Daly City may sit in the shadows of San Francisco, but it rises above the rest with its fantastic beaches and breathtaking views. Thornton State Beach is great for hiking and horseback riding, but it’s not currently open to the public. Only locals have access, due in part to the many landslides. Meanwhile, dramatic bluffs mark one of the area’s hidden gems. Just ten minutes from Downtown San Francisco, Burton Memorial Beach is famous for it’s cool ocean breeze. Read on and take a visit to Daly Cith Californa!
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Weather (When to Go)
Average temperatures in Daly City vary little. If you’re looking for the very best (warmest) time to visit Daly City, the hottest months are July thru September. The temperature high is 78.4°F with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.1°F at night. The busiest months for tourism June thru August. Prices for hotels and flights will be at their highest during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.
Daly City Attractions
The infamous Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It doesn’t have any beaches, but a visit to “The Rock” is still worth the price of admission. In the mid-1800’s this island was Fort Alcatraz a military facility that was part of a three-point defense strategy for San Francisco Bay. Later in 1934 it was converted to Alcatraz Prison, a federal penitentiary.
Golden Gate Bridge
Crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco’s Presidio to the Marin headlands for 1.7 miles is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, easily identified by its International Orange color. The single-suspension span is anchored by twin towers that reach skyward 746 feet, and was once taller than any building in San Francisco. To support the suspended roadway, two cables, each more than 7,000 feet in length stretch over the top of the towers and are rooted in concrete anchorages on shore.
Want to get out of San Francisco for a day to hidden beaches and trails? For the price of a bridge toll, you can have lots of outdoor options with easy access. The Marin Headlands are a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge just minutes from downtown. Biking is another great way to get here if you have a bike or can rent one. Make sure to also check out the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Devil’s Slide Trail
The Devils Slide Trail uses the old Highway 1 road along the stretch known as the Devil’s Slide. This section of the highway was eventually replaced with a double tunnel south of Pacifica to connect San Francisco to the Half Moon Bay area. The Devils Slide Trail is a wide paved path that meanders for 1.3 miles along a steep cliff face high above the ocean. It is a popular route for bikers, runners, and walkers.
Thornton Beach State Park
Thornton State Beach is a remote beach below tall bluffs just south of San Francisco. The park is known for the hiking and equestrian trails on the bluff terraces high above the waterline. Bring a coat if you plan a trip down here as it can be windy, foggy, and cold.
Things to do in Daly City
Paragliding San Francisco
Paragliding tandem flights and instruction. If you have ever tried or been interested in trying hang gliding, parasailing, skydiving, kite boarding, kite surfing, or sailing will love paragliding! The view that you get from a paraglider is similar what you see from a hot air balloon, blimp, airship, or even helicopter flight but at a much more affordable price. Telephone:
+1 530-263-7558 Web: Paragliding San Francisco
Red & White Fleet
Sail under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz aboard the 1-hr Golden Gate Bay Cruise featuring headphone audio about San Francisco sights and history in 12 languages; 8-12 daily cruises starting at 10AM. Or enjoy amazing sunset views, live music and hearty appetizers aboard the relaxed 2-hr California Sunset Cruise with sailings from April-October. Telephone:
+1 415-673-2900 Web: Red & White Fleet
Orange Sky Adventures
Orange Sky Adventures does trips + treks + tours of California and beyond. We camp, stay in hotels and show you the best parts of America on a road trip with friends. Telephone: +1 415-741-8977 Web: Orange Sky Adventures
Mara Vista Stables
Horseback ride down to Thornton State Beach through rolling hills and wildflowers then ride along the beautiful Pacific Ocean watching for dolphins, seals, red tailed hawks and marine life. Telephone: +1 650-991-4224 Web: Mara Vista Stables
Golden Gate Rides
San Francisco’s premier bicycle rental and private tour company. Ride golden. Ride with them! They will deliver the bikes to you & pickup for free when you make an online reservation a day in advance! Telephone:
+1 415-757-0838 Web: Golden Gate Rides
Best Restaurants in Daly City
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$$ Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant
This is one of the best restaurants in Daly City. If you love Mexican food, this is the place for you. Though it may be small, their food definitely isn’t. With their big portions, this food is sure to fill you up and make you happy. They have a lot of different dishes to choose from, so you could have something different every time you visit. Telephone: +1 650 756 6289 Web: Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant
