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Dear Mishu December 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

I Love Sausilito! It’s cool that Babu is brave enough to stay on a house boat. What a great idea!

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Amy Shojai, CABC December 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Wow, I love the pictures, it made me feel like I was there. And boy, do I need a vacation. And a dog. *sadsmile* Looking forward to doing more traveling with a future pup.

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Katie December 21, 2017 at 12:03 am

This sounds so fun! We would love to stay on a houseboat with our two pups, and the destination looks so beautiful. When we’re in California we’ll have to check it out.

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Jill - CharityPaws December 21, 2017 at 12:03 am

Wow — so many great things going on in Sausilito — and that cafe Cibo looks yummy! I have been to San Fran many times but may have to hit Sausilito the next time!

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Jana Rade December 21, 2017 at 1:21 am

Beautiful place. Lots of water. The only time we’d “lose” Jasmine was when there was a body of water close by. But then we’d always know where to look for her.

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Sweet Purrfections December 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

When I was in San Francisco, I took a tour bus on my last day. We did travel across the bridge into Sausalito and were able to stop for a bit. I wish I could have had more time in this wonderful little town.

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Lori Hilliard December 21, 2017 at 4:59 am

I’ve never thought of renting a houseboat through AirBnB, but the one you were on was so charming. I’m going to begin searching for our first houseboat rental this summer. I know my dog Soldier will love vacationing on the water!

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Tenacious Little Terrier December 21, 2017 at 5:30 am

Staying on a houseboat would be fun! Mr. N loves peering down at water. Did Babu have to wear a life jacket?

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ParoChak December 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Hi April, he is dead scared of water and stayed away from it with dogged resolution. We did not even think of a life jacket for him, hahaha. Maybe next time if we ever have another adventure like this.

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Rebecca Sanchez December 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

You captured Sausalito so well! Our favorite things down there are the boat living and boardwalks, so beautiful and dog friendly. You make me want to come visit again!

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Kamira G. December 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Sausalito looks like a lovely quaint town. I love that you can seeing most of everything in a weekend. A houseboat ! What a clever idea for lodging. I didn’t see that one coming. What a lovely staycation. You have the best travel adventures.

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Dolly the Doxie December 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

What a cool place to take your dog! I worked with a guy who lived in a houseboat with his wife, I’m pretty sure that’s because they couldn’t afford anything else in San Francisco! But I’d be up to staying in one for a vacation, but not sure about Dolly especially if it rocks any. Thanks for the lovely visit and pictures! Sandra and Dolly

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Amelia Johnson December 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

What a cool place to visit. I have a feeling Gusto would be jumping off of the boat and into the water to go swim with the seals…lol. I love all of your pictures that capture the culture of the town.

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Beth December 22, 2017 at 4:08 am

That houseboat is gorgeous. I’m glad to see that there are some beautiful places that are dog friendly. Years ago it seemed like all the places that accepted dogs were pretty shabby.

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