$$$ Keith’s Chicken N Waffles
Signature fried chicken, specialty waffles, and infused waffles. They are the only chicken and waffle on the peninsula. Experience great fried chicken – hot and crispy and seasoned perfectly. Great waffles – Belgium and Red Velvet. Soul food sides – amazing Mac and cheese, greens, cornbread, baked beans, etc. And with no room left, really good peach cobbler for the road. Telephone: +1 415-347-7208 Web: Keith’s Chicken N Waffles
$$$ California Fish Grill
Savor their open kitchen as vegetables and herbs are chopped, fish is hand battered, and meals are cooked on our signature flame grill. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy an appetizer, while they cook and prepare everything by hand. It’s hard work… but for us, it’s worth it. Telephone: +1 650-517-5712 Web: California Fish Grill
$$ – $$$ Boulevard Cafe
Just about everything on their menu is prepared from scratch including soups, dressings, and sauces. They use sustainable raised grass-fed beef and fresh seafood. Their poultry is free of hormones, antibiotics and delivered fresh, never frozen. Paired with their warm and inviting ambiance and friendly service, Boulevard Cafe hopes to make your dining experience a memorable and satisfying one. Telephone: +1 650-755-3400 Web: Boulevard Cafe
$$ – $$$ Burma Cafe
Their chefs are very meticulous about food preparation, taste and overall quality to make sure your experience with Burmese delicacies is a pleasant one. Their variety of salads, soups, curries and noodles can be paired perfectly with any of their specialty drinks, including beers and wines. Telephone: +1 650-992-6363 Web: Burma Cafe
Best Nightlife in Daly City
This is the best dive bar. They serve excellent tiki-tropical cocktails at a great price. Nice backyard patio, great bartenders, and interesting regulars. Warm fireplace for those windy Pacifica nights. A perfect hang-out. Telephone: +1 650-355-5111 Web (Yelp): Surf Lounge
Longboard Margarita Bar
They specialize in an array of delicious margaritas using fresh ingredients including fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and our fresh fruit purees made in house. Along with our margaritas, we offer 11 beers on tap as well as a full bar to meet any taste. They provide live entertainment every weekend ranging from 70’s and 80’s rock and popular music to all of today’s favorite hits. Telephone: +1 650-738-5905 Web: Longboard Margarita Bar
Last Stop Sports Bar & Lounge
Head in on a weekday to have a casual drink or two in a fun environment… just you or take a group of friends along. Head there on the weekend to dance, drink and party with them. Telephone: +1 650-991-1104 Web: Last Stop Sports Bar & Lounge
This is a cantina and latin bar. Just get a bucket of corona for around $15 and have fun listening to old school latin music. Have fun. This isn’t a place to have high expectations. You literally just go here for beers and conversation. Web: Gino’s Club
Established in 1883 and an Irish tavern this bar has plenty of atmosphere, memorabilia and sits in the middle of the Colma cemetery district and has been the venue for wakes for the past century and more. An experience that has to be gone through to appreciate. Telephone: +1 650-270-4853 Web: Molloy’s Tavern
Best Hotels in Daly City
Hampton Inn San Francisco – Daly City
This hotel is within a 10-minute drive of Pacifica Pier and Ocean Beach. Make yourself at home in one of the 86 air-conditioned guestrooms with free WiFi access, cable programming and complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Hampton Inn San Francisco Daly City.
Alpine Inn & Suites
The European-style Alpine Inn & Suites is not far from downtown San Francisco. This is a unique European hotel with a refreshing dash of American. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Alpine Inn & Suites.
The budget traveler’s answer to high-priced San Francisco hotel rooms, this 36-room charmer in Daly City just minutes from downtown San Francisco hits on all the right notes. Behind its 60s-era facade are fun guest rooms, and the decade’s favorite tunes. And while the hotel pays homage to a bygone era, its thoughtful services and high-tech amenities are the modern day marvels today’s freethinking travelers expect. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Milo Hotel.
El Camino Inn
The El Camino is located in Daly City, the quiet suburban side of San Francisco. For business or pleasure the Inn provides a comfortable and central location for your stay in the Bay Area. They offer the best guest service and a variety of amenities to make your stay comfortable and convenient. Experience a memorable and worry-free vacation or business trip in the heart of Daly City. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the El Camino Inn.
Make yourself at home in one of the 35 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary WiFi and satellite programming is available, as well as private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations with complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Housekeeping is provided daily, and irons/ironing boards can be requested. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the BridgePoint Inn.